Letter | Progressives’ good intentions mask disastrous policies

May 4, 2013 

One man’s obsession in the pursuit at all costs of questionable principles exemplifies the delusional commitment of self-satisfied progressives.

During World War II, a fictional Lt. Col. Nicholson, a British officer imprisoned in a Japanese camp in Thailand, collaborates with the enemy by successfully organizing his fellow prisoners in building a railroad bridge for transporting Japanese troops.

His treasonous cooperation is masked by his fanatical belief in a code of military honor and a desire to foster his fellow prisoners’ morale.

The incomparable British actor the late Sir Alec Guinness portrayed Nicholson in the 1957 Academy award winning film, “The Bridge on the River Kwai.” Nicholson finally comes to fully realize his folly as, mortally wounded, he falls onto the electrical plunger that ignites explosives planted on the bridge by a team of Allied commandos.

Hell is paved with good intentions, and, as the renowned commentator Dennis Prager observed, “In order to do good personally, and in order to support social policies that do good, what humans need even more than a good heart … is wisdom.”

The moral value and effectiveness of any human undertaking must be weighed, not just by the loftiness of one’s intentions, but by the consequences it has for society.

Progressives find justification for the drastically negative consequences for our nation that result from the Obama administration’s social and fiscal policies in their well-meaning and self-satisfying intentions. Hopefully soon, these delusional progressives will utter Lt. Col. Nicholson’s last words, “What have I done?”

The writer lives in Carolina Shores, N.C.

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