I have been a radical for many years and many of my radical ideas are now what the country calls “progressive” ideas…..personally, I get pissed if one calls me a “liberal” for I am so much more than a limp dick liberal…..and calling me a progressive also gets my dander up for basically the same reason.
Being a Democrat means that you are willing to give away all your big ideas in the name of bi-partisanship and water down any progress i the name of their re-election campaign…….
Great ideas that have been pissed away…..
+ the public financing of elections
+ proportional representation in elected legislative assemblies
+ abolition of the archaic Electoral College in US presidential elections
+ breaking up giant corporations and placing corporations under popular control
+ making corporate directors personally liable for company crimes
+ limiting and transforming corporate charters in accord with social and environmental needs and priorities
+ the replacement of toxic corporate agribusiness with sustainable and organic agriculture measures to ensure conservation and ecological restoration
+ the replacement of fossil fuels with alternative renewable energy
+ the introduction single payer national health insurance for all – the de-commodification of health care
+ the development of rapid mass-transit
+ statehood for Washington DC
+ steep progressive income, wealth and business taxes
+ giant jobs programs to meet social and environmental needs
+ the re-legalization of union organizing
+ massive slashing of the giant Pentagon budget and conversion to a peacetime economy in which resources formerly dedicated to the military are directed to meeting social needs
+ repealing so-called free trade agreements
+ the progressive funding and reform of Social Security
+ a financial transactions tax and a carbon tax to help pay for renewable energy programs and other worthy social and environmental investments.
Just a short list of great ideas that were pissed away to please everybody……and more “centrist” ideas were bought in by big business……
So these “progressive” Dems that the news goes on and on about are NO such thing…..they will call themselves as pragmatist but that is a lie also…..the Dems since Bubba Clinton have allowed more conserv ideas to creep into the party….they beat their chest about “big ideas” and let them die a cowardly death on the floor of Congress.
Do not buy the Progressive label without researching their ideas…..and keep in mind that talk is cheap…their actions in the past speak volumes of the cowardice.
Plus these “Progressive” Dems want to silence a member for having an opinion that they do not agree with…..as I said before…..Progressive my ass!