Thursday, June 14, 2007

The Progressive Majority

Ever since Reagan, Conservatives have been only too happy to tell us that American is a Conservative country. On every major and almost every minor media outlet of any kind, Conservatives control the majority of the message, and that message usually involves relegating Liberals, Democrats, and Progressives to a small fringe group of flag-burning, gay-marrying, troop-hating, blame-America-first Communists. Heck, even I have my Conservative leanings (regular readers of Idiolexicon know I can't stomach deficit spending, and think goverment should provide and fully fund infrastructure first, followed by police/fire and rescue, education, and healthcare/social security, and whoever spends a cent of my tax dollars on anything other than that should be jailed for treason. Regular readers also know about my quasi-insane ship-the-homeless-to-Mexico plan, too, but that's a debate for another day.)

Having said all that, I consider myself to be 90% Progressive, and a new broad study of the American people jointly written and researched by The Campaign for America's Future and Media Matters for America, shows that in the United States, that puts my squarely in the main stream. The study, entitled America's Progressive Majority, shows that clear majorities of American citizens support an active government, universal health care, strong unions, stem cell research, a woman's right to choose, environmental protections, equal rights for gays and lesbians, and rolling back tax cuts and payouts to corporations.

This goes right to the heart of the Conservative media and the Republican noise machine. It reinforces the argument that Conservaties drive down voter turnout to win elections and buy media outlets to get their Oligarchist ideas across, because if Democracy ran its course fairly, they wouldn't be able to exert control over the branches of government like they do today. It's worth a read, and it's worth reasoning the results of this comprensive report out to its fullest conclusions.

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