When conservative talk about about how the progressive movement was built on the foundation of the same programs that fascinated the fascists in the 1930s and 1940s, we’re generally shouted down as liars. Well, we are inaccurate in one respect. Fascist mainstays like eugenics, forced sterilization, population controls, and state control over the most minuscule aspects of your life for the “common good” aren’t buried as deeply as a foundation normally is. These days, that stuff is right on the surface.
Ed Driscoll has a few recent instances that show just how close to the top those ideas still are in the Democratic Party. The folks espousing those views aren’t fringe cranks either. One of them is a Supreme Court justice. The other is the “Science Czar”, hand-picked by President Obama.
I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again: the progressive movement’s sole aim is control. They suffer from the delusion that they can bring about a utopia on Earth and they don’t particularly care what they have to trample — your liberties or the Constitution — to get what they so desperately want.
UPDATE: Here’s an interesting quote unearthed by Jonah Goldberg.
In 1992, Ron Weddington, co-counsel in the Roe vs. Wade Supreme Court case, wrote a letter to President-elect Clinton, imploring him to rush RU-486 — a.k.a. “the abortion pill” — to market as quickly as possible.
“[Y]ou can start immediately to eliminate the barely educated, unhealthy and poor segment of our country,” Weddington insisted. All the president had to do was make abortion cheap and easy for the populations we don’t want. “It’s what we all know is true, but we only whisper it. … Think of all the poverty, crime and misery … and then add 30 million unwanted babies to the scenario. We lost a lot of ground during the Reagan-Bush religious orgy. We don’t have a lot of time left.”
Weddington offered a clue about who, in particular, he had in mind: “For every Jesse Jackson who has fought his way out of the poverty of a large family, there are millions mired in poverty, drugs and crime.” Ah, right. Jesse Jackson. Got it.