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Progressive Values

The New Progressive Agenda: A Return to Citizenship

Toni Morrison | Posted 05.13.2015 | Politics
Toni Morrison

The difference between understanding oneself as a "citizen" and understanding oneself as a "taxpayer" is not merely wide; it is antagonistic. A citizen thinks primarily about his or her community. A taxpayer thinks mostly about himself or herself. The Progressive Agenda seeks to return us to the adult responsibility of being citizens to each other.

Why Traditions Matter

Katharine Rose | Posted 04.03.2015 | Religion
Katharine Rose

I think there is a real beauty to be found in tradition - a beauty that may not propel us forward in the sense of quantifiable "progress" or change, but that does propel us forward as human beings in life wisdom, understanding and even emotional intellect.

Progressives Are the Future of the Democratic Party

Sam Wohns | Posted 03.09.2015 | Politics
Sam Wohns

We can't tell the story of the 2014 election as simply a victory by Republicans over Democrats. In fact, I think we can understand a lot about the strengths and weaknesses of the Democratic Party by looking at which Democrats won and which lost.

Resurrecting Hope

Bob Burnett | Posted 12.17.2014 | Politics
Bob Burnett

Democracy is worth fighting for. Regardless of the president's popularity, progressives need to get involved in this election and fight for candidates that hold our values.

Progressives Losing Their Way, at Home and Abroad

Dana Beyer | Posted 11.05.2014 | Politics
Dana Beyer

It has been clear for the past century what being a progressive means, yet this past year there have been significant attempts to redefine the meaning, for the sake of money on the one hand and hatred on the other.

A Letter to the Wall Street Journal About What Progressives Want

Miles Mogulescu | Posted 09.10.2014 | Media
Miles Mogulescu

The editors of the Wall Street Journal are clueless about who progressives are and what they want.

On December 28th Unemployment Benefits End for 1.3 Million Families -- Merry Christmas from the GOP

Robert Creamer | Posted 02.22.2014 | Politics
Robert Creamer

Over the last decade the far right, that now dominates the GOP, has conducted a real war on the values that we celebrate at Christmas.

Third Way Attacks Elizabeth Warren and Bill de Blasio, and Should Disclose Bank Donations

Brent Budowsky | Posted 02.05.2014 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

Third Way has a legal right to keep their donations secret, and we have a legal right to give Third Way zero credibility until they disclose their donations.

Obamacare's Flaws Put Progressive Politics in Jeopardy

Miles Mogulescu | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
Miles Mogulescu

If the Obama administration can't quickly fix the rollout of the Affordable Care Act, not only is President Obama's second term in jeopardy. Progressivism itself is in jeopardy.

Three Reasons Why the Race Is So Close; Nine Reasons Why Obama Will Win

Robert Creamer | Posted 12.21.2012 | Politics
Robert Creamer

As Election Day grows closer, some pundits seem almost breathless in their prediction that the Presidential election will be close. Well, it has been obvious from the campaign's first day that it would be close. But there is overwhelming evidence that President Obama will win.

Liberals Celebrating Breitbart's Death Should Rise Above Such Nonsense

Brian Normoyle | Posted 05.02.2012 | Media
Brian Normoyle

Celebrating the death of a political adversary is inappropriate, unkind, and small -- and we, all of us of any political persuasion, should strive to rise above such nonsense to more fully realize and exhibit our common humanity.

As He Turns 75, Thoughts on the Legacy of Robert Redford

John Farr | Posted 05.31.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

I saw no mention of Robert Redford's birthday amongst all the pop dreck that seems to capture people's attention these days. I am going to attempt a tribute of sorts, as I can think of few people in the entertainment field more deserving.

It's the Values, Stupid!

Bob Burnett | Posted 08.31.2011 | Politics
Bob Burnett

Americans recognize that in a vital democracy each of us has a voice; that for all our voices to be heard -- rich and poor, Democrat and Republican, blue state and red state -- we must treat each other with respect. Democracy is at risk. To defend it, Americans must reclaim our core values.

The New Math and Old Ideology Playbook of the 112th Congress

Clarence B. Jones | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Clarence B. Jones

We may be at an historic crossroad requiring some pause and reflection as to whether or not adherence to our principles may be more important than knee jerk "loyalty" to the current Democratic or Republican parties.

During the Holidays We Celebrate Progressive Values

Robert Creamer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Creamer

Progressive values that have always defined human progress are about hope, not fear. We must nurture them, fight for them, and celebrate them now during the holidays, and in all the battles we face in the coming year.

Clyburn Will Stand by the Values, Policies That Make Us Democrats

Rep. Luis Gutierrez | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rep. Luis Gutierrez

I don't support Jim Clyburn for Democratic Whip because he's my friend and we've served together a long time. Or because he's African-American. His seniority and race are meaningless to me. I support him because he will not apologize for being a progressive.

Progressives in America: It's Time to Revive Our Party's Values

Kate Michelman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kate Michelman

Progressives are implored to accept the limitations of the political environment. Well enough, I say. We need to shift our focus toward building a grassroots movement that turns promises made to us into positive outcomes.

Five Things People "Know"

Dave Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dave Johnson

This post originally appeared at Campaign for America's Future (CAF) at their Blog for OurFuture. I am a Fellow with CAF. The things that people "kn...

Don't Call Us "The Future" If You Want to Win Now

Becca Doten | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Becca Doten

Young voters are not a constituency to be considered in the perpetual "future." Rather, young voters are one of the most potentially powerful demographics within the Democratic Party today.

Time for Spring Cleaning: Putting Out the Right Wing Policy Trash in the USA

Rob Kall | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rob Kall

The recent health care reform effort started out with a very low starting goal. That was a huge error. This list is more ambitious -- the way we should be thinking and striving for.

Progressive Message Won Big at Oscars

Rob Kall | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Rob Kall

There weren't any outright anti-right wing statements, but the two top Oscars-winning movies delivered anti-war messages that some right wing reviewers could actually discern.

Should Children Have A Right to Die?

Jacob M. Appel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jacob M. Appel

Pediatric aid-in-dying is coming out of the medical closet. In an era of parental rights and child welfare, maybe we are finally ready to grant suffering minors the right to die.

Do Our Goals Match Our Values in Haiti?

Erik Rothenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Erik Rothenberg

The scope and complexity of the disaster in Haiti is mind-boggling. But when faced with such severe challenges, we can either try to contain it or we can attack the heart of the problem.

The Real Lesson from Health Care Reform

William A. Smith | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
William A. Smith

The health care reform debate strikes me as different from past policy fights for what it says about what we as a people value...or don't.

Democrats Do Not Need to Become More "Moderate" to Win in 2010 - Four Rules for Victory in November

Robert Creamer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Creamer

Voters want the proverbial money changers thrown out of the temple of government. They don't want Democrats to be more milquetoast and "sensible." They want something done to right this extraordinary wrong.