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Psalm 78
. . . we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the LORD, his power, and the wonders he has done. .
so the next generation would know them . . . and they in turn would tell their children.
Then they would put their trust in God and would not forget his deeds but would keep his commands.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

That's Progress!

We're studying the Progressive Era in the Edwards Academy, but it almost feels like we're studying current events. Progressive ideology is increasingly carrying the day, at the expense of individual liberty. Hope and Sydney have been thinking through the pros and cons of Woodrow Wilson's Progressivism, taking an honest look at the good that came of it, and a hard look at the harm that has been done by it.

In short, Progressives saw problems in American society that they sought to solve through government intervention. Because American Constitutional government was limited in its power, Progressives were limited in their ability to accomplish social reforms without re-imagining the Constitution to be a "living" document, a system that should adapt to the times. Government action is costly, so the Constitution was amended in 1913 to enable the federal government to collect income tax. 

We set aside our studies for our lunch break today and I read this news headline to the kids: "NYC Board of Health passes big-soda crackdown rule." I explained that in New York City they now have a 16-ounce size limit on sugary drinks served in restaurants, movie-houses, and concession stands.  Why? Because they believe that people are too fat and unhealthy, partly because they don't say "no" to high-calorie drinks.

Sydney responded, "That's Progressive!"

Lane asked, "Well, if they think that sugary drinks are bad for you, why do they allow alcohol?"

1 comment:

Sharon said...

Joshua says,
"Yeah, and why don't they ban juices in that size? Because sometimes juices have double the sugar that soft drink has. And why don't they ban alcohol, cigarettes and things like that? I think it would be better to teach them to make good choices in the first place."

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