June 21, 2005

The Progressive Promise

Congressional Progressive Caucus is going to unveil a set of goals to focus broadly on fostering economic justice, protecting and preserving civil liberties, promoting global security, universal healthcare, a balanced-budget amendment and the withdrawal of troops from Iraq.

Progressives to unveil 'core principles'
A group of House Democrats will unveil a set of goals dubbed "The Progressive Promise" next week in an effort to put liberal priorities higher on the Democratic agenda and offer an alternative to conservatives' vision of an "ownership society."
The announcement by the 57-member Congressional Progressive Caucus will join a cacophony of voices in the Democratic Party that have been pitching new ideas and approaches in the wake of losses at the polls in November.

It will also direct attention to the liberal members of the House, some of whom have felt sidelined as more centrist Democrats have chosen to side with Republican leadership on several issues.
In the Hill article notes there is tensions between so called 'Centrist' and liberal factions among House Democrats.
Tensions between centrist and liberal factions among House Democrats came to a head in April during a whip meeting in which progressives voiced their displeasure that centrists had worked with Republicans on the bankruptcy reform bill, a measure progressives have vehemently opposed. The bill passed with the support of 73 House Democrats.
The Progressive Caucus had been considering raising its profile long before the bankruptcy bill came up, but that disagreement -- especially the fact that centrists had urged House leadership to bring the bill to a vote without telling the rest of the party -- "lit the fuse," a House Democratic aide said. [..]

The New Democrat Coalition, a group of 42 centrists, has been constructing its own set of shared views, to emphasize initiatives in economic growth, national security and personal responsibility. The group held a brainstorming session two weeks ago to begin formulating ideas for its centrist agenda. That process is expected to take at least three months.

Progressives are moving much more quickly to formulate their agenda and plan to have it ready for an event next Tuesday. They are expected to be joined at the event by representatives of various liberal organizations, including, potentially, Progressive Democrats of America, the Institute for Policy Studies, Peace Action, National Priorities Project, Jobs with Justice and The Nation magazine.
Rep. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) come to the defense of progressives politics versus the politics of centrism.
I am a progressive because that is what I believe at my core. It is not some position of convenience to be shed the next time some Washington wonk decides it's more advantageous to be a centrist. And in my experience, voters are much more sophisticated in being able to spot insincerity than those inside the Beltway give them credit for. When American people believe someone is truly fighting for them and their families, they respond. It's time to end the mixed messages and recommit ourselves to creating an economy that works for all Americans.
Go read the whole post by Rep Bernie Sanders at TPMCafe .

I am with Rep. Bernie Sanders it is time to stand up and fight for the American families. The Progressive Promise is just the start.

(Hap Tip to Sirotablog)


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