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Extreme Progressive Principles

Updated on December 9, 2019
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Jack is a volunteer at the CCNY Archives. Before retiring, he worked at IBM for over 28 years. As of 2/2020, Jack has over 100,000 views.

Introduction

In the media, we often hear the term extreme conservative principles or beliefs...but when they talk about progressive ideas, it is never described in the same fashion. Why is that? The term "extreme" implies it is out of the norm. So the media is implicitly biased in just the way they report the news. They themselves are aligned with the progressive agenda and therefore agrees for the most part with the progressive ideas.

- Dec. 2019

A List of Progressive Views...

  • We are a secular nation
  • The Constitution as established is flawed
  • We are a white dominated nation
  • Borders are exclusive and should not be enforced
  • Healthcare is a basic human right and should be universal
  • Abortion is a right of the mother, she has total control or choice over her own body
  • Support a gender neutral policy...
  • Support equality for all groups and subgroups
  • Climate change is mostly due to human activities
  • Capitalism is unfair and exploits the workers and lead to income inequality
  • Government is the solution to all our needs and problems
  • the rich should be taxed more to provide for all
  • gun control is needed to prevent mass shootings
  • "hate" speech should be banned
  • We are part of the world community and should abide by International laws
  • We cannot be a great nation as long as there are people being oppressed...
  • Progressives believe our Pentagon is the problem and refuse to help our own defense department while cuddling to China - latest Google revelation.

Details...

1. Progressives believe our nation was founded as a secular nation. They want God and any references to God be removed from the public square. They also want "In God We Trust" removed from our currency.

2. Progressives think out Constitution is antiquated and has flaws. They believe it needs to be updated for modern times. They point to South Africa as a model for new democracies.

3. Progressives still think our nation is racist and that it is dominated by whites who wants to keep our nation white by preventing minorities from immigrating here.

4. Progressives believe in an open borders policy and also wants to eliminate ICE. They also support sanctuary cities which help protect undocumented immigrants from deportation even after having been convicted of felonies.

5. Progressives believe healthcare is a basic human right and that the State should provide free healthcare for all.

6. A main issue progressives care about is the right to choose abortion. They believe this is a "right" of the women to make any decisions regarding their body. Some even support late term abortions which is essentially murder.

7. Progressives believe in gender neutral policies such as the use of public restrooms.

8. Progressives use identity politics to divide us into groups. They treat each group or subgroup as victims. Victims that need to be protected.

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9. Progressives believe climate change is mostly caused by human activities, especially the use of fossil fuels which they believe causes the greenhouse effect. They ignore the complexity of the climate and the natural components which may have greater effects, such as our sun.

10. Progressives believe that capitalism lead to greed and income inequality. They prefer socialism where everyone is more or less equal...equally poor.

11. Progressives believe government is the solution to all our problems. They ignore the evidence that the proposed solutions are worse than the ills they are curing.

12. Progressives are against the rich and wants to punish them with high taxes. They claim these people did not earn their riches. "you didn't build that" was what Obama said to these titans of industry.

13. Progressives are anti-gun ownership. They think the 2nd amendment is obsolete and needs to be repealed. To save the children from being massacred by mass shooters.

14. Progressives are not a fan of the free speech, first Amendment either. They believe college campuses should have a free speech zone and the rest of the campus should not be allowed to have opinions different from their professors and their liberal views.

15. Progressives are a big supporter of the UN and the world government.

16. Progressives do not believe in American exceptionalism and often think we are not a great nation...and that we are the source of many problems around the globe.

17. Progressives do not support our military and the defense of our nation. In contrast, they rather work with our adversaries rather than help the Pentagon. Case in point, the Google company decided to withdraw from the AI initiative with the Pentagon but works with China to establish an AI lab in Beijing.

Summary

I listed some of the progressive beliefs. If I am in error, please let me know and I will make any corrections or adjustments. Please take the poll at the bottom. I am making a comparison of public opinion between progressives vs. conservatives.

Unscientific Poll

Are The Beliefs Listed Above Extreme? (1 to 5) 1 least and 5 most extreme?

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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2019 Jack Lee

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    • jackclee lm profile imageAUTHOR

      Jack Lee 

      5 months ago from Yorktown NY

      john, thanks for your extensive explanation of progressives. I will take them under advisement.

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      John Coviello 

      5 months ago from New Jersey

      Many of your points regarding what a progressive in the U.S. is are fair, but I'd like to point out some things I don't think are correct.

      "Progressives believe healthcare is a basic human right and that the State should provide free healthcare for all." - Given that this belief is shared by the majority of conservatives in European governments who have supported universal healthcare in their countries while in power, it's hard to call it a uniquely "progressive" idea. Germany, Italy, and the UK have all had conservative governments for years that supported universal healthcare. In fact, one of the things many in the media and punditry missed about the recent Conservative Party win in the UK is that on a lot of issues, the "conservative" party in the UK supports positions that would be considered liberal in the US, from universal healthcare, to sensible gun regulation to addressing climate change (their platform says they want to phase out fossil fuel use by 2050).

      "Progressives use identity politics to divide us into groups. They treat each group or subgroup as victims. Victims that need to be protected." Some sub-groups are victims. They are discriminated against just because of who they are. I think there's also strong identity politics in some conservative circles, especially ones on the racist fringe. Their politics are defined by their white race and upholding what they think are traditional white values.

      "Progressives are anti-gun ownership. They think the 2nd amendment is obsolete and needs to be repealed. To save the children from being massacred by mass shooters." I think this is painting with too broad of a brush and misrepresents many progressive's positions on guns. Many, myself included, understand the need for and support the 2nd Amendment. Many progressives are gun owners (I know a few). What we want is sensible gun policy, like stringent background checks to at least try to keep people who have no business owning a gun from legally obtaining one. We also realize that there are limitations to the 2nd Amendment. Fully automatic machine guns were banned in the US decades ago for safety reasons. Some progressives think this ban should extend to semi-automatic weapons that are used in so many mass shootings. Is that extreme?

      "Progressives are not a fan of the free speech, first Amendment either. They believe college campuses should have a free speech zone and the rest of the campus should not be allowed to have opinions different from their professors and their liberal views." - I think this is again painting with too broad a brush and lumping everyone who considers themselves a progressive in this same category. Perhaps young, naive college students and some more strident ones take that position, but many, including myself, are repelled by anyone trying to limit free speech. Many progressive understand that our society is built on the principle of free speech and the free exchange of ideas.

      "Progressives believe climate change is mostly caused by human activities, especially the use of fossil fuels which they believe causes the greenhouse effect. They ignore the complexity of the climate and the natural components which may have greater effects, such as our sun." - I don't think you realize that any progressive that happens to have a scientific mind has considered other causes regardng why the planet has warmed about 1 C in the last 100 years (much of it in recent decades). I have researched and written extensively about global warming and its causes. I looked at the sun's impact over the past 50 years and the data shows that there has been a general lull in sunspot activity as solar cycles have been weak and lower levels of the sun's radiation reaching Earth, so the sun is not currently a contributor to recent global warming. It has been at times in the past when it was stronger (and will be again at some point in the future), but right now there are other forces driving the current global warming since the sun has been weakening in recent decades, which is just the natural solar cycle that for some reason is in a weak stage. How can you call the conclusion (not belief) that global warming is currently being driven by increasing greenhouse gases extreme when it is supported by well over 90% of the scientific community that dive deep into the causes and understand what has driven climate change both colder and warmer in the past (and scientists have all different political philosophies like any other group)? If you research it, scientists do in fact take into consideration other drivers of climate besides greenhouse gasses. Perhaps some less informed people who call themselves "progressives" don't, but certainly, anyone following the scientific method of discovery of the natural world does.

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      M S Beltran 

      5 months ago from USA

      For me, progressives are way too extreme. I'm unapologetically capitalist, small govt, pro-Constitution. I just wrote a hub last week about how the Dems are getting too extreme not going to win the support of moderates or centrists if they keep letting progressives pull their party to the extreme Left.

      These progressive policies you listed are going to be the downfall of America. They are so progressing in a terrible direction, like off a cliff.

    • jackclee lm profile imageAUTHOR

      Jack Lee 

      5 months ago from Yorktown NY

      Thanks for reading. I am glad you agree with my points for the most part. Do you think these beliefs are extreme? or mainstream?

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      M S Beltran 

      5 months ago from USA

      I think that's a pretty accurate description of progressive policies, the ones that are more and more turning off anyone to the right of Barack Obama lol.

      Except maybe for the first point which I don't think is specifically progressive. A lot of Libertarians would agree that the US is a secular nation. I don't see how anyone can claim the US is not a secular nation since the very first thing specified in the Bill of Rights is that the government can't establish a religion. Of course it doesn't mean a country free from religion, but it's still a secular state.

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