Americans Are Progressive

I posted this infomation already, but had the urge to put it into a note form. I cite figures from the Center for American Progress, regarding the political views of American people. 62% believe in government interventionism versus 35% who oppose it (p.35).1 65% beliieve in guaranteed health care, while 23% oppose it2, 76% support renewable energy, 11% oppose it 3, 74% want more education spending, 5% suggest it’s too much 4, 69% support international diplomacy and 11% think it’s not the best solution to encounter problems abroad. 5
This shift of people’s attitudes is extremely remarkable and can be attributed to to the rise of the millenial generation6, the increasing number of foreign-born citizens (including myself) and the fact that the majority is not exclusively white7, the diversification of religious affiliation 8, and the end of the traditional family combined with the enhanced opportunities for females 9 The change of demographics in favor of racial and religious minorities, and women, and the subsequent decline of conservative whites explains why more reform on behalf of those, who never fairly and justly exercised power to the extent of those already in power, is advocated.
The very fact that politics can change and that politicians must reflect the wish of its people forces lawmakers to adopt these ideas and translate them to concrete policies that are specifically working in favor of all people. Wrapped up in this conversation is the development of our political party system, consisting of Democrats and Republicans. Because the Republicans still embrace Reagan Conservatism it can be doubted that they will regain dominance any time soon. 10That, however, does not exclude their chances to haphazardly win an election inbetween.
Indeed, there has been widespread support of progressivism in the past, including the New Deal in the 1930s and afterwards, and the first progressivism at the turn of the 20th century. 11 But now is the time, as the great Martin Luther King Jr. said, to make real the promises of democracy. 12 Now is the time, to engage in changing America and molding a better future for later generations.
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1 p.35 "New Progressive America- Twenty Years of Demographic, Geographic, and Attitudinal Change Across the Country Herald a New Progressive Majority", see http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/2009/03/pdf/progressive_america.pdf
2 p.36 ibidem
3 p.38 ibidem
4 p.39 ibidem
5 p.42 ibidem
6 p.31-32 ibidem
7 p.32 ibidem
"
By 2050, about one in five Americans will be foreign born, up from one
in eight today.
"
The Census Bureau estimates that only 50% of all Americans in 2050 will be non-Hispanic white, read the article "In 2050, Half of U.S. Will Be People of Color" by Angela D. Johnson, October 11, 2006, see
http://www.diversityinc.com/public/311.cfm
8 p.32 ibidem
9 p.33-34 ibidem "At the same time, there has been a huge decline in the traditional gender role family, where the husband works and the wife keeps house. In 1972, 53 percent of all married couples fit that definition, but just 26 percent do today. And over the same time period, the proportion of married couples where both work outside the home has risen to 52 percent from 32 percent. Even among married couples with children, the traditional gender role family has declined to 32 percent from 60 percent, while the modern arrangement has increased to 62 percent from 33 percent"
10 I posted a lot of articles on the possible future of the American political party system with a weakening Republican party if no reform is targeted. I first and foremost refer to James Carville’s book "40 More Years: How the Democrats Will Rule the Next Generation" Simon&Schuster 2009, including two reviews on them, one by Ben Adler (
http://www.progressive.org/adler0609.html) the other by Amazon (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/product-description/1416569898/ref=dp_proddesc_0?ie=UTF8&n=283155&s=books).
I also refer to a New York Times article on Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama, entitled "Republicans Rethinking the Reagan Mystique" June 13, 2009 by John Harwood (see
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/14/weekinreview/14harwood.html?_r=1&scp=1&sq=&st=nyt). Finally, there is an article written by a GOP consultant, Mike Murphy, who claims that the Republican Party is endangered by failing to recognize the socio-demographic forces that bring about the popularity of progressivism. "For Republicans, the Ice Age Cometh" Time Magazine, June 22, 2009 (see http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1904136,00.html)
11 see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Progressivism_in_the_United_States and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Deal for more information.
12 The quote is derived from MLK’s "I have a dream" speech. I provide the full quote: We have also come to this hallowed spot to remind America of the fierce urgency of Now. This is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism. Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy. Now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation to the sunlit path of racial justice. Now is the time to lift our nation from the quicksands of racial injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood. Now is the time to make justice a reality for all of God’s children.
see
http://www.americanrhetoric.com/speeches/mlkihaveadream.htm
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