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Forward to What, Democrats?

Half-Smart Wrote: Sep 12, 2012 9:14 AM
Jonah Goldberg, et al... ...everyone... Get this clue. Get it right. Say it right. It is NOT Democrat-IC Party,.. it is... Democrat Party --FACT: They are NOT "democrat-ic"! ... but they ARE Social-ist-ic

"Forward" is a perfectly appropriate slogan for progressives.

Progress suggests forward or upward motion. That's why revolutionaries and radicals as well as liberal incrementalists have always embraced some derivation of the forward trope. So ingrained are these directional concepts in our political language, we often forget they are mere geographic metaphors applied -- and often misapplied -- to policy disputes.

For instance, some on the left might see enrolling more people on food stamps as a step in the right direction, moving us "forward" to a more generous and all-encompassing welfare state. But other self-described progressives might see a swelling of...