Progress in the United States has its counterpart and it is Anti-Progress. The choice of the Founding Fathers to rebel against King George III is the first strike for progress of the young nation. The Founders chose to become a separate government and one where the people rule. Shocking thing for the humans on Earth in the late 18th Century. The idea of more freedom appealed to the Founders and they wanted it to be part of the country they were creating.
The first signs of Anti-Progress appeared when it became clear that not all men are created equal. To include non-white males in this new government was too much progress for the collective States calling themselves a nation. One have of the nation relied heavily on the enslavement of blacks, and this peculiar institution needed to be maintained. Compromises were made in the drafting of our nation's second Constitution in 1787. Freedom for some, about zero to three-fifths for others. Major progress was averted.
The progress for blacks to be equal to whites would take time. Those demanding abolition were unable to end slavery in the United States peacefully, and after over 80 years of boiling up civil war erupted. While President Abraham Lincoln offered a peaceful resolution to succession he vowed to preserve the Union. The South chose war. And it became a war to free the slave and progress the nation toward that freedom our Founding Fathers sought in 1776.
Believing that progress won after the Civil War ended in 1865 is wrong. The supporters of an Anti-Progress mindset would be the true victors. The failure of Reconstruction in the South by both President Andrew Johnson from 1865-67 and the Radical Republicans from 1867 until 1877, contributed a lot to the success the Anti-Progress movement would have over the next ninety years. Presidential Reconstruction and Congressional, or Radical, Reconstruction both failed to live up to Lincoln's wish of malice toward none. Segregation and lynchings would leave the supporters of Anti-Progress as the victors in the 20th Century.
Sure the supporters of progress had some victories with women suffrage granted early in the century. As our history has shown progress takes time and the reason that is true is because of Anti-Progress and its followers. With the victories in the Civil Rights Movements of the 1950s and 1960s led by Martin Luther King Jr. and President Lyndon Johnson, to name two of the many, progress was taking place. Anti-Progress was hit hard and they adapted to the times. The spirit of 1776 was making its way through the country's growth.
The Minority Majority, the small portion of Americans supporting Anti-Progress have made a push for Anti-Progress since President Barack Obama's inauguration in 2009. Their presence was made known when same-sex marriage started appearing on the ballot, at City Hall, and before State Supreme Courts. They are the descendants of those that bonded and sold human beings, treated women as second class citizens, segregated society, happily and freely kill the innocent. The reason they support these Anti-Progress and not the freedom sought by the Founders in 1776, is because they the Minority Majority are misinformed and show no signs of intelligence.
The progress of our nation is something that bothers these people so they accept what they are told about legitimate birth certificate of Barack Obama or screaming while spreading the falsehoods of the health care debate. Anti-Progress is fueled by the misinformed and contribute to the explanation why progress takes time.