Archives for the month of: July, 2017
pro·gres·sive
prəˈɡresiv/
adjective
  1. 1.
    happening or developing gradually or in stages; proceeding step by step.
    “a progressive decline in popularity”
    synonyms: continuing, continuous, increasing, growing, developing, ongoing, accelerating, escalating; 
  2. 2.
    (of a group, person, or idea) favoring or implementing social reform or new, liberal ideas.
    “a relatively progressive governor”
noun
  1. 1.
    a person advocating or implementing social reform or new, liberal ideas.
    synonyms: innovatorreformerreformistliberallibertarian

    “he is very much a progressive”
  2. 2.
    GRAMMAR
    a progressive tense or aspect.
    “the present progressive”

con·serv·a·tive
kənˈsərvədiv/
adjective
  1. 1.
    holding to traditional attitudes and values and cautious about change or innovation, typically in relation to politics or religion.
    synonyms: traditionalisttraditionalconventionalorthodoxold-fashioned, dyed-in-the-wool, hideboundunadventurous, set in one’s ways;
noun
  1. 1.
    a person who is averse to change and holds to traditional values and attitudes, typically in relation to politics.
    synonyms: right-wingerreactionaryrightistdiehard

 

The United States needs both. It certainly can not allow itself to stagnate, or fail to continuously evolve. Progressives, aid in the growth and development of the U.S. The U.S. also needs to embrace and maintain its own identity in the world. That is where the conservatives come in.

I’ll use a Korean period, to show an example of progressive wisdom: There is a Korean drama, that takes place during the Joseon period. The name of the drama is, Tree With Deep Roots.

tree with deep roots

King Sejong is a celebrated Korean ruler who can literally say he invented the alphabet. He was also one of two rulers in the country’s history awarded the titles “the Great.” Sejong the Great was the fourth king of the Joseon Dynasty, and ruled from 1418 – 1450.Mar 12, 2011

The Man Who Created the Korean Alphabet – Rosemont, CA Patch

If King Sejong hadn’t been a progressive (of course, at the time, he surely didn’t think in terms of being a progressive or conservative), the Korean alphabet may not have come into being. He met a lot of resistance. There were those who would kill him, and attempted just that. You see, the nobles of the time, felt that allowing the masses to read and write using this alphabet, would adversely effect their rank and power. It had something to do with the nobles knowing the Chinese characters which elevated them above the rank of the masses.

An American example of progressiveness can be traced back to the founding of the U.S. -The drafting of the declaration of independence. I believe that the United States is the offspring of Great Britain. Great Britain didn’t know it at the time, but that country is the parent to the United States. The coming into being of the United States was an evolutionary process, with its roots in Great Britain. That is why the bond between the United States and Great Britain should never be broken.

On June 11, 1776, Congress appointed a “Committee of Five” to draft a declaration, consisting of John Adams of Massachusetts,Benjamin Franklin of Pennsylvania, Thomas Jefferson of Virginia,Robert R. Livingston of New York, and Roger Sherman of Connecticut.

authors of declaration of independencehistorum.com

I wrote this because I found myself disliking progressives, because of the negative talk in the media about progressives. Then, I remembered some positive outcomes that were due to progressives. I do not know where this country will go from here. I just believe that the world needs progressives. As noted above, they may not always be met with open arms.

 

 

 

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so·cial·ism
[ˈsōSHəˌlizəm]

NOUN
a political and economic theory of social organization that advocates that the means of production, distribution, and exchange should be owned or regulated by the community as a whole.
synonyms: leftism · welfarism · radicalism · progressivism · social democracy · communism · Marxism · labor movement
policy or practice based on the political and economic theory of socialism.
synonyms: leftism · welfarism · radicalism · progressivism · social democracy · communism · Marxism · labor movement
(in Marxist theory) a transitional social state between the overthrow of capitalism and the realization of communism.

 

Fox news was on the street asking ordinary people if they know what socialism means. I guess some people think they like socialism. One of the news-castors said that, at least they knew what socialism is. I don’t believe that is true. Listening to these people, I came to a conclusion – All these people are thinking, is what many of the masses think when they hear socialism – They think they will get some money out of it, or have an easier life. Read the whole definition, above. The ideology of socialism goes much deeper than that. If they truly understood socialism, I don’t believe they would like it. Their freedoms, and standard of living would actually take a big plunge.

Of course, there are some who live in utter  poverty and/or are homeless, with a very poor standard of living to begin with. They might believe that Jail or prison is a step up for them (“3 hots and a cot”).  When you think of conditions in the jails and prisons, that probably is not actually the case (at least they are free, and it is almost never too late to work toward improving things) – that is a different discussion, though.

churchill quote on socialism

 

col·lu·sion
[kəˈlo͞oZHən]

NOUN
secret or illegal cooperation or conspiracy, especially in order to cheat or deceive others:
“the armed forces were working in collusion with drug traffickers” · [more]
synonyms: conspiracy · connivance · complicity · intrigue · plotting · secret understanding · collaboration · scheming
law
illegal cooperation or conspiracy, especially between ostensible opponents in a lawsuit.

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What were some of those examples again?

“the armed forces were working in collusion with drug traffickers”  – “collusion between media owners and political leaders”

What is one of the good sounding synonyms?: collaboration – Of course a person could even spin this, with the following: “traitorous cooperation with an enemy.” — Well, good luck with that. Ha!

Let me change one of the above examples to: President Trump is working in collusion with the Russians – What would this mean, really? It could mean something beneficial, or it could mean something negative.

The people doing the accusing ought to be specific. I believe every president colluded with leaders of other nations.

It appears, as often happens, some people went off half cocked. Frankly, that has always been annoying. Do the homework, and get the facts straight, before moving forward. A lot of times, thinking things through, will stop whatever it is, that was being planned; simply because, it is found out that there is nothing to go on. Things are often not as they appear, on the surface. I believe that is what has made the media look bad, lately. In the fervor to get the story out, they get over-zealous and don’t look beneath the surface (they don’t do a thorough investigation) of something that, otherwise, looks negative or wrong.

spectrumWow and Yikes!. Spectrum Cable just doesn’t want to work with us. Now they want approximately $5.00 a month for each digital adaptor, in the house. Good grief. The adaptor is needed to be able to receive the service, on our televisions. That seems like extorted pricing to me. If they are needed to be able to use the service, and they gave the adaptors out when they went digital, isn’t it wrong to start charging now?

We called Spectrum to try to get a cheaper package – Believe it or not, the person checked on what he could do for us; then, came back with a $175.00 package. Hello! We told him we needed money taken off, not added on. The cheapest package they have is only $12.00 less than what we are paying, and doesn’t include the few channels we actually watch!

We asked the service guy, about the current offers on their website. Well, that doesn’t apply to us, because we are an existing customer. We would have to cancel Spectrum for at least 30 days, to be considered new customers (at least he gave us some potentially useful information, on that).

We used to be able to negotiate with Time Warner. Spectrum is too rigid, and doesn’t seem to care about its existing customers.

What say you.