(1000+ posts) Thu Jan-06-11 09:38 AM
Original message I am a Progressive.
I am not a Moderate. I am not a Conservative. I believe in open debate and free speech. I don't expect any place to believe exactly as I do. I don't think I would want to be at a place like that? (AAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!)
I think I am a very tolerant person. At least, I try to be. I have grown more tolerant as I get older. (Translation: I'm bucking for Top DUmmie of 2011!!)
I do believe in progressive values. I believe workers should share in their own productivity. I believe in healthcare for all. I believe in a progressive tax system. I believe in equal rights for all.
Also, I believe that equal justice has to be the cornerstone for any government. I do not believe anyone, President or anyone else, is above the law. I believe the military defense industry is more of a threat than a protector of our nation.
I believe the "global economy" is a way to destroy the standard of living in this country so corporations and multinationals can make a fortune off the cheap labor in developing countries. I do not believe any of these exploiters should have advantage of our tax system, as they do now.
I do believe in sharing the wealth because I believe that labor creates all wealth. Because wealth is power, I believe the Democratic Party has to use the tax system to level the playing field.
I believe that all work is honorable and that all work should provide a means for survival. I believe that government is good and that it (we) should provide for those that are not able to take care of themselves, including the many homeless in this country. I think it is a disgrace that we allow people to make huge profits off the illnesses of others.
I believe both political Parties have become enslaved to the corporate dollars that fund their campaigns and that most of them look at public service as a career. Also, I believe they are overpaid for the positions they hold. I do not believe they should expect to be paid the same as some in the so-called "private sector".
I believe that thoughts create words and that words create emotions. I believe that emotions can create actions and actions can create deeds. I believe strongly in the power of words.
I believe that I am my Brother's Keeper. What we do to the least of these, we do to ourselves.
Contrary to the conventional wisdom, I believe most of the people in this country are progressive in their thoughts. They do not believe that greed is good. They believe in helping their neighbors. They believe in fairness. Those are basic tenets of the progressive values which I share with them. They are not bad people. They are ignorant people that have allowed themselves to be brainwashed by the powerful media propagandists in this country.
Finally, I should say, that I believe the only way to save this country from the depths we have sunk is by progressive ideas. I believe those ideas are worth fighting for.