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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Toledo Blade: Video: President FDR Fireside Chat. 2nd Bill of Rights From 1/11/1944: The Progressive Bill of Rights

I'm been wanting to write a blog for a while now on what is the Progressive idea of freedom. Because their hero or the Ronald Reagan of the American-Progressive movement spoked about freedom and the. Need for it a lot and so did Harry Truman and Lyndon Johnson and even Teddy Roosevelt where a lot of the Progressive policies were inspired. Henry Wallace who ran for President fror the Progressive Party back in 1948 would be another example of that. I mean I don't think you can credibly call yourself a Progressive and not believe in individual-freedom at least to a certain point. Because a lot of what Progressivism is about is about progress so if you believe government should be taking away a lot of. Our current freedom if not most of it, you are no longer a Progressive but just a pure Statist. That government has to have most if not all of the power for the good of society. Its just that the Progressive notion of freedom is a lot less individualistic then Conservatives, Libertarians and Liberals thats all. And puts more faith in the state to serve the people well.

So what is the Progressive notion of freedom at least coming from a non Progressive or someone who doesn't fit the popular definition of Progressive. In its most limited form it would be the freedom not to have to take responsibility for one's own well being. Education of your children, healthcare, health insurance, pension, childcare, unemployment would be generous if you need it. And you wouldn't even be expected to go back to work. Healthcare and health insurance would never be denied to you no matter what, it would never be free but it would always be there for you. You would always have a job no matter what because you would be entitled to one as well well as entitled to make a good living. So perhaps unemployment insurance would go away. Even if you do not bring any marketable skills to the table and whatever you make from your job, if its not enough. Government would give you the rest from tax payers to cover your bills. This probably all sounds like Fantasy Land to non Progressives and what a Socialist-Utopia would look like.

The more mainstream and reality based Progressivism would be about a generous welfare-state to provide the people with the services. That we all need but run by government because Progressives do not trust the private-sector to handle these things. Like healthcare, health insurance and education, a safety net for people who fall through the cracks of the Capitalist-system. Thats financed through high taxes, which is where Progressives need to get back to instead of talking about all of the new. Government services to replace services from the private-sector, pensions being the latest one if Progressives ever want to have real power in America.
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