What Does it Mean to be a Progressive?

I am a Progressive Democrat. A progressive is a person “advocating or implementing social reform or new, liberal ideas”. Liberal was once a label people would run from. Liberalism is a “political philosophy based on belief in progress, the essential goodness of the human race, and the autonomy of the individual and standing for the protection of political and civil liberties, considering government as a crucial instrument for amelioration of social inequities.” Basically, it’s embracing a philosophy that change can be good as we learn new information that challenges our traditional views.

Teddy Roosevelt, a Progressive Republican, said “there is none which compares in importance with the great central task of leaving this land even a better land for our descendants than it is for us” he went on to add that “the health and vitality of our people are at least as well worth conserving as their forests, waters, lands, and minerals, and in this great work the national government must bear a most important part.” This is what we are talking about; this is the core concept that drives me and my reason for running.

Senator Elizabeth Warren tells us that “We’re supposed to build opportunity. This is about our children and our grandchildren. This is about the kind of country we want to be. This is about the kind of people we are.” How very right she is.

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