In the annals of The Bulletproof Patriot lie several previously published articles which have asserted, with whatever evidence was available at the time, that modern, social and economic Progressivism is not the pure, innocent, person-focused movement that so many seem to think. Rather, Progressivism is simply a sister ideology to the old relics of the past, namely Soviet-style Communism, albeit retreaded to impart a "very American " feel to what is somewhat popularly regarded as a modern, lively, and altruistic social movement.
The re-branding of the Progressive movement has lead to its widespread adoption and acceptance, particularly among those who consider themselves socially conscious. Bastions of such consciousness lie in the usual places - colleges and large metropolitan areas (particularly New York City and Los Angeles), although the movement has successfully entrenched itself into mainstream social and political thought.
Despite strenuous efforts to cleanse the movement of its past sins, the old relics of Stalin, Mao, and (a little less directly) Hitler, have so deeply stained the underlying fabric of Progressivism that they can no longer be completely obscured by flamboyant and distracting social jestures, a la the "glitter bombing" of politicians as we have recently observed .
The Communist stains of the Progressive movement have bled through in recent history in the form of the Occupy Movement  and such Progressive-oriented rallies as the Ed Schultz-sponsored "One Nation" rally at the Lincoln Memorial on 10/2/2010 and the upcoming "Take Back the American Dream" rally, sponsored by Van Jones, the self-described Communist turned Progressive, and former Obama Administration Green Jobs Czar .
As TBP has previously reported  [h/t PJ Media], the Occupy movement has been publicly supported by such radical organizations as the American Nazi Party, the Communist Party USA, the government of North Korea, the Revolutionary Communist Party, Socialist Party USA, Industrial Workers of the World, CAIR, the Communist Party of China, Hezbollah, the International Bolshevik Tendency, Anonymous, White Revolution, the International Socialist Organization, the Marxist Student Union, the Freedom Road Socialist Organization, and the Party for Socialism and Liberation. (If you don't believe me, click the link above - all of these are duly referenced back to the original sources which speak clearly for themselves.)
With the Occupy movement poised to explode the moment the ground thaws this spring (the "99% Spring  "), Anonymous declaring war on Israel  and Christianity , and supposedly "mainstream" Progressive organizations embracing both, it is becoming more and more important for Americans to recognize the present dangers of the radical Progressive movement, as the movement will be upon us from all directions if things continue at this pace. Add to that the European (and American) debt crises, the national elections this fall, and brewing unrest inhabiting all facets of society, and you wind up with something of a perfect storm. Bottom up, top down .
Under the guise of normalcy, even major media figures have managed to align themselves with the radical movement without attracting attention. National Progressive radio host Thom Hartmann (who has previously equated the modern "States' Rights" movement with racial segregation), who can be heard on any number of Progressive radio stations nationwide, also hosts a show entitled, "The Big Picture" on RT News .
RT is the re-branding of the government-funded and sponsored propaganda network formerly known as Russia Today . The aim of the RT network, according to their own website, is to offer projects which "are specifically tailored to accustom the international audience with the Russian perspective ." It should come as no surprise that Thom Hartmann, a dedicated Progressive, stars in a show recorded and produced by a Russian government-funded "news" organization. To the best of my recollection, I have never heard Hartmann express to his radio listeners that he also stars in a show on a network dedicated to "accustom the international audience with the Russian perspective."
I would suspect that we will begin to see more and more of this as the radical Progressive movement begins to rise in acceptance, despite the relative lack of knowledge about the foundations of the movement, as the actors increasingly feel vindicated and welcomed by a largely unprepared populace.
Nevertheless, the stain of Communism continues to shine through and can be easily identified by anyone who knows what they're looking for. Take, for example, the following - a depiction of the official state emblems from the Soviet era and their modern Communist counterparts:
If the similarities aren't obvious, allow me to make it clear:
While the hammer and sickle are the most widely understood symbols of international Communism, the red, five-point star is the common theme. The red star as a symbol of Communism began in the early days of the Soviet Union, although the specific source (likely Trotsky or the Bolsheviks) is disputed . Although red stars have appeared throughout popular culture and have various meanings, the presence of the red star is a nearly universal theme of Communist propaganda:
The disease of Communism ran so deep throughout the last century that it stained the Socialist movement that succeeded the Soviet era and which, to a large degree, continues to persist even today:
Even in supposed "main stream" organizations such as the AFL-CIO the red star of Communism persists - where it doesn't, the red field almost exclusively takes its place. While Socialism has taken a back seat to some degree, largely due to the negative reaction most Americans have to the mere thought (and the reason President Obama and his supporters strenuously deny their Marxist and Socialist tendencies ), Progressivism has taken a front seat as the movement supportive of the radical agenda. Progressivism, too, has been unable to shake the Communist stain:
The red star of Communism is much more closely associated with Progressivism than the average Progressive will lead us all to believe. It's about time we start keeping our eyes open, as the new Red Menace is beginning to crawl back out into the open and is begging to be exposed.
Our generation must be the one to eradicate the Communist disease, in all of its forms. If we fail to deal with Communism head on, liberty and freedom aren't the only things that will be lost - if history is any guide, millions of lives will be lost in the name of "social justice" and "equality " as well.
In love of liberty,
The Bulletproof Patriot