Progressive-Liberal.com became necessary when a number of so-called “liberal” sites like The Daily Kos let go of and/or blocked a number of their regular contributors for not adhering strictly enough to the current Corporate/Establishment Democratic Party Line. This is not to say these now-shunned writers were screaming, “MAN THE BARRACADES!” at the top of their lungs as they tossed Molotov-Cocktails at law-enforcement. Hardly. These were not "wild-eyed revolutionaries" by any stretch of the imagination.
The fact of the matter is the most damning thing any one in the aforementioned group of writers expressed, their most serious “offense,” was stating the obvious: that Hillary Clinton was a very, very flawed candidate and that the loss to Trump was more than anything else she and the DNC's fault. Frankly, there's no where else to reasonably put the blame. Having lost the Congress (both houses), the Presidency and a majority of the State-Houses and governorships around the country, we think the Democratic Party desperately needs to go in a different direction. Hardly a "radical" position, considering the state we and the Party now all find ourselves in.
We want Democrats and the DNC specifically to start representing their voters and stop representing exclusively their corporate and big business donors (i.e.: the current state of the party) and to that end we will publish articles that deal with getting money out of politics; raising the minimum-wage; promoting single-payer health-care; Judicial Reform and standing-up for worker's and Human Rights.
Many of the pieces published here at Progressive-Liberal may not always directly address the aforementioned “Top Issues” but outside of a fair consideration of all the facts and opinions involved, and we definitely encourage diversity of thought and opinion, we will never promote the Establishment/Corporate Party Line simply because it's the Party Line. The Dems will have to do better than that to get us on-board.
... the True Believers convinced themselves that the people were finally on board with the project, never wanting to face the fact that the people could not care less about their “project.”
There is currently a battle for the soul of the Democratic Party and the Political Left going on; a “civil war,” if you will. On the one side you have the Establishment, probably best represented by Hillary Clinton. A committed “Third-Way,” big-money corporatist, Secretary Clinton is an apple that did not fall very far the Bill Clinton political tree.
I said that the youngest Left cohort – “wild, crazy, radical, identity politics, anti-fa, college campus, SJWs (Social Justice Warriors)” and the “radically Politically Correct” – are the least important part of the new, real, true Left, and that was a tad unfair.
How can people destroy the world with pollution and global warming (i.e.: climate-change) and create a Hellscape that their offspring, their legacy, their CHILDREN, GRANDCHILDREN and GREAT-GRANDCHILDREN will ultimately have to live in?
The bottom line: the U.S. doesn’t “give away” a f—king penny out of the goodness of our collective hearts; they’re “buying” something: Loyalty, peace, weapons, open trade-routes, etc. If any of those things increase the profit margins of a multi-national, the U.S. will procure them. If there’s no profit in it; fergetaboutit.
What the U.S. does is sell bonds. That’s right, the National Debt is outstanding U.S. (mostly Treasury) Bonds! The Congress votes to sell a certain dollar amount of U.S. Bonds (the “Debt Ceiling”) to finance our various projects and adventures and those bonds are bought by just about every moneyed-interest on the planet.
Why on earth does a law-abiding civilian need a military-style assault-rifle? What exactly is the objection to registering firearms with the government? Why aren’t there more regulations and restrictions on private gun-sales? Why aren’t gun-show sellers required to do background checks just like gun-shops are?
So what did Republicans learn from the complete and abject failure of the “Kansas Experiment?” Apparently nothing. Which brings us to the Republican Tax Reform plan; all the details aren't yet in but from what we've seen so far it's basically the idea that lowering taxes on the rich and corporations will generate so much revenue that the middle and working classes will reap huge financial rewards.
“Black Lives Matter” as the motto of the titular movement is not strictly speaking a purely declarative statement; it's also – and perhaps most importantly – a response, a reply to the racist actions towards African-Americans by (especially white) people and (especially white but not limited to white) police-officers all over this country.
All of those in power, from the President to the Team Owners to the media, all are deflecting from the real issue. Basically they're all re-framing the narrative so they don't have to address the actual point.
Also working against Hillary Clinton was the strongly held view in rural America that Liberal-Democrats (which as pointed out above, she wasn't one – Dem, yes, Liberal, not so much) and Democrats in general are just wrong about everything.
If the only thing that truly matters is “Going Home Tonight,” and you have a gun and the authority to use it whenever you see fit, then f—king kill ‘em all and let god sort ‘em out! Because I’m f—king going home tonight! Well, I see that as a serious problem.
...If my mechanic tells me that I'm low and I need to put oil in my car or I'm going to throw a rod and blow-up my engine, I don't say, “You're no better than me!” and drive off without putting any oil in the car...
Once you realize that trickle-down economics does not work, you will see the excessive tax cuts for the rich as what they are – a simple upward redistribution of income, rather than a way to make all of us richer.
“The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” could have quite easily kept all the small tax-cuts for the poor, working and middle-classes and not have ballooned the national debt by 1.5 trillion dollars and still given the economy a major boost. But this was never about the poor, the working or the middle-class.
A rich guy carrying bags of money walks into your house and hands you a U.S. Government Check for $100 and then he walks upstairs and brutally rapes your kids and all you do is say, “Gee, I can't wait till he comes back next month and gives me another $100 Government Check!”
Donald Trump is AMAZING! Utterly, unbelievably, incredibly AMAZING! There, I said it! And it feels pretty good, in fact: pretty GODDAM good!
What is Hillary going to do about Russian interference in the election, Mr. Trump? Probably nothing as she lost the election and isn't running the government, you lying, ignorant, racist, stupid, sack of sh-t.
I want to get briefly into a little thing called “Testilying” – that’s right, not testifying, testilying, and, yeah, it’s a real thing. Testilying is defined as: “Police perjury (or testilying in United States police slang) is the act of a police officer giving false testimony.” This happens all too often and even when proven rarely results in any disciplinary consequences for the lying police officer..
They can’t back away from Trump and admit that they made a huge mistake; that they really don’t know their ass from a hole-in-the-ground. “You’re no better than me!” is going to come-off as pretty lame if people saw you in that “Make America Great Again” cap in 2016 and/or heard you support a failed business-man (remember those 4 or 5 bankruptcies) and reality game-show host for the most powerful position on the planet. You might as well just admit that you’re an imbecile who should not be allowed to vote or even express an opinion; certainly not an opinion worth respecting.
Today the March For Our Lives Movement shows America just what we have to look forward to in 2020, a date by which most of these young people will come of voting age; and it’s a wonderful, beautiful, exciting sight to behold.
While Trump’s crazy has real-world consequences for many Americans, and often the rest of the world as well, so much of what he says is so, well, f-cking CRAZY and STUPID but also, and of equal importance, entirely UNTRUE that it’s all but impossible to argue intellectually against it. It’s like getting into a serious, in-depth, political discussion with a toddler; no matter how smart the kids is, pretty quickly you’re both going to get frustrated
Taking a break from my usual political rants and raves (although I must admit, since Trump, a lot more rants than raves) to talk briefly about a show I saw on Saturday (4/7/18).
You could put it this way: according to science, Conservatives are afraid of new things and progress and Liberals are always looking forward to new things and progress.