About this project

Updated 6/19/13

Thank you for visiting the Progressive Values website. My intent is to present an overview of the crisis and opportunity in American democracy by posting selected articles that provide pieces of the puzzle. I think of this as participating in a national conversation by highlighting information and perspectives of others and adding my own.

Ten years ago when the Bush administration lied to the American people to justify preemptive war with Iraq, I became determined to discover how this horrible action could have happened. I began gathering facts and opinion and posting highlights on my website.

One thing kept leading to another and the trickle of relevant information grew into a flood. I found many of the most important factors hidden beneath the surface. Searching for the roots led to the discovery of a pattern of right wing extremism and liberal ineptitude that goes back to before 1970. So I just kept digging, sorting, posting, excerpting, prioritizing and reprioritizing as new information became available.

It is fascinating! Now change is coming so fast for many reasons. One is constant communication through new media and 24/7 news. Another is the new Supreme Court that has led to massive infusions of money with little or no accountability. Those associated with the Republican Party are raising and spending far more than Democrats. This money is being used not just to back candidates at election time but more immediately and importantly to influence public opinion.

Another major purpose for promoting turmoil and divisiveness is to obfuscate issues so citizens can’t see the forest (big picture) for the trees (scandal du jour). Our elected representatives can’t work on big issues that affect the common good thereby preserving the status quo is that favors the wealthy elite. Conservative extremists are obstructing the government from serving its purpose which is to represent all the people.

To organize this data I created a framework so every component would have a place within the big picture. It’s organized generally by topics grouped into categories. Since everything ultimately is connected to everything else, sorting criteria is necessarily subjective.

It’s essential that we, the people, become better informed and directly involved in the political process and formation of government policy. I want the body of knowledge I’ve assembled to be available to everyone to support a vigorous public dialogue so am posting highlights to my website – www.ProgressiveValues.org — in the spirit of open-sourcing.

The material generated by others is their property. The framework, concept, compilations etc. are my intellectual property. I’m enabling the website to accept contributions from those who appreciate this body of knowledge and ideas. I’ve been doing this on my own for these past ten years and will appreciate financial support.

If any organization wants to more fully utilize this project or have a more involved working relationship, I can be contacted at Phyllis@progressivevalues.org and we can explore possibilities.

One idea for a collaborative project: an established, respected non-profit progressive organization with resources will use this project as the basis for a public education project using peer review and proven teaching processes. One target group seriously in need of education about the contrast between Republican and Democratic perspectives is the main stream media.

The important thing is to broaden and deepen the dialogue and keep it flowing. Your active participation in democracy is critically important. It’s only through honest, sincere sharing of opinions and beliefs that we’ll come to a genuine national consensus so we can move forward.

With audacious faith, Phyllis Stenerson

“We must move forward in the days ahead with audacious faith. The moral arc of the universe is long but it bends toward justice.” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

“Democracy doesn’t work without citizen activism and participation, starting at the community…What’s right and good doesn’t come naturally. You have to stand up and fight for it – as if the cause depends on you, because it does.” Bill Moyers

“What the American people want is very simple. They want a country as good as its promise.” Barbara Jordan


Imagine America 2014 — an overview

 

 

— focusing on the way we think and feel — worldview — religion/spirituality and reason

Quotations

In The Demon-Haunted World, Carl Sagan wrote:
Science is more than a body of knowledge; it is a way of thinking. I have a foreboding of an America in my children’s or grandchildren’s time — when the United States is a service and information economy; when nearly all the key manufacturing industries have slipped away to other countries; when awesome technological powers are in the hands of a very few, and no one representing the public interest can even grasp the issues; when the people have lost the ability to set their own agendas or knowledgeably question those in authority; when, clutching our crystals and nervously consulting our horoscopes, our critical faculties in decline, unable to distinguish between what feels good and what’s true, we slide, almost without noticing, back into superstition and darkness.  http://thesciencenetwork.org/programs/beyond-belief-candles-in-the-dark

The demands of future leadership and responsible participation in a pluralistic global society require new understandings, new perceptions, new skills, new behaviors, and critical to all the rest, new ways of thinking. Dr. Berenice Bleedorn

Problems cannot be solved at the same level of awareness that created them. Albert Einstein

The genius of the future will be the creative mind adapting itself to the shape of things to come. The skills of creative thinking must be recognized as mankind’s most important adaptability skills. Such skills must become basic to the curriculum of schools, homes, business and other agencies. E. Paul Torrance

There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there has always been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that ‘my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.’ Isaac Asimov

To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead. Thomas Paine

True, people of faith have always tried to bring their interpretation of the Bible to bear on American laws and morals … it’s the American way, encouraged and protected by the First Amendment. But what is unique today is that the radical religious right has succeeded in taking over one of America’s great political parties. The country is not yet a theocracy but the Republican Party is, and they are driving American politics, using God as a battering ram on almost every issue: crime and punishment, foreign policy, health care, taxation, energy, regulation, social services and so on. Bill Moyers

Truth and love must prevail over lies and hatred. Vaclav Havel

We are not afraid to follow truth wherever it may lead, nor to tolerate any error so long as reason is left to combat it. Thomas Jefferson

We have the right to our own opinions, but not our own facts. Daniel Patrick Moynihan

When you place a high value on truth, you have to think for yourself. Dr. Cornel West

selected from an extensive collection of quotations relevant to democracy

updated 1/28/13

Progressive values expressed in various ways

American Values ProjectProgressive Thinking: A Synthesis of Progressive Values, Beliefs, and Positions

“…For pro­gres­sives, a cru­cial guid­ing prin­ci­ple in regard to pub­lic pol­icy is to secure the com­mon good while pro­tect­ing indi­vid­ual lib­erty to the fullest extent pos­si­ble. The pro­gres­sive under­stand­ing of the “com­mon good” is based on the con­vic­tion that not only is each indi­vid­ual endowed with human dig­nity, pur­pose, and worth, but also that human soci­ety as a whole should reflect these char­ac­ter­is­tics. There­fore, human beings together should strive to real­ize social rela­tions based on these uni­ver­sal val­ues…” excerpt from The Pro­gres­sive Con­science in Action by Rev. Dr. Susan Brooks Thistleth­waite, Cen­ter for Amer­i­can Progress, April 6, 2009

Progressive Vision and Principles from From Don’t Think of an Elephant by George Lakoff

The basic progressive vision is of community. • Caring and responsibility, carried out with strength • Protection, fulfillment in life, fairness • Freedom, opportunity, prosperity • Community, service, cooperation • Trust, honesty, open communications

Progressive Principles • Equity • Equality • Democracy • Government for a better future • Ethical business • Values-based foreign policy

The Charter for Compassion -  The best idea humanity has ever had — The Charter for Compassion is a document that transcends religious, ideological, and national differences. Supported by leading thinkers from many traditions, the Charter activates the Golden Rule around the world. The principle of compassion lies at the heart of all religious, ethical and spiritual traditions, calling us always to treat all others as we wish to be treated ourselves. Compassion impels us to work tirelessly to alleviate the suffering of our fellow creatures, to dethrone ourselves from the centre of our world and put another there, and to honour the inviolable sanctity of every single human being, treating everybody, without exception, with absolute justice, equity and respect.

Statement of Principles — Unitarian Universalist

We, the member congregations of the Unitarian Universalist Association, covenant to affirm and promote
· The inherent worth and dignity of every person;
· Justice, equity and compassion in human relations;
· Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations;
· A free and responsible search for truth and meaning;
· The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large;
· The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all;
· Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.

The living tradition which we share draws from many sources:
· Direct experience of that transcending mystery and wonder, affirmed in all cultures, which moves us to a renewal of the spirit and an openness to the forces which create and uphold life;
· Words and deeds of prophetic women and men which challenge us to confront powers and structures of evil with justice, compassion, and the transforming power of love;
· Wisdom from the world’s religions which inspires us in our ethical and spiritual life;
· Jewish and Christian teachings which call us to respond to God’s love by loving our neighbors as ourselves;
· Humanist teachings which counsel us to heed the guidance of reason and the results of science, and warn us against idolatries of the mind and spirit.
· Spiritual teachings of earth-centered traditions which celebrate the sacred circle of life and instruct us to live in harmony with the rhythms of nature.

Prophetic Justice Principles for America by The Rev. Dr. James A. Forbes, Jr. — The Riverside Church in the City of New York - We the members of faith communities in the United States, inspired by the Hebrew prophets, lift up the following questions to test public policy against the principles of righteousness and justice in our society. We ask the citizens and leaders of America to bear the following issues in mind as they seek to restore the spiritual, moral, and democratic values upon which our nation was built.

1. Does the policy represent the common good of society rather than the  interest of an elite few?

2. Is the policy based on a true analysis and does it disclose its true intention? How likely is the outcome to achieve its proposed purpose?

3. Does the policy hold the prospect of reducing the polarization and fragmentation of the society due to race, religion, class, gender, sexual orientation or national origin?

4. Does the policy have the capacity to be good news for the poor? Does it reverse the trend toward widening the gap between rich and poor?

5. Is the policy good for children, the elderly, and the disadvantaged? Does it show sensitivity to the spirit of the golden rule?

6. Does the policy refrain from the arrogant assumption that the powerful have the right to ignore the interests and subsistence needs of the less advantaged segment of the society?

7. Does the policy provide for free press, free discussion, and the expansion of dissent along with fair and just methods of participation in the democratic process?

8. Does the policy encourage respect for persons and nations other than our own? Does it respect the right of self-determination of other nation-states?

9. Is the policy based on commitment to a global vision of cooperation and mutuality of respect rather than relying on unilateral military actions for empire-building and domination strategies? Does it use diplomacy as a valued instrument of statecraft in resolving international conflicts?

10. Is the policy supportive of strong measures to insure ecological responsibility and sustainability?

The Cry for Democratic Moral Leadership and Effective Communication by George Lakoff, Truthout.org, September 2,  2010 - Excerpt …Morality is behind everything in politics — and progressives and conservatives have different moral systems.

In the conservative moral system, the highest value is preserving and extending the moral system itself.…Their moral system requires non-cooperation. That is a major thing the Obama administration has not understood…The attacks on government are seen as moral attacks, with government seen as taking money out of working people’s pockets and giving it to people who don’t deserve it…There is no one center. Instead, a considerable number of Americans (perhaps as many as 15 to 20 percent) are conservative in some respects and progressive in other respects.…

it is language — moral language, not policy language, heard over and over — that strengthens one political moral system over the other and determines how people vote. The Democrats need to reach the swing thinkers — the people who are moral conservatives on some issues and moral progressives on others — and strengthen their progressive moral views. The kitchen table arguments must become moral arguments as well — arguments about freedom, life, fairness and the most central of American values…

America is, and has always been, fundamentally about Americans caring about each other and acting responsibly on that care. Empathy, which he proclaimed over and over was the most important thing his mother taught him and is the basis of our form of government. Responsibility is both personal and social…

Offense not defense. Argue for your values. Frame all issues in terms of your values. Avoid their language, even in arguing against them…Don’t move to the right in your discourse or action. That will just strengthen the conservative moral system in the brains of swing thinkers. Frame your arguments from your moral position…

Democrats need a truly effective communication system. They need unified morally-based framing of issues. They need to train spokespeople all over the country in using such framing and avoiding mistakes. They need to organize those spokespeople. And they need to book them, as conservatives do, on radio, TV, in civic and religious groups, in schools and universities. This is doable, but this late, it will take resolve from the top.

Winning this election will require the right policies and actions, but it will also require moral leadership with honest, morally-based messaging and a communications that will not just blog and knock on doors, but will be there in the districts with the crucial swing thinkers 24/7 day and night.The Democrats cannot take their base for granted. Only moral leadership backed by actions and communicated effectively can excite the Obama base once more. Without that excitement, the Democrats will lose big.

Obama Returns to His Moral Vision: Democrats Read Carefully! by George Lakoff,
April 17, 2011 — Excerpt - The policy topic happened to be the budget, but he called it “The Country We Believe In” for a reason. The real topic was how the progressive moral system defines the democratic ideals America was founded on, and how those ideals apply to specific issues. Obama’s moral vision, which he applied to the budget, is more general: it applies to every issue.
All politics is moral. Political leaders put forth proposals on the assumption that their proposals are the right things to do, not the wrong things to do. But progressives and radical conservatives have very different ideas of right and wrong.
The basic idea is this: Democracy is based on empathy, that is, on citizens caring about each other and acting on that care, taking responsibility not just for themselves but for their families, communities, and their nation. The role of government is to carry out this principle in two ways: protection and empowerment…

updated 1/28/13

Information/opinion — previous

Big Ideas

Core Concepts

Complexity

Concept overview

Quick study — titles that tell the story  

Worldview

Compassion and empathy

We’re All In This Together

Common Good

Moral authority

Worldview — Progressive

Worldview — Conservative

Worldview — contrast progressive and conservative

Values, spirituality and religion

Christianity Today

Religion Trends

Fear, hate, violence, anger, shame

Reason

Critical thinking or ignorance

The Brain

Anti-intellectualism

Anti-intellectualism — Conservative

Truth and Lies

Wisdom

Critical and higher-level thinking

World/Planet Earth

Environmental Crisis

Sustainability

War or Peace?

Iraq war

Human Family

Civilization

Generational justice

Human Nature

Human Rights

United States of America

America at the tipping point

America’s decline

American Dream or Nightmare?

Culture

Culture Wars

Culture war — Sex

Culture war — race

Divide and conquer

Economic justice

Capitalism

Corporate power

Corporate Social Responsibility

Corporations

Biblical economics

Class wars

Class wars — middle class

Economic Justice — income, jobs, labor

Myth of Opportunity

Economic Justice — inequality

Poverty

Economy — visionary thinking

Education

Humanities

Education — right wing conservative

Communications/Media

Communications — conservative

Failure of the main stream media

Social media

History and change

Change

History — race

Revisionist history

Democracy

Constitution

Social Contract

Threats to democracy

Treason and/or sedition

Voter suppression

Citizen responsibility, education, participation

Government

Anti-government

Government — economic policy

Government and Corporations

Gun Control

Military-industrial complex

What is government for?

Who is government for?

Politics

Power

People power or money power?

Money in politics

Democrats

Conservatives and Republicans

Republican extremism

Neoconservatives

Bush administration

Regressive Republicans

Republican myths

Republican obstruction of democracy

Revisionist history

Right wing religious extremism

Republicans are “not fit to govern”

Right wing message machine

Right wing operatives

Right wing’s unholy alliance

Tea Party

Progressive Narrative

America’s story

Progressive Movement

Progressive initiatives

Occupy Movement

Community building

Moral Politics

America is not a Christian nation

America’s Soul

Separation of church and state

Religion Wars

Spiritual Progressives

Universal values

Transformation

Transformative Ideas

Transformative thinking

Glossary of words and phrases

(work in progress 6/28/12)

  • civilization — the process of cultures becoming less primitive or barbarian and more peaceful; enhanced use of technology, writing, governance and moral codes
  • compassion or empathy — the Golden Rule on which all the world religions are based — do unto others as you would have them do unto you
  • conscience — inner awareness of the difference between right and wrong in one’s own actions; duty, inner voice, principles/morals/ethic — moral compass
  • critical, higher level thinking systems thinking —  going past either/or thinking into both/and, paradox, using future problem solving tools
  • democracy — government of the people, by the people and for the people with liberty and justice for all
  • dialogue — exchange of viewpoints
  • duty — moral obligation; accountability, conscience, good faith, honesty, integrity,
  • enlightenment – openness to new ideas and information, heightened awareness, evolving knowledge and understanding, keen sense of interconnectedness of all elements of world, creative future problem solving
  • equitable — dealing fairly and equally with all concerned
  • equity — justice according to natural law or right; freedom from bias or favoritism
  • ethics -: the discipline dealing with what is good and bad and with moral duty and obligation
  • fascism — government control by alliance of money, religion and military
  • hope — to desire with anticipation of fulfillment;  the opposite of nihilism
  • humanity — the quality or state of being human, human attributes or qualities; mankind, humankind, man, mortality
  • interconnectedness – all parts or elements are connected or related to one another —  we’re one human family living together on planet earth
  • justice — the quality of being just, impartial, or fair; equitable distribution of goods and evils, including reward and punishment.
  • morals — a set of principles based on cultural, religious and philosophical concepts and beliefs by which an individual determines whether his or her actions are right or wrong; these concepts and beliefs are often generalized and codified by a culture or group, and thus serve to regulate the behavior of its members
  • nihilism — purposelessness and angst; nothingness or nonexistence
  • oligarchy or plutocracy — control by rich people over other people
  • opinion — acceptance of a proposition despite a lack of the conclusive evidence that would result in certain knowledge of its truth.
  • philosophy — literally, love of wisdom; careful thought about the fundamental nature of the world, the grounds for human knowledge and the evaluation of human conduct.
  • pluralism — belief that reality ultimately includes many different kinds of things; in ethics, the supposition that there are many independent sources of value; in political life, acceptance of a multiplicity of groups with competing interests; in religion, acceptance that no single belief system is exclusively right, respect for multiple belief systems and/or ways of defining a higher power
  • principle — a comprehensive and fundamental law, doctrine, or assumption; a rule or code of conduct
  • progressive — politics and public policy based on the basic values of community, justice, access to opportunity and shared responsibility, based on the premise that human progress is inherent in America’s founding principles.
  • radical — basic principles: foundation
  • rights — justified expectations about the benefits people or society ought to provide; entitlement to individual benefits with respect for those of others.
  • rule of law — the principle that laws, rather than the arbitrary judgment of rulers, should govern the affairs and disputes of a society.
  • society — a voluntary association of individuals for common ends; especially an organized group working together or periodically meeting because of common interests, beliefs, or profession; community, nation, or broad grouping of people having common traditions, institutions, and collective activities and interests;
  • Socratic method — seeking truth through questioning
  • soul -  the animating principle present in living things; spirit
  • spirituality – concern with matters of the spirit — the intangible inner being or soul, connectedness with the universe;  as contrasted with religion – spiritual is a universal individual human impulse; religion is a structured or institutionalized set of beliefs and/or congregation of people based on shared values and creed that may be considered absolute, often with a hierarchical authority structure
  • theocracy — government or society controlled by a specific church or religion
  • truth — a judgment, proposition or idea that is accepted as true; the conformity of a proposition to the way things are; veracity, rightness, authenticity, genuineness; the body of true statements and propositions
  • universal — relating to, extending to, or affecting the entire world or all within the world; relating to or affecting all members of the class or group under consideration; applicable or common to all purposes, conditions, or  situations
  • values – something intrinsically valuable; relative worth or importance
  • virtue — admirable human characteristics that distinguish good people from bad; individual virtues are morally worthwhile only when they encourage the performance of duty or contribute to the general welfare.
  • vision — a manifestation to the senses of something intangible; the act or power of imagination; unusual discernment or foresight
  • wisdom — good judgment with respect to abstract truth or theoretical matters; ability to discern inner qualities and relationships, insight; accumulated philosophic or scientific learning; knowledge; generally accepted belief
  • worldview — the way we see the world and our place in it; our philosophy of life

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Bush Administration 2000 – 2008

Bush and Cheney are war criminals, says former Bush counterterrorism official by David Phillips, Las Vegas Democrat Examiner, May 29, 2014

How America’s Demented Politics Let the GOP Off the Hook for Their Giant Mess by Bill Moyers and Thomas Frank Bill Moyers Journal, published on AlterNet.org, January 19, 2010

The First Iraq War Was Also Sold to the Public Based on a Pack of Lies by Joshua Holland,  billmoyers.com, June 27, 2014

The Delusional Is No Longer Marginal by Bill Moyers published as “There Is No Tomorrow” By Bill Moyers in the January 30, 2005 StarTribune, Minneapolis –     One of the biggest changes in politics in my lifetime is that the delusional is no longer marginal. It has come in from the fringe, to sit in the seat of power… For the first time in our history, ideology and theology hold a monopoly of power in Washington. Theology asserts propositions that cannot be proven true; ideologues hold stoutly to a worldview despite being contradicted by what is generally accepted as reality.……What has happened to our moral imagination?  The news is not good these days. I can tell you that as a journalist I know the news is never the end of the story. The news can be the truth that sets us free — free to fight for the future we want. And the will to fight is the antidote to despair, the cure for cynicism… the capacity to see, to feel and then to act as if the future depended on you. Believe me, it does.

Definition of key words and concepts

work in progress as of 12/2/14

Wisdom: The Forgotten Dimension? by Mary Jaksch,  January 12, 2013…Wisdom means having the moral will to do right by other people, and to have the moral skill to figure out what doing right means. This is not a new idea; it is something that Aristotle taught that in ancient Greece.…A wise person takes the overviewCompassionate action – the outflow of wisdom – happens when we stop being the center of our concern . Then we can open up to a wider view of reality that includes the suffering of others, as well as our own – and  respond with compassion.

What is civilization by Will Durant — Civilization is social order promoting cultural creation… It begins where chaos and insecurity end…Man differs from the beast only by education, which may be defined as the technique of transmitting civilization…

Soul - a person’s deeply felt moral and emotional nature; the ability of a person to feel kindness and sympathy for others, to appreciate beauty and art, etc.; the spiritual principle embodied in human beings, all rational and spiritual beings, or the universe; the moral and emotional nature of human beings merriam-webster.com

Religion may be defined broadly as the human quest for, experience of, and response to the holy or sacred. This universal human activity expresses itself in at least three ways: in thought (the intellectual expression), in action (the practical expression), and in fellowship (the communal expression). www.onu.edu

DemocracyDemocracy: government by the people; the common people of a community, as distinguished from any privileged class…   A Profound and Jarring Disconnect by Dave Lindorff, Common Dreams, 

Worldview…A person’s way of thinking and being is influenced by their worldview – the unique combination of attitudes, perceptions, and assumptions that inform how they personally understand and make sense of their place in the worldToward a “Common Spirituality”: Scaffolding for Evolving Consciousness by Richard Harmer, Noetic.org

Worldview — contrasting…your moral beliefs make all the difference. Fifty years ago…there was so much diversity within each party…that stereotyping was harder, and cross-party alliances were much easier. But since the 1980s, the two parties have become ever more perfectly sorted….Unfortunately, as the parties developed more divergent values and lifestyles, they also developed divergent facts. Republicans and Democrats believe different things—about history, the Constitution, science, and above all economics….Your Personality Makes Your Politics By Jonathan Haidt, January 9, 2014

Net neutrality requires that the Internet be maintained as an open platform, on which network providers treat all content, applications and services equally, without discrimination” available in 11 languages  http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/11/26/coalition-launches-lead-global-fight-open-internet-and-digital-democracy

Narrative – Progressives Have a Winning Economic Narrative — and Democrats Who Used It Won by Richard Kirsch, Senior Fellow, Roosevelt Institute, HuffingtonPost.com, 11/11/2014  The point of a narrative is to give people an explanation of what they are experiencing that includes what is wrong, who is responsible, and what we can do about it…Progressives have a powerful narrative and bold solutions to create an America and an economy that works for all of us, not just the wealthy. Candidates who run on this have won and will win. And an America that runs on these policies will do to what too many Americans no longer believe is possible: provide a better life for our children.

Neoliberalism – Henry Giroux on the Rise of Neoliberalism Interview By Michael Nevradakis, Truthout, October 19, 2014 …about an ideology marked by the selling off of public goods to private interests; the attack on social provisions; the rise of the corporate state organized around privatization, free trade, and deregulation; the celebration of self interests over social need; the celebration of profit-making as the essence of democracy coupled with the utterly reductionist notion that consumption is the only applicable form of citizenship. But even more than that, it upholds the notion that the market serves as a model for structuring all social relations: not just the economy, but the governing of all of social life.

Judeo-Christian – What Do We Mean By ‘Judeo-Christian’?  By Shalom Goldman, Religion Dispatches, January 21, 2011 Religious conservatives have, to varying degrees of controversy, been issuing online voting guides for “concerned Christians” for a while now, but this past election saw something new: a national “Judeo-Christian Voter Guide.” …although the use of “Judeo-Christian” seemed to signal a message of cooperation and ecumenicism, it was really a cover for an attack on the values of the Enlightenment, the very values that enabled Jews to enter Western societies…

Democrats, liberals, progressives

What Has President Obama Done? Here’s a List of 253 Accomplishments, with Citations It’s 2014, and once again, we have a very important election ahead of us. Yet, there are a lot of very loud progressives who have done nothing but complain since President Obama was inaugurated five and a half years ago. No, he’s not perfect. Adults don’t expect perfection. Bu when they claim that he’s no progressive, well, that’s just an outright lie….one reason Republicans took back the House was because Obama was a “disappointment,” and Democrats were “spineless.” Four years later, we progressives have a chance to reverse our incredible screw-up, and still; many progressives prefer to complain about the imperfection of Democrats than to work to get rid of the right wing GOP.

The Challenges of Liberalism By David Palumbo-Liu, Truthout | Op-Ed Sunday, February 15, 2015

Democratic Candidates Lost, But Progressive Issues Won By David Morris, Common Dreams, November 06, 2014  My own opinion is that ballot initiatives more accurately take the ideological pulse of the people because debates over issues must focus on issues, not personality, temperament or looks…I am buoyed by the empirical evidence: Americans even in deeply red regions are liberal on many key issues.

How Did Minnesota Stay Blue in the Midterms? By Embracing, Not Running From, Progressive Values BY Jacob Wheeler In these Times.com, November 7, 2014

How Can Democrats Take Back the States?

Progressives Seek Control Of The Democratic Party

The Challenges of Liberalism

Going Along with the Donkey as Long as the Elephants are Worse by Ralph Nader, Common Dreams, March 19, 2015

As Top Democrats Embrace a Robin Hood Tax, It’s Time for Activists to Go Big

How Can Democrats Take Back the States? By JOHN GUIDA, NYT, 1–8-15– Not since the Jazz Age have Democrats been in such a poor position in the states. Some worry that it might hurt the party nationally as well.

Progressives Seek Control Of The Democratic Party By Sahil Kapur, Talking Points memo, January 9, 2015

Progressives to Dems on Budget Deal: ‘We Will Remember This Betrayal’
by Jon Queally, staff writer, Common Dreams, December 12, 2014 – “People are fed up and they are watching for any sign of betrayal. No more backroom deals that help Wall Street, the giant corporations, the 1 percent, the polluters, the fraudsters, the vote-riggers, the haters, the tax-dodgers, the outsourcers, the union busters, the wage-thievers, the pension-cutters and the rest of those who are rigging the system against the rest of us.” Dave Johnson, Campaign for America’s Future

Route to power for Democrats: Big ideas, The Hill, November 06, 2014 By Adam Green and Stephanie Taylor …nothing substitutes for a clear, authentic, united Democratic message focused on big ideas. Moving forward, something needs to change for Democrats. We need a bigger politics. We won’t win our own tidal wave elections unless we can build a movement around big ideas…We need to make these issues so central to the national debate that candidates actively campaign on these ideas. And we need to start now…Focusing on big ideas is the path forward for progressives and Democrats…

Democratic Candidates Lost, But Progressive Issues Won By David Morris, Common Dreams, November 06, 2014  My own opinion is that ballot initiatives more accurately take the ideological pulse of the people because debates over issues must focus on issues, not personality, temperament or looks…I am buoyed by the empirical evidence: Americans even in deeply red regions are liberal on many key issues.

Corporate welfare’s quiet enablers: How democrats pander to big business by David Sirota, Salon.com, Jul 10, 2014

Economic Populism at Heart of Emerging Debate Among Democrats by Robert Borosage, Campaign for America’s Future, BillMoyers.com, July 10, 2014

How Did Minnesota Stay Blue in the Midterms? By Embracing, Not Running From, Progressive Values BY Jacob Wheeler In these Times.com, November 7, 2014

What Has President Obama Done? Here’s a List of 253 Accomplishments, with Citations It’s 2014, and once again, we have a very important election ahead of us. Yet, there are a lot of very loud progressives who have done nothing but complain since President Obama was inaugurated five and a half years ago. No, he’s not perfect. Adults don’t expect perfection. Bu when they claim that he’s no progressive, well, that’s just an outright lie….one reason Republicans took back the House was because Obama was a “disappointment,” and Democrats were “spineless.” Four years later, we progressives have a chance to reverse our incredible screw-up, and still; many progressives prefer to complain about the imperfection of Democrats than to work to get rid of the right wing GOP.