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Monday, September 19, 2005

The Irony of Self-Styled 'Progressives'

Words are strange things. They can be used to bring clarity, hide deceit, build up or tear down.

Think of a word like ‘progressive’. Immediately, one has connotations of positive change that is moving forward to a brighter tomorrow of enjoyment and liberty.

What a great word!

But if someone takes the title ‘progressive’ and applies it to themselves, the word may not articulate the reality of the person’s character or intentions.

Such can be the case among ‘progressives’ who wish to segment a group of their neighbors and not only treat them as a fringe element, but also use manipulation to keep them disenfranchised.

If a ‘progressive’ only desires freedom for their own views, and seeks to silence the voice of dissent, then does the title fit?

By contrast, the ‘progressive’ should have such confidence in their belief that they can welcome challenges from the marketplace of ideas, knowing that their ‘progressive’ arguments will win the day, regardless of dissent.

Putting dissenting voices on a watch-list doesn’t seem very ‘progressive’ to me. But then, I always thought such lofty adjectives like ‘progressive’ were attributed to individuals by others, not claimed for oneself in an act of self-aggrandizement.

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