Monday, December 27, 2010

Dangerous Intersection: Progressives need a story

Erich Vieth | December 27, 2010

In the January 3, 2011 edition of The Nation, Eric Alterman argues that conservatives have a story and progressives do not.
[I]f you ask most Americans what conservatives believe will fix whatever is wrong with America at any given time, they can give you a simple, coherent response: lower taxes, less government, more “freedom.” It may be wrong. It may benefit only the rich. But it is easy to understand and repeat, particularly when billions of dollars have been invested to make it appear plausible.… Liberals do not appear to address potential solutions with anything like the far right’s aura of God-given self-confidence.

What could the progressive story be?

it should center around the expansion of the middle class, international peace, improved education and opportunity for the middle class America, a right-sized government that can control the deficit and a democratic approach to big national issues like health care and senior care. 

The government should should use pragmatism to  improve the country, not ideology. There should be the recognition that Americans must be competitive to maintain its "exceptionalism.

Indeed, Americans need more freedom that has both an economic and political basis. There should be a recognition that our history is based on the efforts of both the government and private enterprise.


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