Progressivism is a good thing.
A Pew Research poll finds that 68% of Americans react favorably to the word "progressive" and only 23% react negatively.
This is a more favorable reaction than was found toward the word "capitalism" (52% positive, 37% negative).
Even among Republicans a majority (56%) reacted positive to "progressive."
Now it could well be that respondents were thinking of Progressive spokesperson Flo when they answered the question.
Here is a surprising number that might help us to know what to expect in the future. The same percent of young people (ages 18-29) have a positive reaction to "socialism" (43%) as do "capitalism" (43%).
So what is it that progressives want to accomplish? The "progressive agenda" was put forth on Left in Alabama last month, and progressive bloggers got together to map out a course to accomplish some of these things.
On the national scene (these are not listed in order of priority because as progressives we believe that more than one problem can be tackled at a time):
1. Campaign finance and lobbying reform
2. Single payer health insurance, public option
3. Clean energy program, moving away from oil dependency
4. Immigration reform (secure borders, path to legitimacy for those here and who want to come here)
5. Infrastructure development program (public transportation, safety, national parks, historic reuse of historic buildings, energy reform and conservation)
6. Withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan and Iraq
7. LGBT Equality
For the state of Alabama (not in order of priority):
1. A new Constitution
2. Ethics reform
3. Tax reform
4. Set and achieve higher educational goals
5. Infrastructure development program (energy conservation and green building)
6. LGBT equality
7. Moratorium on the death penalty
For the city of Bessemer (not in order of priority):
1. Establish a working relationship between the administration and the business community/ development board
2. Prioritize downtown development/historic preservation
3. Revitalize historic and other neighborhoods
4. Support community gardens project
5. Establish recreational opportunities (rec center, trail from Hall of History to Red Mountain Park using railroad trestle), public outdoor swimming pool
6. Improve and promote recycling options
For both state and local: Quit spending so much time on bingo!
What do you think of the progressive agendas laid out here, especially on the state and local levels? Elections are coming up, you know.
Another progressive posted What We Believe on Left in Alabama this morning.
This video from 21 years ago was recently rated most sexy video on some show I saw while searching for something worthwhile to watch. Chris Isaak - Wicked Game.