America is Progressive!

America is becoming progressively more progressive!

Pam Spaulding writes:

That’s the name of a new report out by Media Matters. By gathering information from non-partisan opinion polls and sources on a host of issues, it presents a different picture than often painted by the mainstream media about Americans — the country is growing more progressive.

The theocrats and fringe conservatives know this is the trend as well, particularly on social issues — the increasing shrillness of their attacks, and need to use the most desperate anti-LGBT, anti-woman, anti-immigrant racist rhetoric to fill their coffers tells you all that you need to know. The winds aren’t blowing their way, but they aren’t going down without a fight.

Today is a glass half full day.

This means even more liberals holding politician’s feet to the fire come 2008.

From the Media Matters report (emphasis mine):

Conventional wisdom says that the American public is fundamentally conservative – hostile to government, in favor of unregulated markets, at peace with inequality, wanting a foreign policy based on the projection of military power, and traditional in its social values.

But as this report demonstrates, that picture is fundamentally false. Media perceptions and past Republican electoral successes notwithstanding, Americans are progressive across a wide range of controversial issues, and they’re growing more progressive all the time.

This report gathers together years of public opinion data from unimpeachably nonpartisan sources to show that on issue after issue, the majority of Americans hold progressive positions. And this is true not only of specific policy proposals, but of the fundamental perspectives and approaches that Americans bring to bear on issues.

This is more than Americans deciding they like universal health care and energy conservation.  It represents a fundamental shift in overall thinking regarding the role of citizens and government in the US and the world.

The successful candidates in 2008 will reflect not only the core issues but the underlying ethos of progressive politics.

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