If the word “Progressive” indicates a party that has imagination, new ideas and wants to try new things in the public policy arena, then the “progressives” in the Democrat party are not what you want to hear from because they are definitely not progressive in the sense that they want to move forward on new fronts of liberty and economic security for the nation. They are instead mired in their old desire to grow government and give stuff to people in order to buy their votes.
On the flip side of the political coin, conservative Republicans, (and to a great extent this does not include establishment Republicans who want to compete with Democrats in handing out goodies) want to try new things and find new methods that will reverse the current trend of concentrating power in Washington and further depriving citizens of the liberty promised by our constitution. For example, when the healthcare issue was raging and ended up giving all power to the federal government to decide what type of coverage you should have and how much it would cost, conservative Republicans wanted to allow the market place and individual citizen choice to help control medical insurance costs by allowing all one thousand-plus insurance companies in the nation to compete in all 50 states for their customers. This marketplace competition would have quickly reduced costs of insurance and increased the options that customers could choose from. Instead, from so-called “ progressives” we got plans that covered less and cost more, making Obama’s lies of keeping plans and doctors and reducing insurance costs, the lies we knew they were.
The only thing Democrats could think to do, and this is obvious from the Obamacare bill, is to take their usual path to government-controlled, single payer healthcare coverage by shoving Obamacare down our throats. I don’t consider destroying the world’s greatest healthcare system and placing it under the control of government bureaucrats to be “progress”, but the “progressives” on the left side of the aisle do. And when you consider the way Democrats colluded to get this monster bill passed, it was like something out of Nazi Germany (the legislation was so massive that no one was able to read it; it wasn’t debated; budget resolution was the path it took to become law so Democrats could keep the details from being exposed; Obama repeatedly said it would fix all of our problems, period; and finally, only Democrats voted for it). So there was no “progress” to be had with Democrats in charge, only more of the same old nationalization of everything (General Motors, Healthcare, opening of our borders to aliens) which are all standard operating procedures for un-progressive Democrats.
In the current presidential election process, across the board Democrats use their old lies and hates to get votes (examples of their lies: Republican War on Women; equal pay for women; the party of “NO”; never doubt a woman who says she was raped, unless it is Bill Clinton being accused of the rape, then Hillary dismisses her as being a bimbo who must be silenced by the Democrat party, which really does have a war on women).
Democrats continue the old, tried and true line of crap about Republicans hating gays and wanting black people to be held down, when the truth is that during the seven years of the Obama presidency blacks have been the most hurt with Obama’s economic non-recovery, and we see blacks now being unemployed and showing up on welfare rolls at far greater numbers than their representation of the population would indicate. And the only solution that Obama can come up with to increase employment is to issue massive numbers of EPA regulations and make increasing demands on employers to provide edicted benefits to employees, all of which only increase unemployment to greater levels. And this is not even taking into consideration the increased unemployment that Obama’s opening of our southern border has caused, with the rush of foreigners entering our country seeking work which is then deprived of American citizens.
The old “progressive” ideas have failed the nation as a whole, but have failed the poor and the young the most. The sooner we get rid of “Progressive” ideas, which are really regressive ideas, and get back to common sense principles and a government that is under control and spends within its means, the better off we’ll all be. The only party seeking real progress for the entire population are conservatives, who are currently represented by the Republican party.