Progressivism is a “cancer” in America: so says Glenn Beck, and so agrees Rep. Paul Ryan, a Republican from Wisconsin. Ryan says his goal is to “indict the entire vision of progressivism” which he says is “a complete affront of the whole idea of this country.”
He says he wants to “flush out progressives” and that he knows about them because he grew up in Janesville, WI, “just 35 miles from Madison,” as if progressivism is, and has been, some secret cult that he’s now revealing to us and from which he must save us. He’s on this (ahem) courageous mission “so people can actually see what this ideology means” and “how it attacks the American idea.” Just how un-American is it? Ryan tells us that “this stuff came from the German intellectuals to Madison” and that the “Austrians” were its “founders.”
In a speech he gave last January, Ryan said
….there was the Wisconsin Deal. In my home state, the University of Wisconsin was an early hotbed of progressivism, whose goal was to reorder society along lines other than those of the Constitution.