Again I separate Progressivism from liberalism and the progressivism From Teddy Roosevelt in the early twentieth century all the way up through the 1950s up until John F. Kennedy is progressivism in it’s best form and classical form and I would argue in it’s only form. And the so-called Progressives of today that are part of the New-Left that emerged in the 1960s and 1970s as a response in favor of the civil-rights movement and the Great Society and of course against the Vietnam War, is a much different and more leftist movement.
But in the 1990s American-Liberalism made a comeback with Bill Clinton. And the McGovern wing of the Democratic Party was no longer in charge. And Clinton New Democrats were and the Democratic Party once again became about opportunity and freedom for all both economic and personal. Rather than being about the welfare state and government-dependence. As well as a country that could not only defend itself, but would do what it took to defend itself without trying to govern the world. Bill Clinton brought American liberalism back to life and made it a governing-philosophy again and perhaps saved the Democratic Party as well.