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Well, Hillary Has Won, But The Struggle Does Continue

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The original Progressives-- and the Depression-era ones like Battlin' Bob LaFollette-- didn't care about the environment. They didn't know to. Environmentalism was hardly even a word, it was something generally thought about merely in connection with John Muir or National Parks until at least the Vietnam War, or the writing of The Silent Spring.

Progressives care, give money, and go to demonstrations, about the planet. There is greater planetary-survival consciousness in the activism of progressives than that of mere liberals.

I don't know if you have ever heard the old political maxim:
liberals (and by that, on this right-shifted political spectrum of 2016, I include progressives, even though many are no more left that the average late-1960s liberal) are just radicals without the balls to act on their convictions.

A progressive is not necessarily distinguished from a Democrat. Oh, from the moderate conservative/centrist financial and volunteer-work contributors to the business of the Democratic Party, who see no problem with the democracy-destructive PACs as long as their candidate wins, who comprise the vast majority of those who have voted for Clinton-- well, no, a progressive does not line up in that column.

A progressive Democrat could only be characterized as someone who still clings to the hope that somehow the Democratic (and democratic) process will resolve itself into social, economic and environmental justice, and that it will do so through the current process of two-dominant-party representative democracy.

Clear enough? Here it is in one paragraph, David (who was a submariner and loved his job):

Reigning in of capitalism and greedy capitalist rogues. A cessation of wartime policies, that besides endangering the survival of the planet, stack debt on top of debt while parts of the country like the infrastructure are crumbling. Racial, gender, and (in most cases they think so) sexual-orientation equality. Stop tearing the earth. Renewable energy generation must be implemented on a Marshall-Plan scale (larger, the continent is bigger than Europe) in the United States. Fossil and nuclear fuel energy generation must be supplanted and cease as quickly as possible.

*my maternal grandfather Norman B. Beecher was a Second Lieutenant of artillery in the Spanish American War. He became one of the attorneys that defended against all claims in the case of the Titanic, and was for decades the Chairman of the USGA Rules Committee. His older brother, Lyman Beecher, invented the first pull golf-bag cart...)

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Bernie practically echoed what I just wrote for you 5 minutes or so into his speech in Santa Monica. He is telling you what distinguishes progressives from liberals. Progressives of today-- "We will break up the major banks on Wall Street! And we will join with all the other industrialized nations and have health care as a right." Listen to him. That's what progressive is, caring about the future of America and not just about the maintenance of business as usual.

Progressives are a MOVEMENT. Liberals (and centrists) only comprise a PARTY. Some factions of conservatives appear to be conflicting, but although the total of them is less, traditionally (since the Southern Strategy) they have been more focused as a Party, even with the insurgence of the Tea Partiers.

Clinton has won California by about 55-43%. We must now presume that, lacking an indictment, she will be nominated, and will defeat Donald Trump by some clear but non-mandate margin.

And tens of millions of Americans will have been forced to elect a warmongering neocon-lite of a banker's-friend candidate in order to avoid an even more profoundly unqualified candidate who is a bigot, a capitalist predator, a man who readily did business with members of the Genovese and Gambino families, an insulter of women and even the handicapped, whom-- worst of all to consider-- tens of millions of other Americans will have voted for!

Cry, the beloved country...

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I've been in the fight against war, fascism, injustice and inhumanity for 47 years. I was at MayDay, 1971, (more...)
 

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