Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Be Proud to Be Progressive!

The Left side of the political spectrum can claim a long history of social progress, fighting for democracy, and advancing justice.  If you’re on the Left, whether you call yourself liberal, progressive, radical, whatever, you probably have the following traits (feel free to add other strengths):
Rational
Empathetic
Sympathetic
Balanced
A critical thinker about yourself and society
Independent
Free-spirited
Open-minded
Decent
Generous
Knowledgeable
Experimental
A long-term thinker
A big-picture thinker
Anti-authoritarian
Courageous
You are also probably committed to:
Democracy
Human Rights
Equality
Freedom, positive and negative
Responsibility
Fairness
Justice
Public service
Progress
Human development
Freedom of speech and expression
Freedom of religion and identity
Diversity
The good of all
Now, liberals and progressives have flaws too, but it is often good to revel in your strengths. And you have these strengths! They are things to be proud of! 

Conservatism is failing from its own delusions, waste, ignorance, mediocrity, and hubris -- and you ARE the future that will in time replace it. These qualities and these values make you an alloy of political steel, strong and sharp yet flexible like the blade of fine sword. 
Remind yourself every day that you have in you the strength that comes from being progressive.

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