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Progressive Movement

Digging In for the Long Hard Slog

Mike Lux | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Lux

Ultimately, I don't really care very much about whether Obama is a good guy or not, whether deep down he has a progressive heart. What I care about is what he does.

Simple Facts

Mike Lux | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Lux

The divide between progressives on whether to support the health care bill is one of the most striking things I have seen in all my years in politics.

One Year After Obama's Victory: We Are in the Opening Months of a New Progressive Era

Robert Creamer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Creamer

As I watched Obama's victory speech a year ago, I thought that America was on the brink of a new progressive era. I believe that just as strongly one year later, as well as in the slogan, "Yes We Can."

The American Left Does Not Exist - Or at Least Not in the Way It Seems

David Sirota | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Sirota

The two standards -- freak out on Republicans when they do something awful, say nothing about Democrats when they do the same thing -- is the canary in the coal mine.

Sending the Dawn to Its Post

Mike Lux | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Lux

It has been one of the strangest years ever politically. Progressives keep battling, and we and our values endure. Progress is always possible, but it always, always comes with struggle.

Obama, Progressives and Afghanistan

Robert Creamer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Creamer

Progressives must not lose sight of the fact that, although we may disagree with President Obama's decision on Afghanistan, he shares a progressive vision of American foreign policy.

We All Sink or Swim Together

Mike Lux | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Lux

Conservatives understand that a headline the day after the Maine initiative about them succeeding at rolling back the gay marriage bill helps them build momentum, and helps deflate and discourage progressives.

Matt Osborne | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Matt Osborne

I'm happy for union workers who've earned "better" plans through collective bargaining. But I'm somewhat unsympathetic on the subject when most of us working stiffs can't afford any plan at all.

Matt Osborne | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Matt Osborne

Popular action is the very definition of democracy. It doesn't happen without us, and it isn't a human right upheld by some magic fairness-fairy. If the public option's not in the bill, it's because we haven't shown up to demand it.

In the Midst of All This

Mike Lux | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Lux

Since we're progressives, we know how to multi-task. So let's keep our eye on the ball for health care, and remember to take a second to pitch in for the LGBT movement.

Combating the Disease of Progressive Cynicism

Robert Creamer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Creamer

One thing I know for sure. If progressives constantly pronounce the public option dead -- it will be. The cynics will create a self-fulfilling prophecy.

Don't Kill the Health Reform Bill - Improve It

Roger Hickey | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Roger Hickey

If Obama and the Democratic party play their cards right, they will present this legislation not as the only legislation we will need, but rather as the first step in a series of reforms that will eventually achieve what the American people want.

Hope, Change and The Long Road: One Year Later

Bob Cesca | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Cesca

It's been exactly one year since Barack Obama was elected, and it's becoming increasingly clear that the president hasn't fixed the whole world yet. Then again, he never promised such a thing.

A New Social Movement

Jay Mandle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jay Mandle

Progressives have typically avoided addressing the way the electoral system is financed. They have concentrated on the outcome of politics, but not on the political process.

Obama Cannot Afford to Lose Progressives

Sahil Kapur | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sahil Kapur

If I were Obama, my New Year's Resolution would be to regain and preserve the trust of the progressive base, not just for his sake but for the country's.

Ten Reasons

Mike Lux | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Lux

I love the four other candidates in the Air America contest. They are all great bloggers and a couple of them I am delighted to call friends. This is an election, though, so here are some reasons you should consider voting for me.

Triggering a Democratic Civil War

Mike Lux | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Lux

By winning Olympia Snowe over on health care, the White House is risking something far more politically dangerous: an ugly fight within the Democratic Party and further erosion of Obama's standing with his base.

The Rare Political Party That Is a Movement

David Sirota | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
David Sirota

Despite flying under the radar, the Working Families Party is perhaps today's most encouraging model for achieving progressive results over the long haul.

Where Is That Online-Powered "Movement" Now?

Chris Hughes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Chris Hughes

What went hand in hand with the technology that helped elect Barack Obama was a resolute and unyielding focus on good-old-fashioned political organizing. What's missing now is the organizing leadership.

Hope in Real Life

Rhoades Alderson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rhoades Alderson

The president's most recent August swoon reminds us that this moment is the first real test of Obama's "hope" in the nitty-gritty of getting big things done in Washington.

A Party Is Not a Movement

David Sirota | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Sirota

Though the 2006 and 2008 elections were billed as progressive movement successes, the story behind them highlights a longer-term failure.

The Myths of the Battle of Health Care Reform

Mike Lux | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Lux

The traditional media has talked itself into believing certain things about the fight over health care reform, whether there is any serious evidence beyond their own self-reinforcing stories or not.

Hope 2.0: Standing With Obama Over the Long Haul

Mark Klempner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Klempner

It's not that I object to critical thinking. We need it. Yet, while we're reminding Obama of his promises and scrutinizing him on his decisions, we need to stand with him.

The Constant Challenge of Creating an Effective Left Flank

Mike Lux | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Lux

Progressives and the White House need each other to get anything big and important done. It's how big change happens in this country.

Obama, Progressives, and the Question of a Successful Presidency

Mike Lux | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Lux

The key to Obama's success at this fundamentally critical juncture is whether the President can get his base excited about him again so that they are actively engaged in fighting by his side on the tough battles ahead.