2014: The year of the progressive?

Is progressivism on the rise in the United States? With Wednesday’s inauguration of New York City’s self-described ‘progressive’ Mayor Bill de Blasio now complete, the Real News panel discusses what it means for the rest of the country. Does de Blasio’s landslide victory mark the resurgence of progressivism in America and a turn toward a ‘true left’ for the Democratic party? The panel discusses:

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  • Bonnie Somer

    I DON’T THINK SO THE QUES TO ASK IS DO MOST PEOPLE KNOW WHAT IT IS? THAT IS A GOOD QUES . WHAT IS THE ANS? THESE PEOPLE WANT COMMUNISM AND OWNERSHIP OF US THE INDIVIDUAL THEY WANT TO TELL U WHAT TO DO AND HOW WHAT TO THINK OWN WHERE U GO AND GENERALLY RUN UR LIFE THAT IS NOT WHO AMERICANS ARE. I PRAY THAT PEOPLE WAKE UP SOON 2014 IS COMING AND WE HAVE A CHANCE I TALK TO PEOPLE EVERYDAY AND DE BLASIO, OBAMA, SCHUMER ALL THE DEM COMMIES AND GLOBALISTS ARE DANGEROUS TO LIBERTY AND FREEDOM AND MUST BE STOPPED. THEY LIE AND DECEIVE U MUST DO UR HOMEWORK

  • Terence Sommer

    I believe that when America watches NY’s major demise about to come up shortly, a lot of people will rebel against the likes of Hillary, Bill, and the new mayor. It will all look very, very unattractive.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V8FvmesaxXg Sam Fisher

    I have to disagree. From what I been seeing in the polls more people have been waking up to the fact that big government does not work well. 73% of this country sees it. I think it will be a good year to get some Conservative voices in Washington and for the politicians to do what they do best pretend they are for smaller government to save their own rears until the political seesaw swings back their way.

  • Anonymous

    2 posts. Is Glenn’s site all but dead?

  • Anonymous

    I agree with you based on the public reaction mainly to the ACA website problems and its implication of government’s inability to properly execute implementation projects. I don’t think tea-party types will win. A Christie-like candidate may.

  • Anonymous

    YES 2014 it is going to be the Year of The Progressive or if you prefer Liberals look around you Bill de Blasio in NYC, Alan Grayson and Debbie Wasserman Schultz in Congress, on the Senate Side Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren. The main reason for this push is the Republicans that call for Voter ID Laws where there is no evidence of voter fraud , Attacking the poor (SNAP Benefits, Unemployment, Insurance, Hiking the Minimum Wage, Immigration Reform, ) This is do in large part the Republican Party’s doing I don’t agree with most Republican Political positions but they have allowed The Crazy Wingnut’s to take over the party Michelle Bachmann, Louie Gohmert, Ted Cruz, Ted Poe, Mike Lee, Paul Brown this people are Bat Shit Crazy they don’t believe in Evolution, Man Made Global Warming, They believe the earth is 6,000 year old and that a woman was literally made from the rib of a man come on WTF you can have Religion and Science live side by side but these people don/,t In Closing It’s about time The Progress Liberal Movement is making inroads if we were to take control of The House, The Senate and The White House this country will move forward and not back to the 18th century were the Tea Party wants to exist

  • Anonymous

    I hope you are right.

  • Anonymous

    Not a chance

  • BlueMN

    2014? No, too many Gerrymandered GOP seats still out there and it’s an off Presidential election year so the cycle will probably swing towards moderate Republicans. It’ll come, not soon enough though!

    One thing for sure is the Tea Party is all but dead, the GOP has had it with their shenanigans and will push them aside after the election, or maybe even sooner.

  • Anonymous

    It may be that NYC is hurtling down the slippery slope. I don’t rejoice when I see where they are headed. That being said, I have zero sympathy and zero patience for them.

  • Anonymous

    LOL! How does it smell way up there?

  • Anonymous

    Chris Christie is Barack Obama with a fat suit on and makeup.

  • Anonymous

    I’d bet he only won the election with the normal voter fraud the Democrats always use!

  • Anonymous

    garak99, you need to search on yourtube for a Democrat made video called, “We will not be silenced” about the voter fraud that went on between Obama and Hillary in the Democratic Caucus; in 2008 and then talk about no fraud being found. You can bet Obama has only won elections since then the same way he won the Democratic nomanation the first time!

  • landofaahs

    “Progressive” implies new enlightened thinking. Abortion is thousands of years old. Socialism has been tried over and over again and has failed every time. Free lifestyles were practiced in Sodom and Gomorrah. How did that work out? If we stayed with the original constitution we would not have the problems we do today. The problems came along when we abandoned the principles of responsibility for ones own actions. So lets start calling this democrat crap what it is; “REGRESSIVE”. Been there done that.

  • Anonymous

    It usually .0001% and if you believe Obama won because of Voter Fraud then I would say syop going to Tea Party Rallies and Stop watching FOX News

  • Anonymous

    Most New Jersey residents, democrats and republicans, love Christie. The reality, which many conservatives don’t like to admit, is that a more centrist figure like Christie would have a much better chance at election than a far right candidate like Rand Paul or Ted Cruz. Conservatives say, “Oh, if republicans just held the conservative line and united, they’d win”. Bull. There’s a reason Ryan and Boehner are moving left.

  • Anonymous

    With all due respect, I think you are wrong. If you are correct, then our existance as a free people is finished. The government will continue to encroach on every aspect of our lives until you cannot sneese incorrectly without facing jail time. If any organization has the right to tell you where you will live, what you will eat, where you will work, and how much you will be paid, then you are its physical peoperty. In some social circles, that is called slavery. I will not comply.

  • Anonymous

    I am a NJ resident I can’t stand Christie he is no different than the Tea Party Wingnuts he is against workers, unions, Teachers, The poor.Depending on how the investigation of the closing of 3 George Washington Bridge lanes in September Christie may be applying for as a janitor over at News Corp cleaning toilets for Hannity and O’Reilly and that would be AWESOME

  • Sea Rock

    2014: The year of the progressive?

    “Agenda 21″ The UN’s diabolical plan for the world is explained on the “Glenn Beck Show” / As posted at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=esJY2SK_4tE

    … wasn’t 20– …. the year of the — ? ….

    … “With Wednesday’s inauguration of New York City’s self-described ‘progressive’ Mayor Bill de Blasio” …

    A Mayoral Hopeful Now, de Blasio Was Once a Young Leftist By JAVIER C. HERNÁNDEZ Published: September 22, 2013

    As posted at: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/23/nyregion/a-mayoral-hopeful-now-de-blasio-was-once-a-young-leftist.html?pagewanted=all&_r=1&

    … “Bill de Blasio, then 26, went to Nicaragua to help distribute food and medicine in the middle of a war between left and right. But he returned with something else entirely: a vision of the possibilities of an unfettered leftist government” …

    Miskitos and Sandinistas As posted at: http://www.columbia.edu/~lnp3/mydocs/indian/miskitos.htm

    At first blush, it would seem that the Sandinistas and the Miskitos would be natural allies. One of the central Sandinsta leaders was Ernesto Cardenal … Jaime Wheelock, another Sandinista leader, had written a book called “Indigenous Roots of Anti-colonial Struggle in Nicaragua.” His goal was to show that Indians had resisted the Spaniard invasion for centuries. The passive native was a racist myth …

    ON 13, SANDINISTAS VS. MISKITOS By JOHN CORRY Published: July 29, 1986

    As posted at: http://www.nytimes.com/1986/07/29/movies/on-13-sandinistas-vs-miskitos.html

    ”NICARAGUA WAS OUR HOME” accuses the Nicaraguan Government of a calculated brutalization of the Miskito Indians, and rebuts the notion that the Sandinistas, idealistic revolutionaries, pursue peace and justice for all people. The documentary, on Channel 13 at 11 o’clock tonight, suggests, in fact, that they are thugs …

    … so what do you think Bill de Blasio is? … Ernesto “Che” Guevara? …

    “We’re going to do for blacks exactly what blacks did for the revolution. By which I mean: nothing.” -Che Guevera

    “The Negro is indolent and lazy, and spends his money on frivolities, whereas the European is forward-looking, organized and intelligent.”- Che Guevara

    “Mexicans are a band of illiterate Indians.” – Che Guevara

    “Given the prevailing lack of discipline, it would have been impossible to use Congolese machine-gunners to defend the base from air attack: they did not know how to handle their weapons and did not want to learn,” – Che Guevara

    Che Guevara also railed against “long hairs,” “lazy youths,” and homosexuals.

    … we’ll see …

  • Anonymous

    Communists such as yourself should be drawn and quartered and left out to the dogs.

  • Anonymous

    We will get to watch the rich leave New York and all the poor trash it the same as Detroit

  • Crassus

    First Cleveland then Detroit. That’s what New York will become. Have fun. You voted for Communism and now you’ve got it.

  • Anonymous

    Love him or hate him, Christie smoked his gubernatorial competition, especially with independents. But when comes to presidential polls, Clinton beats Christie every time. Still, my point is that a Republican centrist has a better chance of winning election then an far right conservative.

  • Anonymous

    Benshivd I’m Kinky but not that Kinky – How about instead of name calling and violence have a social debate. I’m not Communist BTW just a Liberal with Socialist Leanings

  • Charles Hurst

    2013 was the first giant victory the Marxist has had in a hundred years in terms of redistributing the wealth. Places like NY just continue to erode. In 1913 the progressive tax was implemented. Blood should have been spilled over that. If they really wanted to make it fair it should have been a flat tax for all. And that does mean for all. But in 1913 was the first redistribution. You made more then you were robbed of it to pay for someone else.

    2013 it was ACA. Again one man pays for another. If you truly want this to go
    away then no one should comply. No matter what. I’ll go to fee for service docs or a foreign country if I have to. I will not participate in Marxism. I will not hand over my information to the U.S Government.

    And the bottom line is Barry believes in the entitlement mentality. I
    worked as a provider for 13 years. There are a few exceptions but the
    Medicaid patient is the largest abuser in the system. The “chronic pain”
    patient who is constantly in the ER at our cost. What do they care,
    they aren’t paying for it. You can’t fix this patient because this type
    of patient is a professional victim, usually disabled at 45 due to
    obesity or whatever array of “social anxiety disorders” that excuse them
    from work. If Barry was really interested in fairness he would have
    reduced the Medicaid benefits–dramatically. Keeping them for the truly
    disabled and developing much tighter standards on who we deem cannot
    hold a job of any kind.

    But a Marxist isn’t really interested in fair. I’ve written extensively about the mindset–based on history. The Marxist is interested in propagation of professional victim hood. The more entitled it produces (ie expanded Medicaid) the more government not only controls but has excuse to rob the producer. Right down to a
    contraceptive payment. Classic Karl strategy that the almighty Progressive denies so adamantly. If we continue this course, my fiction will become a reality. And our nation will fall. Don’t agree with me Mr.Progressive? That’s ok.

    Because history does.

    Charles Hurst. Author of THE SECOND FALL. An offbeat story of Armageddon. And creator of THE RUNNINGWOLF EZINE

  • Anonymous

    I don’t agree that rate of regulations instated only increases with time. There are plenty of examples of regulation that has been lifted, eg, Glass–Steagall (lifting it was a huge mistake), drug laws are loosening, the ban on assault rifles was lifted in 2004, Obama signed two expansionary gun laws. There are many more examples of lowering regulations. The number of regulations approved per year since 1994 is between 228 to 371. Obama averages about 290, which is not the deluge of regulations far right conservatives would have you believe.

  • russell zinter

    the people like you are the reason america is almost a third world country. you spout off like you think you have some brains, but ignorance is bliss isn’t it

  • Anonymous

    Detroit is what happens when you spend more than you bring in revenue. We need to start bringing in revenue equal to what we spend

  • Anonymous

    A well organized group that portrayed political parties as gangs and politicians as gangsters and could do so in fact based argument without the labels and name calling is really the only chance of beating Christie in a presidential race. People need to realize the bosses have been running the political campaign this entire time to have Christie elected and have done a great job, being that is going to be the platform he runs on. Not against government, against parties and politicians. A fresh face not involved with government the last many years with a platform to deliver a solid message down the middle to the middle. Remember all sides use the same trick of picking the crazies from the bunch and somehow making them speak for the bunch. You must be willing to play offense against everyone.

    I doubt either side will be able to mount an organized effort solid enough to do the job but it’s always fun to think about. Either way rest assured a police state with horrible, almost not existent economic management will surely collapse itself given enough time.

  • Anonymous

    Dude!

    Read the hate and aggression on the posts above. These are the posts of a defeated people. Leave them alone for a couple years.

    People beliefs come mostly from life experiences and I can’t imagine what many on these people blogging have been through over the last decade, but it’s those experiences that create these beliefs. Well, gotta get ready for fishing :)

    -A Real Socialist

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V8FvmesaxXg Sam Fisher

    I don’t know about that.

  • ken.

    2014: the year of the revolution! or the end freedom.

  • Anonymous

    As a progressive, there is nothing better in life than to come home from work, put a how towel over my face, kick my feet up, enjoy a cold glass of Fernet, and listen to this.

  • Anonymous

    I’d love to buy you a drink.

    This isn’t even, like, your opinion, man. It’s just the way things are.

  • jeff.cox

    It’s a tragedy and one of the reasons this country is falling so far behind the rest of the world in education and in the sciences that there are as many people as there are who think this kind of gobbledegook makes any kind of analytical sense. It’s nothing more than a fuzzy-minded label slinging contest. It means nothing and doesn’t apply to anything.

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  • russellmuscle1

    Hilary does well in polling now, but we’ve all seen her campaign before. I think people like Hilary, because of Bill. Remember, we all watched her get beaten by a guy that came out of nowhere, had no experience and to beat all……a fairly shady past of running with sketchy people. I don’t think Hilary has that great of a chance against somebody as charismatic and sincere as Christie. I agree with you Landree, it doesn’t do much good to hold your principles if you can’t get a person in office to put them into action. Yeah, Christie does cross the line a lot, but he represents a state full of Democrats. That’s what I like about Christie, he does what his people would want him to do…….isn’t that what we believe, that they work for us?

  • russellmuscle1

    So, in your mind, at no point does one ever consider trying to……I don’t know, watch the money a little? Do you live this way? Do you just figure, “oh, I’ll just borrow some money off of mom, or run up another credit card”. You know that isn’t sustainable. You know better, you have to. Look at that place, look at the poverty and the despair. You really think that those people have any money to give? Do you really that the government should take as much as they want, and do whatever the hell they want with it, no matter how obnoxious or absurd, when people are suffering?

  • russellmuscle1

    Why the hot towel?

  • russellmuscle1

    Yeah, enjoy that while it lasts Eric. In case you haven’t noticed, Americans don’t tend to keep one party in power for a long time. No matter how bad you think that the GOP has screwed up………well, look at how many times the Dems lost the presidential election after Carter. So, you want to talk about defeat? Let’s see…….2 terms Reagan, 1 term Bush, 2 terms Clinton, 2 terms Bush……so, between Carter and Obama, it was 5 GOP terms to two. Republicans will be back in soon, that’s just a fact.

  • russellmuscle1

    Well you should stop listening to Glenn Beck, sucker.

  • russellmuscle1

    Of course it isn’t “the year of the progressive”. That was 2008 and it’s come and gone. Just because New York elected a socialist doesn’t mean it’s “the year of the progressive”.

  • russellmuscle1

    Nah, they’ll probably like him. What we need to do is to invite all those wallstreet fat cats and rich folks to the red states, we’ll love them here. They can pay (less tax of course) to keep our cities nice.

  • The Beech Bums

    Since a free nation cannot eliminate discontent due to envy, if we are to preserve liberty, we must not sanction envy with “social justice”.

  • Anonymous

    Feels good, man.

  • Anonymous

    Your analysis isn’t exactly empirical.

  • Anonymous

    Bravo, sir!

  • Anonymous

    I thought you guys didn’t believe in polls.

  • Anonymous

    Well, what’s likely to happen is when (not if) the eastern seaboard is hit by another hurricane, the GOP will crumble under its own weight of anti-intellectualism and hyper-religiosity.

  • Anonymous

    People are slowly realizing that the political process is all about negotiation. If we don’t have politicians that understand what is achievable and are excellent negotiators, then we don’t have the right politicians. Regarding Hillary, the last time she ran, people remembered that she stepped out of bounds of her role as first lady regarding health care, which they didn’t like. They disrespected her forgiveness of Bill’s sex scandal. But, New Yorkers re-elected her as senator, which is positive. I believe Secretary of State is the hardest job in government, and she got high marks there too. While Clinton didn’t have any landmark achievements, she certainly proved herself as a quick-witted tough negotiator with the Chinese and others and a very savvy diplomat. Watch her in hearings on any almost any subject and you’ll hear highly informed and thoughtful responses. She’s seen it all and people will remember that instead of the old impression next time around.

  • Anonymous

    If there was such a thing as a cyber drink, I’d throw one back with ya.

  • Anonymous

    I thought I said that “You bring in revenue (taxes) equal to what you spend”

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V8FvmesaxXg Sam Fisher

    Oh HA HA!

  • landofaahs

    I finally figured out why they are called progressives. Wherever these socialist/commie/liberal/democrat types take over, that place progressively turns into a sh-t hole. Sorry for the language but the description must match the truth.

  • fire lion

    Year of the progressive? According to the local wingnuts here progressivism has been destroying the world since the flood.

  • fire lion

    Jesus was the first progressive.

  • Hitched

    Knowledge is power. Spread yours: http://www.savageleft.com/resources/beacon.html