Friday, August 19, 2005

Another Contributor

It is my pleasure to announce another contributor will be joining CTTC for occasional musings. Conrad Spencer is a friend, a colleague and a smirky progressive -- all of which makes him a decent fit for this here blog. Please make Conrad feel at home; he's been a little bit shy ever since the tractor "incident."

7 Comments:

At 4:50 PM, Blogger Dr. Pants said...

Yeah, nobody likes getting herpes from riding a tractor. Thank God his boyfriend was there to explain it to him.

 
At 10:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Progressive" -- now that's funny. Not ha-ha funny, but smelly funny. Gamey, even. Not so much Marx brothers, as Karl Marx.

It's the new label by which liberals wish to describe themselves, now that most Americans know what liberal really means.

There's nothing "progressive" about socialism, however. It's perhaps one of the most regressive worldviews going, since it's already been repudiated by a 70-year experiment gone wrong.

If you're on the wrong road, "progressing" down it is the worst thing you can do....

 
At 11:00 AM, Blogger Dr. Pants said...

Wow, not to get into a debate on a "welcome to the group" post, but I think it's asinine to dismiss all aspects of socialism because a corrupt government couldn't make it work.

Generally, I've found people who want to talk about the evils of socialism are trying to find a politically correct way of saying that welfare, unemployment and charity should be outlawed, but don't want to sound like heartless bastards.

As for the term progressive, I like to think it means that person, group or party are looking to create change for the better through new ideas, rather than sitting in the stagnant waters of relexive politics, waiting to die of old age and disease.

Nobody wants to run down the wrong path with scissors, but to move the right way tomorrow away from today's mistakes.

And you can call me a liberal any time you want.

 
At 11:05 AM, Blogger Chase McInerney said...

Yeah, Pants, I was somewhat struck by the weird political diatribe in the midst of a "new contributor" post. I suspect, like most things in life, the guy's unprovoked rant comes down to penis envy.

 
At 3:24 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Once again, Chase scores a victory for subtlety!

The size of one's genitalia aside, it's obvious that this guy was simply another conservative freak - nothing more than a fascist thug who hates women, children and animals and cares absolutely nothing about the future of our planet. And I'm not exaggerating. I think we can all safely make those assumptions about conservatives after watching their behavior for the past four years.

Socialism? I say we could all use a healthy dose, especially in the wasteland of Jesusland, where too many have tanked up on Bible-laced opium for the masses.

Progressives care. It's that simple. That's why we're called progressive. We care about the future -- and if socialism is a way to achieve social justice, bring it on!

 
At 10:40 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let's take a clue straight from the "movement" itself.

From Moveon.org's website:

"We're supporting Bernie Sanders' effort to take his progressive politics to the Senate, after serving 7 terms in the House."

Bernie Sanders is an "independent" -- but anyone being intellectually honest would agree he's nothing if not a socialist.

His own website lists the book, "Making History in Vermont: The Election of a Socialist to Congress" by Steven Rosenfeld, 1992, as a biographical source about the man.

"Progressive" = Socialist

Socialist = Utopian

Utopian = Failure, death, tyranny

If the connections strike you as abhorrent, don't blame the messenger.

 
At 1:39 PM, Anonymous Progressive Oklahoman said...

I like the term "progressive" because to me it equals "reasonable" rather than ideology-based, whether that ideology is knee-jerk conservative or knee-jerk liberal. I want our society and our country and our government and our planet to get better. I want to make progress rather than call other people names. And I think that we should open our minds to every avenue to achieve that progress and be logical and reasoned in our approach. And we should have the courage to evaluate our behaviors, admit shortcomings and errors, and change when we need to. It just happens that the Bush administration and the current Republicans are opposed to this approach, and so progressive means much more liberal right now. That could change in the future.

 

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