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Mark Levin: Our Founding Fathers Reject the Philosophy that Undergirds Progressivism

Max Augros
By Max Augros | July 5, 2018 | 3:20 PM EDT

Mark Levin.  (YouTube)

On his nationally syndicated radio talk show Wednesday, host Mark Levin highlighted the stark ideological differences between progressives and the Founding Fathers of the United States, citing examples of previous American scholars and presidents who rejected the principles of the Declaration of Independence. “[A] poison has been let loose into the body politic,” he said. “Our Founding Fathers reject everything, everything associated with the philosophy that undergirds progressivism.”

“Marxism, Hegelism [sic], and other isms brought forth in the United States this so-called ‘progressive’ movement, self-named, progressivism, which of course is regressivism,” said Levin. “And the earliest of the progressive intellectuals, [in] the 1850s and the 1860s and beyond, attacked the Declaration of Independence. The history I just gave you leading up to the Declaration of Independence, they completely and utterly reject. They write about it.”

Levin named Woodrow Wilson, John Dewey, and Theodore Roosevelt as men who popularized the progressive movement in America. “[T]hese men, these ideologues, these intellectuals, spent their time academically and politically trying to make the case for rejecting the basic principles that are set forth in the Declaration of Independence.”

Mark Levin’s comments come after openly socialist presidential and congressional candidates have begun gaining popularity among progressive Democrats since 2016. On June 26, 2018, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a 28-year-old Democratic Socialist from New York, won an unexpected victory over 20-year Democrat congressman Joe Crowley in the state’s 14th Congressional District.

Below is a transcript of Mark Levin’s remarks on his show Wednesday:

What has happened – and I touched on it early on and I’ve talked about it before and I’ve written about it in Rediscovering Americanism: And the Tyranny of Progressivism – is a poison has been let loose into the body politic. Our founding fathers reject everything, everything associated with the philosophy that undergirds progressivism. Hegelism [sic]: Hegel was a German philosopher, a Prussian if you will. And despite all his writings and all his talk about ‘the people’ and so forth, he essentially, when you really want to summarize it, was backing the German empire. Marx picked up on Hegelism [sic], modified it, [and] added materialism to it.

Marxism, Hegelism [sic], and other isms brought forth in the United States this so-called ‘progressive’ movement, self-named, progressivism, which of course is regressivism. And the earliest of the progressive intellectuals, [in] the 1850s and the 1860s and beyond, attacked the declaration of independence. The history I just gave you leading up to the declaration of independence, they completely and utterly reject. They write about it. They explain how and why they reject it, which is why I included it in my book.

President Woodrow Wilson.

We had a president of the United States in Woodrow Wilson who was one of the so-called progressive intellectuals, 30 years before he was elected president. And you had many – John Dewey and so forth – who were enormously influential, influential with another president, by the name of Theodore Roosevelt who obviously preceded Woodrow Wilson, a republican. And these men, these ideologues, these intellectuals, spent their time academically and politically trying to make the case for rejecting the basic principles that are set forth in the declaration of independence. They basically dismissed the declaration and all the history I just gave and the history that followed that created our constitution. They reject it as a historical throwback that was all very important for the time, but the times have changed.

Jefferson said, in a letter responding to a critic, a critic who said to Jefferson ‘yeah well you know you wrote this Declaration of Independence, you really didn’t have many new ideas in there’ and Jefferson said the point wasn’t to make new ideas: the point was to embrace the right ideas. And he says in his letter that he looked to Aristotle and Cicero and Sidney and Locke and many others. And so did his contemporaries at the time. Do the progressives look at Aristotle, Cicero, Sidney, and Locke? No, no. They look to Marx and Hegel.


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