Saturday, December 31, 2011

This new poll by the Pew Research Center shows that Progressive is the most popular political label among those surveyed.  Progressive as defined by 

favoring or advocating progress,  change, improvement, or reform, as opposed to wishing to maintain things as they are, especially in political matters: a progressive mayor.
 making progress  toward better conditions; employing or advocating more enlightened or liberal ideas, new or experimental methods, etc.: a progressive community.
The 67% of Americans who view "progressive" favorably will have a most difficult time voting for Republicans.  Threatening to shut down the US government three times in one year is as far from progressive as you can get.  How about the Republicans in the Senate who have filibustered almost every single bill since Obama became president, so that the majority doesn't rule, it takes a super majority of 60 senators to pass a bill.  Republicans have also refused to confirm most of President Obama's Judicial Nominees, creating a real crisis in our judicial system.

If this poll is representative, then who will vote for the Republican party that wants the US to keep burning coal, natural gas and oil forever and have tried to kill every clean energy bill in congress.  Republicans, loved it when health insurance companies could stop paying benefits due to "pre-existing conditions" and they all want to repeal Obama care and place us all at the mercy of health insurance companies again.  Every Republican presidential candidate, except Ron Paul has criticized our withdrawal from Iraq.  Republicans want the war to go on and on.  Republicans have refused to even vote on the Presidents Jobs bill.  Republicans have refused to consider any small tax increases on the wealthy to pay for education or infrastructure.    It's fair to say that Republicans are resistant to change or to more favorable circumstances for the vast majority of Americans.  Republicans, the party of wealthy old white men, has tied itself to the shoestrings of the super wealthy elite and they are anathema to "progressive".   

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