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The contemporary common political conception of progressivism in the culture of the Western world emerged from the vast social changes brought about by industrialization in the Western world in the late 19th century, particularly out of the view that progress was being stifled by vast economic inequality between the rich and the poor, minimally regulated laissez-faire capitalism with out-of-control monopolistic corporations, intense and often violent conflict between workers and capitalists; and thus claimed that measures were needed to address these problems.
Progressivism - Wikipedia
In US politics, progressive is sometimes used as a more specific word for "liberal", used to show the specific area that they want to focus on. Progressive policies, in political science, are those which make progress towards goals seen as benefiting society. Since all politicians claim that their ideas and policies are meant to benefit the public, calling a policy "progressive" may be thought of as meaningless.
They often use the term to describe themselves and their policies in contrast to "regressive" policies of their opponents. For example, progressives will ask rhetorically, "Do you want to go back to the 1950s?" implying that women were oppressed by being forced to be housewives and men were oppressed by being falsely accused of favoring Communism (see McCarthyism).
The term progressive was recently revived by politicians who considered themselves to be liberal. This revival occurred shortly before the 2006 elections. It was implemented to help distance politicians, mainly Democrats, for the negative history associated with various members of the party at that time. It was also meant to create a belief that conservatives were not able to think of a progressive future for the United States. The most famous historical usage of the term was in the 1890s to 1920s, sometimes called the Progressive Era. During the Progressive Era, politicians of both parties and various ideologies adopted the term, notably Theodore Roosevelt, a Republican who founded the Progressive Party (also known as the Bull Moose Party) and Woodrow Wilson.
Quite simply, the Progressives detested the bedrock principles of American government. They detested the Declaration of Independence, which enshrines the protection of individual natural rights (like property) as the unchangeable purpose of government; and they detested the Constitution, which places permanent limits on the scope of government and is structured in a way that makes the extension of national power beyond its original purpose very difficult. “Progressivism” was, for them, all about progressing, or moving beyond, the principles of our founders.
originally posted by: Gryphon66
a reply to: beezzer
Heheh. Still not addressing the issue and now you're trying to focus on me.
I see Progressives aren't the only ones utilizing Alinksy, eh?
(No, bro, I ain't mad ... more amused than anything.)
originally posted by: Spider879
a reply to: Gryphon66
Thanks Gryphon66 for a quick sec I didn't know who I was supposed to be, based off my political beliefs ..lol
So, Beezzer, how is it that Conservatives, freedom-loving folk that you all are, feel free to push their own labels, definitions, and beliefs about others onto those others, regardless of what they themselves say?
I mean, people are free to believe what they want, right? No one should tell them what they believe, as the post I responded to did, right?
Back on March 20, 1854, a group of abolitionists met in a small schoolhouse in Ripon, Wisconsin, to fight back against the expansion of slavery.
A couple months later in July of 1854, the Ripon group joined with thousands of other anti-slavery activists in Jackson, Michigan, and together they formed what would be called the Republican Party.
The Republican Party was formed on strong anti-slavery sentiments, and, at least for its early history, did some good for our country and for the US people.
In fact, the early Republican Party was pretty progressive.
After all, it was the Republican Party that invented the income tax during the Civil War.
And by the end of the Civil War, the Republican Party had created a national banking system, established new taxation laws and provided funding for schools and homes across the United States.
Decades later, the party was still showing its progressive roots.
When he was president at the dawn of the 20th century, Republican Theodore Roosevelt railed against the wealthy elite, despising the, "small class of enormously wealthy and economically powerful men, whose chief object is to hold and increase their power."
originally posted by: Chronogoblin
Who's 'facts' exactly? Man's or God's? People IN GENERAL tend to gloss over what they don't take to heart.
Not to be totally off topic, but our family may make a trip to Canada this summer to take a first-hand look at your evil country.
originally posted by: CharlesT
originally posted by: Grimpachi
a reply to: CharlesT
Your long term memory needs a little refreshing. The deep south had been fanatically democratic until just the past 10 years or so when they realized that the national democratic party had abandoned and betrayed their constituents values and religious beliefs. You must realize that the deep south has historically been a deeply christian society.
You must be trying to prove the OP correct. And you have done a fine job of it.
With that you have
1. Ignore Facts
2. Make Up Your Own Facts
In case you can't read that the voting switched in 1964 not 10 years ago.
Seems my long term memory is just fine yours however.
Being a voting member of the Democratic party was a deeply held long lasting tradition in the south until just recently.
You speak from ignorance when you believe the deep south has always been republican. Maybe conservative but definitely not republican. That idea couldn't be any further from the truth.
There is step number.
4. Shout Down Your Opponents
If nothing else works, belligerence will. Many of the top right-wingers use this strategy.
So you have just proven step 1, 2, and 4 from the OP.
My bad. I reread your post and realized you did not mention any particular party but what I said here still holds true.
Yeah I know you were building a strawman from things I never said however you were not doing a very good job because you were making up facts as you went.
A couple people even gave you stars meaning they were as clueless as you.
Thank you for demonstrating the OP next time try to fit in number 3 while you are at it.
As I already stated previously.
Until the late 20th century the party had a powerful conservative and populist wing based in the rural South, which over time has greatly diminished.
The deep south had been fanatically democratic until just the past 10 years or so
Your long term memory needs a little refreshing.
originally posted by: M5xaz
a reply to: Gryphon66
#.1 and #.2 - I cited DIRECT BOLD FACE LIES from Obama, the very top
#.3 Hillary showed ZERO compassion for the dead - I did not "fabricate" anything
#.4 Occupy wall street - street violence, confrontations with Police, garbage, etc -
Tea party group remained civil
The left is so used to lying it does not even realize when they do, and then they accuse others of what they do.