A progressive isn’t simply a liberal. Liberal as a political identity is so 20th-century, so pragmatic, so Roosevelt-Clintonian. Liberals aren’t allowed to criticize each other apart from Democratic primaries, which all liberals vote in because liberals aren’t allowed to belong to other parties. But progressives pop up in all kinds of parties.
Liberalism has become a way of doing politics. It’s ceased being a real ethos or guiding light. Progressivism, it seems to me, has much more to do with articulating equal rights and equal protection for all.
Politico on the Gallup news that self-identification as “pro-choice” is at an all-time low.
Drilling down, we find that 52% of those polled do believe abortion should be legal in some circumstances, while 20% believe it should always be legal.
I’m not trying to be cute with words like “progressive.” I’ve said here before that I believe there are solid “pro-life” arguments to be made from the progressive ethos. As we clearly progress nationally on other issues (marriage equality, for one) I wonder what these numbers will look like a few years down the road.