(quote) Peter-449116 said: Most libs that I know (including relatives) prefer to use the term 'progressive,' because of the bad smell associated with 'liberal.' The arrogance of using the word is obvious. We conservatives must therefore be 'regressive' ~ opposed to what they define as progress. You've heard Democrats call Republicans obstructionist. This strategy has obviously worked with the blissfully ignorant in our population.
I would hesitate to call them "progressive" without adding a few qualifying words.
Progressive. Perhaps, I would use it more as a verb than a noun:
> Progressing toward Socialism.
> Progressing toward abortion on demand and at a whim.
> Progressing toward total dependence of the individual on the government.
> Progressing, even more quickly than the Republicans, toward financial debt and collapse.
> Progressing toward total government control over the health care and health "insurance" of every American.
> Progressing toward the obsessive-compulsive-intrusive government nanny-government (e.g. Bloomberg of NY; the CA state legislature).
> Progressing toward equal results, not equal opportunity.
> Progressing toward willful destruction of the family.
> Progressing so that a girl can get an abortion without parental consent... but not an aspirin.
> Progressing toward "No tolerance policies" which tend to relieve the authorities of having to use any sound judgement or discretion.
> Progressing toward government determining how someone is allow to practice their religious faith.
> Progressing toward giving up on personal responsibility.
> Progressing toward mandatory, government controlled health care rationing.
> Etc., etc.
I have run out of words and my fingers are tired. In these ways, I suppose liberals are progressive.