Yes the answer is... Progress. So that begs the question: Why are today's politicians so reluctant to call themselves progressives or to demonize others who claim that affiliation? Is there something wrong with progress? What am I missing here?
I've recently been watching the Ken Burns series about the creation of our National Parks. And which US President was most responsible for promoting that unimpeachable idea? Theodore Roosevelt. His party? The Progressives. What would our country have missed out on if Roosevelt was afraid at the time of being called progressive because of his support for the parks? Yellowstone, Yosemite, Grand Canyon - Wow scary stuff, huh?
Even David Duke wants his wife or sister or mother to be able to vote, if for no other reason than to prevent Barack Obama from ever getting elected. Sorry that one didn't work out for you David. But the next time Sarah Palin or Michelle Bachman starts going on about the progressives, it would be swell if someone reminded them that giving women the vote was also considered a progressive idea, once upon a time in a century far far away. Um, that would be the 20th century.
Future topic: And The Root Word of Conservative Is...? Stay tuned - this is an equal opportunity blog.