Since the Founding, the American people have progressively amended the Constitution to ensure that Congress has all the tools it needs to address national problems and protect the constitutional rights of all Americans.
It's hard to avoid the impression that most progressives are more interested in complaining about the right wing, or how things are going in the country, than getting their hands dirty and slugging it out.
As 2010 turns to 2011, many progressives find themselves disappointed, defeated at the ballot box and with few options for the immediate future. Fortunately, things can change quickly in American politics.
Just as many good progressive people were losing hope that President Obama would ever find his footing, he seems to have launched a new approach, one that -- given the political landscape -- may serve the country and him well.
The volume of progressive moping lately has been staggering -- otherwise sane progressives vowing to not vote in 2012 or to somehow conjure up a viable primary challenger is a great way to elect Awful Republican President X.
If you want to make money in the stock market, buy low and sell high. If you want to get and hold elective office in two-party America, secure your base in the primary and win the middle in the general.
If anything can save Democrats now, it's populism -- the notion that standing with 80 percent of Americans is real power. That's why the White House and progressives should be cheering the decision striking down an individual mandate.
Progressives should be fearful about the economy. However we should not strive to be rid of fear, but rather to harness and master this fear. I am confident we can do this, with or without Barack Obama.
Behind any big historic political bargain there are usually big, bottom-line self interests. The case of the tax deal negotiated by the Democratic White House and Republican Leadership is no exception.
Let's be clear. The Republican Party has only one core value: massive economic benefits for the wealthiest Americans. And they'll sacrifice the welfare of everyone else who is gullible enough to vote for them in order to get it.
With right-wing Republicans soon to have a majority in the House of Representatives, the Progressive Caucus will become more important. Last week, the Progressive Caucus picked new leaders. I'd like you to get to know them, and for them to get to know you.