Thursday, April 17, 2008

Who is a progressive?

Who is a progressive?

A progressive is someone who is idealistic enough to believe that things can be better and pragmatic enough to get it done.
Last night, lifelong progressive Hillary Rodham Clinton said:

And it goes to this larger set of concerns about, you know, how we are going to run against John McCain. You know, I wish the Republicans would apologize for the disaster of the Bush-Cheney years and not run anybody, just say that it's time for the Democrats to go back into the White House. (Laughter, applause.)

Unfortunately, they don't seem to be willing to do that. So we know that they're going to be out there, full force.

Humor and realism: hallmarks of the most effective progressive politicians.

But politicians cannot bring about progressive change alone. They need more than a movement based on their own personalities or their own lives or even their own achievements. Behind them there must be organizations that research, educate, advocate, and act on behalf of progressivism, at home and abroad.

As noted in the sidebar of the blog, I will match funds donated to Senator Clinton here to the Center for American Progress , up to $1000. The donation will be made in honor of Taylor Marsh and her loyal audience, because the Center works to make sure people like Taylor can get heard. Here's some of Taylor's best recent work. If you already enjoy Taylor's blog, participating in the match will signal to the Center that you'd like to see them broadcast her, via the Center's inhouse radio facility

I have sponsored several matches during the primary campaign (I am "maxed-out" to Senator Clinton, and this is a way to give people a chance to double the value of their contributions). The donations come quicker when the organization or the cause is better known. But I'm sticking with this match - which so far has raised about $100 - because it is in keeping with the ideals of The Center and of Senator Clinton to use even a small podium to educate people about issues, causes, and institutions they might not otherwise know about. Consider the past year's media coverage of the Democratic presidential candidates and Senator Clinton in particular. During this election cycle we have seen and will see press bias against progressive candidates, particularly a woman running for the Presidency. But the problem is not limited to just this election cycle or coverage of Senator Clinton. Nor is it that any particular media outlet has a particular tilt. The problem is systematic and institutional. There are simply not enough self-proclaimed progressives with a medium for communicating. For example, try to find a progressive talk radio show. There are a few. Now, try to find a conservative one. They are all over the dial. Correcting the disparity is a priority for the Center for American Progress.

The Center for American Progress devotes time and effort to an amazing range of causes and initiatives. There's no other institution I know of that is quite like it. Take a look. If you like what you see, join the match.

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