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The Progressive Transformation Is Regime Change

Progressives love to talk about their plans to “transform” America. President Barack Obama used the term often. Joe Biden has adopted it in his own campaign. But what does it really mean? A quick look at progressive proposals currently on the table provides a chilling answer: What they’re after is nothing short of regime change.

The last time we had a regime change in the United States was 1789, when we jettisoned the Articles of Confederation in favor of the Constitution. That robust regime has experienced many different administrations over the past 230 years. Through nearly all of that history, a broad national consensus revered the Founding Fathers and the constitutional republic they bequeathed us.

Progressives have been quite candid: They’re not part of that consensus. To progressives, America’s founding was mired in racism. The Constitution was a pact between actual slaveowners such as Washington and Jefferson, and those such as Adams and Hamilton willing to legalize that slavery.

Even the heroes of later anti-slavery generations—including Abraham Lincoln, Frederick Douglass, Teddy Roosevelt, and Martin Luther King—run afoul of contemporary progressive sensibilities. Their patriotic fervor, belief in the American dream, and focus on integration rather than compensation marks them as morally deficient.


Bruce Abramson

Bruce Abramson

Bruce Abramson has over thirty years of experience working as a technologist, economist, attorney, and policy analyst. Dr. Abramson holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Columbia and a J.D. from Georgetown. He has contributed to the scholarly literature on computing, business, economics, law, and foreign policy, and written extensively about American politics and policy.