"progressives erected a system and culture where the government in Washington is the agency of first and last resort for all of our problems"
Aye, the crux of the matter. Long ago, we conservatives relinquished the idea that our faith (whatever that involves) matters in day-to-day life. The statists went about their quiet way, building, investing, and leavening the culture around them. The tree they planted 150 years ago (Dewey, Mann, et al) has flourished and grown under or very noses.
For 100 years we conservatives have wistfully gazed upon this tree and self-deceived ourselves into believing that it was an olive tree. Now that it has borne it fruit of apples, we don't understand from whence cometh such fruit. And we continue to in