Being Progressive

Over at the website Think Progress, Zaid Jilani has posted a brief story about a statement made by U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders. Here is what Sanders reportedly said while he was a guest on a radio program:

I think one of the reasons the president has made the move so far to the right is that there is no primary opposition to him and I think it would do this country a good deal of service if people started thinking about candidates out there to begin contrasting a progressive agenda as opposed to what Obama believes he’s doing. . . I think it would be a good idea if President Obama faced some primary opposition.

Obama moved to the right? Sure, and the Sun rises in the West.

Sanders mentions a progressive agenda, but he does not describe what that agenda is.

In one of his Washington Post columns, E.J. Dionne writes,”The bad news for progressives lies in those numbers about spending cuts and jobs.”

Who are these “progressives” of whom Dionne speaks?

What does the word “progress” mean anyway?

Several online dictionaries define “progress” as movement toward a destination or goal.

So, a progressive is someone who wants to make movement toward a goal, but what goal?

Conservatives have goals that they want make movement toward. So, are they progressives, too?

The label “progressive” is meaningless unless the goal of the so-called “progressive” is explicitly stated.

In short, progressives aren’t any more progressive than conservatives.

People who label themselves “progressives” are trying to hide their goal behind a label with a vague meaning.

If so-called “progressives” want to call themselves that, then they need to say exactly what their goal is.

What could their goal be?

Considering what so-called “progressives” say and do, one could conclude that their goal is to transform the USA into the United Socialist States of America.

If that is their goal, then the modern-day Progressive Movement is no better than a bowel movement.

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