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Yesterday Steve Burns posted a disturbing article on Oped News (my new venue, by the way) that called for the execution of liberalism, one that seems to conflate liberalism with progressivism.

He used as his jumping off point a recent Gallup poll that seems to suggest that American voters are already losing faith in a progressive agenda of which we've hardly seen a trace of evidence since perhaps the Carter administration.

Here's how Burns sums it up:


"A recent Gallup Poll showed widespread uncertainty about the "progressive" political label, with the majority of those responding (54%) saying they are unsure what "progressive" means. 31% felt they knew enough about "Progressive" to say that it doesn't describe their views, while 12% said that they were themselves progressive."


The reason why so many of us can't seem to distinguish "liberal" from "progressive", and I count Burns in with this confused majority, is that we've seen so little evidence of anything even remotely resembling either a liberal or progressive agenda. As Burns himself admits, our nation's youth have never known an America that hasn't been ruled by corporations just as surely as all children about to go into the 4th grade this September have never known an America that hasn't been at war.

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An unapologetic liberal blogger since January 2005, JP is a published poet, aspiring but frustrated novelist and a perennial victim of George Failey's and Vice President Potter's vision for this once-great country. His blog is called Welcome Back (more...)
 

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