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white_wolf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 04:11 PM
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"We have made Progressive a bad word." -Glen Beck.
At least he admits that they have worked to make "liberal" and now "progressive" a bad word. Now, Beck is ranting that Hucklabee is a progressive republican,I thought those had gone extinct with Theodore Roosevelt. I swear this guy would be hilarious if he wasn't so dangerous.
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AlabamaLibrul Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 04:12 PM
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1. He can think that
It's only a bad word to the freaks that follow him.

Personally, I'm working to continue DU's mission to make the word "conservative" absolutely radioactive.
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white_wolf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 04:14 PM
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2. Maybe we should re-brand them reactionaries.
Conservatives by definition of the word try to preserve the status quo, but these guys actually want to take us back to the 1800s.
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AlabamaLibrul Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 04:35 PM
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6. You make a good point
Edited on Mon Apr-25-11 04:35 PM by AlabamaLibrul
I overlooked that. We still have conservatives in this country, but there is a very loud minority that goes far beyond that.

We need a term for them, and need to let everybody know that these people want to move the country backwards, shut down the government, make the government default on its debt, cut the last traces of a social welfare system on the decline for the past 30 years, and promote a free-market wage slavery system in which the poor, sick, and old are left to die and the worker is forced to remain in a low-wage job in third-world conditions for fear of becoming one of them.

I've been saying this for a while now - they want us to turn into West China, an American capitalist's paradise no matter the official name of the system.
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niyad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 08:18 PM
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10. I have been saying that for lo these many decades.
actually, I think these reichwingnut reactionaries want us to go back to the 1300's
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pinto Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 04:16 PM
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3. The unspoken bottom line here, imo - Republican extemists want a one party state.
A Democracy *is* about legislative opposition, debate and representation of a varied population.

A one party state is....
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cali Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 04:21 PM
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4. I don't think they've succeeded with the word progressive and just
as a point of accuracy, until quite recently there were progressive republicans. Retired Senator Jim Jeffords was definitely one of them.

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Jeffords's work in Congress focused on legislation involving education, job training, and individuals with disabilities. In his later years in the Senate, his emphasis shifted somewhat, as Jeffords pushed several important pieces of environmental legislation through Congress. He was, together with Paul Simon, credited by Canadian Lieutenant-General Romo Dallaire, Force Commander of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Rwanda (UNAMIR) from 1993 to 1994, for actively lobbying the US administration into mounting a humanitarian mission to Rwanda during the Rwandan Genocide. According to Dallaire's book Shake Hands with the Devil, he "owe(s) a great debt of gratitude" to both senators.

Jeffords was one of the founders of the Congressional Solar Coalition and the Congressional Arts Caucus. Jeffords was frequently recognized for his performance as a legislator, receiving Parenting magazine's "Legislator of the Year" award in 1999, and the Sierra Club's highest commendation in 2002.

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By the time of his switch, no Republican Senator had a lower lifetime score from the American Conservative Union. In 1981, Jeffords was the only Republican member of the House to vote against a bill reducing the top tax rate from 70 per cent to 50 per cent a hallmark of President Ronald Reagan's legacy. During his time in the Senate, he voted for the Civil Rights Act of 1991, the Brady Bill, the Family and Medical Leave Act, an end to the ban on gays serving in the military, and against permanent normal trade relations with China and barring affirmative action at the federal level. Jeffords was also vocal in his opposition to the nomination of Clarence Thomas to the United States Supreme Court by President George H.W. Bush. He was one of only two Republicans to vote against confirming Clarence Thomas. In 1993, he was the only prominent Republican to support President Clinton's unsuccessful attempt to establish a national healthcare plan. Jefford's voting record and positions on environmental issues put further distance between himself and his Republican Party colleagues.

Jeffords consistently voted against the ban on partial-birth abortion, and also against a harsher line on Cuba. In 1995 he was one of only 16 Senators to vote against the Communications Decency Act. The Supreme Court later struck it down as unconstitutional. Jeffords highly advocated LGBT rights in the workplace. He sponsored The Employee Non Discrimination Act of 1995 (104th Congress), 1997 (105th Congress), and 1999 (106th Congress). Jeffords Non Discrimination bills did not include "gender identity." He was in the minority of Republicans to oppose the Flag Desecration Amendment.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim_Jeffords

and oh yes, he voted against the Iraq War. He's and Chafee (now governor of RI) are the end of the line for progressive republicans in the Congress.
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white_wolf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 11:13 PM
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11. Very interesting. Thanks.
A living Republican politician I can respect, I never thought I'd see this day.
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madrchsod Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 04:29 PM
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5. no mr glen beck you have not....
we did this ourselves...we thought everything will be ok because we had a democratic house,senate,and a democratic president.

no mr beck, you and your buddies woke us up...

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aquart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 04:36 PM
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7. Which is why we're taking back liberal and union and bragging about it.
You don't defeat bullies by giving in. You don't win by letting the other guy make the rules.

I AM A LIBERAL. I believe in UNIONS. I believe in COLLECTIVE BARGAINING. I believe we need to tax the rich until they remember they're Americans and not some special race of super beings. I believe in punitive inheritance taxes for any fortune over $7 million including family foundations.

I think SOCIALIZED MEDICINE is the best thing since sliced bread and I wish we had it here.

I believe corporations can be symbiotic or parasitic depending on the degree of regulation and the intensity of enforcement. Right now they are purely parasitic, bleeding wealth out of this nation and putting nothing back.

Oh, and I also believe NO MORE MR. NICE DEMOCRAT.
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RagAss Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 04:36 PM
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8. We have made "Beck" a bad word too, Glen. Now go take a flying shit !
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Morning Dew Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 04:39 PM
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9. Paging Dan Savage. Beck needs the santorum treatment. n/m
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