(USA Features) U.S. Attorney General William Barr said Wednesday during a speech at a religious event in Washington, D.C., that “progressivism” and “socialist” elements were threatening basic freedoms bequeathed to Americans by the founding fathers.
Barr warned about a “strain of progressivism” that has become evident over the past few decades that seeks to move the country away from the liberal democratic institutions of the founders.
He added that the remedy is to protect religious freedom and freedom of the press, while moving towards decentralization of government power.
The AG said he was growing increasingly concerned about the recent push of progressivism that subscribes to the philosophy that demands the use of “coercive power of the state to remake man and society.”
He said this movement has become increasingly militant and totalitarian in style as its adherents move to change American society.
They seek power through the democratic process to advance their policy agendas, Barr added, noting they are becoming more “aggressively collectivist, socialist, and explicitly revolutionary.” The goal is to use taxpayer money to make as many Americans as possible dependent on government and, ultimately, the progressive ideology.
“The tacit goal of this project is to convert all of us into 25 year-olds living in the government’s basement, focusing our energies on obtaining a larger allowance rather than getting a job and moving out,” he said at the National Religious Broadcasters Convention.
He said the movement is one reason why America’s contemporary political discourse has become “less like a disagreement within a family, and more like a blood feud between two different clans.”
“I think one significant reason our politics has become so intense and so ill-tempered is that some in the so-called ‘progressive’ movement have broken away from the fold of liberal democracy to pursue a society more in line with the thinking of [Jean-Jacques] Rousseau than that of our nation’s Founders,” he said, referencing the political philosopher, influenced the French revolution and modern socialism.