What Does it Mean to be a Progressive…Follow-up

About a months ago I posed the question to you, “What does it mean to be a Progressive?” Well, doing my daily run through of Burgh blogs I came across this great epiphany from Jeebas:

True progressives are people that are all about reform in the way we elect, govern, and legislate and who want to change the way things are run, not merely set the wheel spinning in the other direction. Progressives are not one-issue voters, anyone who would trump the importance of the whole gamut of domestic and foreign issues because of one issue needs to rethink their decision-making process and stop whining. Fine examples of current progressives include Bill Peduto, Chuck Pennacchio, and Russell Feingold. Check them out and what they have to say if you’re sick of this city/state/country being run by smoke-filled rooms and fat cats that are completely detached from the constituency.

Good points all around, and it reminded me that many people chymed in with great responses when I originally asked the question. I will now post merely a few, to see the rest go here:

This conversation could last a while…But I’ll try to keep it brief… Let’s look at politics as a series of battles and wars. There are many battles that lead up to the ultimate war. In the world of politics the “perfect candidate” for whatever reason is not always going to be out there…At times we have to realize that and think of the higher cause…In the case of Rick Santorum- there are many “enemies” on the other side but he is without question one of the most dangerous- with lofty expectations and goals. We have to stop him. I am personally a proud and loud Liberal (there I said it) and hard-core Progressive. I am also someone that wants to win the war.
Mitch Kates

A Progressive is one who wants social, economic, and political change that would progress the mind of humans, give more individual civil liberties to people and help those that have suffered the consequences of injustices with out denying the civil liberties of others or misusing the civil liberties of others.

To be a progressive means you care more about people and less about maximizing profit. Think Scrooge after his heart melts and becomes a decent person. In fact, Marley’s speech I believe encapsulates the essence of being a progressive:

“‘Mankind was my business. The common welfare was my business; charity, mercy, forbearance, and benevolence, were all my business. The dealings of my trade were but a drop of water in the comprehensive ocean of my business!'”

Any other takers?

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