Have you ever scratched your head sometimes, when someone you know who you are sure is not progressive in any way, doesn't support big government, doesn't like it, and doesn't like people who are progressives and are constantly push for the biggest government man has ever known - sends you something or says something that makes you scratch your head? The end result is you say to yourself or to them: "You know who wrote that, right?"
Enter the "An American's Creed". You ever heard of this? Chances are, you've seen it in whole or at least in part at least once in your email. I know I have. This is a good lesson in how progressives reel people in and start polluting them into the religion of big government.
I do not choose to be a common man. It is my right to be uncommon. I seek opportunity to develop whatever talents God gave me - not security. I do not wish to be a kept citizen, humbled and dulled by having the state look after me. I want to take the calculated risk; to dream, to fail, and to succeed. I refuse to barter incentive for a dole. I prefer the challenges of life to the guaranteed existence; the thrill of fulfillment to the stale calm of utopia. I will not trade freedom for beneficence nor my dignity for a handout. I will never cower before any earthly master nor bend to any threat. It is my heritage to stand erect, proud and unafraid; to think and act myself, enjoy the benefit of my creations and to face the world boldly and say, "This, with God’s help, I have done." All this is what it means to be an American.”
Look at that! Look at it. This could easily pass as a Reagan quote. If I didn't know who wrote it and what their story was, I myself would be very sympathetic to this in its entirety. This was written by Dean Alfange, who started out with the American Labor Party, an actual socialist party which tended increasingly communist. Alfange tended anti-communist. Being anti-communist simply is not enough. Since Alfange wrote this, I reject it.
Alfange later became a Democrat and a strong supporter of Truman due to Truman's promise of nationalizing healthcare.(The life long dream of progressives for over a century) Alfange eventually was a part of the Liberal Party of New York which was, again, a party for bigger government.
The point is, none of this quote is real, since Alfange was a life long supporter of big government for as far as the eye can see. Coming from Dean Alfange, this might as well have come from Harry Reid or Nancy Pelosi or Van Jones. This "Creed" is not a genuine statement of deeply held internal convictions, this "Creed" is an outreach in order to suck people in. "Yeah, maybe them progressives aren't so bad after all!" "Maybe he's a centrist!"
It's a trojan horse. Don't fall into the trap.