Friday, November 27, 2009

What does the term "progressive" mean?

It is quite customary for people leaning to the left to utilize self-congratulating names to describe their political views. One of terms which is being recently used is "progressive", which denotes a set of left-wing to extremely left-wing sets of assumptions and ideas. In reality, of course, left-wing ideology is just as "progressive" as communist regimes were "people's democracies" or "people's republics".

In general, it is amusing how many benign code words, or self-congratulatory terms are in use today. In reality, one cannot even guess what these words mean without sufficient background. Most of the terms came from the left, since there is no need for the right to mask their ideas. The readers are free to add more terms.

Left-wing Terms
Affirmative Action ("politically correct" discrimination of people based on skin color, ethnicity, gender and sexual preferences)
Social Security (compulsory government pension system)
Progressive (left-wing)
Pro-choice (pro-abortion)
New Deal (left-wing)
Medicare (compulsory government insurance for the elederly)
Welfare (handouts for the poor)
Housing Projects (subsidized housing)
Liberation Theology (marxism-leninism)
Multi-culturism (all cultures are better than the Western culture)
Diversity (normally means that people of politically-correct racial groups are present)
Inclusive (left-wing)
Crisis (situation which is not the left-wing liking)
Solution (a policy which the left-wingers like)
Social Justice (liberals divide other people's property as they see fit)
Fairness Doctrine (government decides how the media presents the views)
The Employee Free Choice Act (giving more power to the union goons to force workers to join the labor unions by getting rid of secret ballots)
Insensitive (a term used to describe the views which are factually correct, but offend the liberals)

Right-wing Terms
Patriot Act (exanding the power of the government to combat terrorism)


Anonymous said...

Hello from a NJ Detective who recently visited Maui

I have an uncomfortable feeling that this prosperity isn't something on which we can base our hopes for the future. No nation in history has ever survived a tax burden that reached a third of its national income.

Not too long ago, two friends of mine were talking to a Iraqi refugee, a businessman who had escaped from Saddem, and in the midst of his story one of my friends turned to the other and said, "We don't know how lucky we are." And the Iraqi stopped and said, "How lucky you are? I had someplace to escape to." And in that sentence he told us the entire story. If we lose freedom here, there's no place to escape to. This is the last stand on earth.

Hyphenated American said...

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BTW, you are absolutely correct in your comment. We are all lucky US, the last shining city on the hill exists.

Hyphenated American