We progressives need to do our part by standing up and calling a spade a spade. We need to kick some conservative butt.
Our task is to expose the harmfulness of conservative views to such a degree that people will feel ashamed to call themselves conservatives.
In this regards, I've created a web tool:
Criticize Conservatives (http://truthsite.org/CriticizeConservatives/)
Aside from my email insult tool, I'm looking for other ways to fight back. One idea is to frown, condescend and chuckle whenever someone says something conservative.
One conservative talking point that deserves particular scorn is the Reaganesuqe claim that government is necessarily inefficient, corrupt, and unproductive. Without government we'd be hunter gatherers or in a lawless state like Somalia. See Bring on the Reagan Counterrevolution and Government: Unproductive? Wasteful? Corrupt?. The reason this topic is so important for progressives is that opposition to government and taxation is the core principle of the conservative movement. Healthcare reform, economic justice, social services, media reform, public transportation, regulations, education, and public funding of elections all depend on people realizing that government is a force for good and that progressive taxation is good for the country.
Of course, all too often government serves the interest of the rich and powerful, so government is not always good, but still on many issues it's our only hope.
Dave Thomas defines the ideals the progressive movement this way:
"Put simply, Socialists trust public enterprise, while rejecting abusive private enterprise. Conservatives trust private enterprise, while rejecting abusive public enterprise. [Progressives] recognize that both public and private enterprise can yield benefits and can be abusive."I like that definition because it paints progressives as the "moderates" that they are.
Do others have ideas for ways in which progressive can stand up tall and fight?
I like the motto of Democrats.com : the Aggressive Progressives.