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Its Progressivism Stupid! Not Liberalism
(09-14-2017, 10:42 PM)Ron Lambert Wrote: While this is a little different from nomenclature, I believe the practice that seems to have become common in the last ten years or so is inappropriate where "red" states signify those states that vote for conservatives or Republicans, and where "blue" states represent left-tending Democrats. Red has historically signified communism. Everyone who grew up during the Cold War remembers that the Soviets were known as the "Reds." Blue signifies law and order (even in the Bible; see Numbers 15:38, 39), justice, and the police. Even in electronics, when I used to build kits (stereos from "Knight-Kits)," the left wire always was red. Red means left, and always has! Red should signify Socialists and Democrats!

That Red/Blue change has always made me feel uncomfortable. I don't know how this reversal came about: Probably some Collectivist trying to confuse everyone. Spiteful
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Ron is dead on with the red/blue appropriation by the Dems. It seems like an outgrowth of IT-sophisticated Leftists buying all the good website names that would be expected to be used by the Right, and then filling those websites with defamatory and disinformational info.

I think "Progressive" is the same deal. "Liberalism" is the same deal - it doesn't matter what it means, it is only about who appropriates it. The best name for the Democrats and Leftists, in general, would be "Self-Aggrandizers." They are summed up best as arrogance or conceit. There also needs to be a slogan attached to them: "the end justifies the means." Their M.O. is: "The Big Lie works best on Useful Idiots."
This is exactly why using the word "Liberal" to mean "Progressive, as Limbaugh, Hannity, and others continue do,  is a total disservice to honesty.  They should all be ashamed of themselves, and is one of the reasons why I have less respect for them.  And as a true Liberal, I am outraged that these folks are intellectually lazy and dishonest.  Again, they should be totally ashamed of themselves.   Gah

As usual Pat Condell is "Spot On!", because words actually mean specific things. Right Bill?

The Curse Of Cultural Marxism

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Yet one more example of what Progressivism really is all about.

'We Have to Regulate Every Aspect of People's Lives'

Quote:A Santa Barbara city councilman inadvertently let slip the primary purpose of progressivism in 21st century America.

The city recently criminalized the use of plastic straws. Speaking to that issue, Councilman Jesse Dominguez said, “Unfortunately, common sense is just not common. We have to regulate every aspect of people’s lives.”

Got that? "We" are smarter than you and know what's best for you better than you do.
In our republic, it is the individual who should be free to exercise control over his daily life as long as that control or exercise thereof does no harm to anyone else. That is the essence of individual liberty and has made America an exceptional nation among nations.

But for the entirety of our history, the individual has been at war with the state over the question of liberty vs. control. In a rational society, there are sacrifices individuals make for the good of the community. Liberty, after all, must have limits or anarchy reigns. So for 230 years, we have battled each other over differing concepts of individual liberty and the limits of state power.

Lately, individual liberty has been getting squeezed by a cadre of statists who believe they have been born with the right to tell everyone else what to do and how to live their lives. To enforce this belief, they have hijacked the enormous power of the state, nibbling away at individual rights in the name of "community."

They couch their tyranny in soothing words, but the result is catastrophic for liberty. In truth, many Americans have abandoned ideas like personal responsibility and freedom of choice. It's so much easier to be told what to do -- to be ordered around like children.

So, in a very real sense, Councilman Dominguez may have "let the mask slip" to reveal his true intent, but will probably be re-elected anyway. Thus, we can answer Ben Franklin's famous warning about our republican form of government.

Sorry, Ben. We couldn't keep it.

And this is the main part of the Problem.

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