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Friday, February 24, 2012

Paul Krugman: Liberals Vs. Progressives: Great Debate for Democrats





Going through the differences between Liberals such as myself and Progressives such as, well Paul Krugman or Ed Schultz. In the Democratic Party is a great debate to have, because we are different. Liberals aren't the same as Progressives, Liberals are closer to Libertarian then Progressive. Progressives tend to be Democratic Socialists like Sen. Bernie Sanders. Just like Conservatives and Libertarians aren't the same either. Even though they are similar and thats a good debate the Republican Party is having right now. Should they be a party of Barry Goldwater and Ron Reagan, should they become Libertarian like Ron Paul. Or should they keep moving in the same Religious and Neoconservative direction they've been on the last ten years. Liberals and Progressives aren't part of the same broader Political Ideology. Where Liberal and Progressive is another word for the other and even though they are both on the left. With similar goals, we have different approaches in how to accomplish them. Liberals prefer to empower people to solve their own problems and empower them to become Self Sufficient. Progressives prefer to empower government to solve these problems for the people. Healthcare being an excellent example of this but there are other issues as well.

Liberals believe in things like Individual Liberty, Limited Government these are some things we have in common with Libertarians. Progressives tend to believe in Collectivism that we are all part of the same community. And one shouldn't be able to be more powerful then others. And that you need Big Government to ensure equality in society with high taxes and a Welfare State to ensure equality. Thats are main difference on Economic Policy. Thats exactly what its centered around, the Role of Government especially the Federal Government. And what size it should be and what it should be doing. Liberals tend to be realist and look at the World the way it is and try to make that World as best as it can. Progressives tend to be idealistic and look at the World the way they want it to be. Liberals tend to be more optimistic with a glass half full approach to the World. Progressives tend to be more pessimistic with a glass half empty approach to the World. I'll give you an example of this, when the Unemployment Rate fell to 8.2% in January. Liberals said look Unemployment is down to 8.2%, we are making progress. Progressives said we still have 8.2% Unemployment in America, thats too much. Both are right but with different analysis's.

Liberals and Progressives are both very similar on Social Issues but we are very different on Economic and Foreign Policy. Liberals believe in having a strong Private Sector and Free Enterprise System. Progressives believe in those things as well to a certain extent but would like to see everyone taxed much higher. With stronger regulations with the Federal Government providing a lot more Public Services. We are also different on Foreign Policy. Liberals tend to be internationalist and believing in strong defense. Progressives would like to cut the Defense Budget at least in half. And tend to be isolationist and pacifist. We have similar goals but different approaches to accomplishing these goals.

WMAR-TV: Report: Same-Sex Marriage bill Passes Maryland Senate: Maryland Becoming the Free State

Maryland’s State \nickname is the Free State. And to have a name like that for yourself to take that name and call yourself the Free State, to me at least as a Liberal, you have a lot to live up to. Because it suggests you believe that Marylanders should be free to live their own lives. And not have state restrictions on how you live your own lives. That we are a Free State with free adults, people who live their own lives. 
That big government is not in our bedrooms or wallets. As Barry Goldwater used to describe his own politics. That Marylanders would be able to live their own lives as they see fit. As long as they are not hurting anyone else with what they are doing. Maryland just took a big step today in becoming the Free State by the Senate passing the Same Sex Marriage bill. If you're a believer in individual liberty and limited government, as well as states rights, you don’t have a problem with same-sex marriage. 
Because unless you're gay yourself, it doesn’t effect you. And you believe the best government is the government thats closest to the people. And you don’t believe Uncle Sam should be telling states what laws they can and can’t pass, as long as they are within the U.S. Constitution. If you don’t believe in individual liberty, limited government and states Rights and you're a believer in what is called traditional values, then you would not only have  a problem with same-sex marriage. Even if states make this decision for themselves. 
That you believe government has a role in stopping people from living their own lives, if you don’t like how they live their own lives. Then you have a big problem with same-sex marriage. For Maryland to call itself the Free State, then it has to actually be that. Or Free State means nothing and it has to be a state where big government is out of our wallets and bedrooms.