Are Progressives Regressive?

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I read an article yesterday written by a progressive. It was about whether to vote for Obama in 2012. I got the impression that the author intended to vote progressive under any circumstances.

So, I decided to look up Progressive.


    adj \prə-ˈgre-siv\

    Definition of PROGRESSIVE


    a: of, relating to, or characterized by progress b: making use of or interested in new ideas, findings, or opportunities c: of, relating to, or constituting an educational theory marked by emphasis on the individual child, informality of classroom procedure, and encouragement of self-expression


    : of, relating to, or characterized by progression


    : moving forward or onward : advancing


    a: increasing in extent or severity <a progressive disease> b: increasing in rate as the base increases <a progressive tax>


    often capitalized: of or relating to political Progressives


    : of, relating to, or constituting a verb form that expresses action or state in progress at the time of speaking or a time spoken of


    : of, relating to, or being a multifocal lens with a gradual transition between focal lengths <progressive bifocals>


    : or, relating to, or using a method of video scanning (as for television or a computer monitor) in which the horizontal lines of each frame are drawn successively from top to bottom — compare interlaced



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    Examples of PROGRESSIVE

    1. the progressive movements of the hands of a clock
    2. <progressive forms of animal life>

    First Known Use of PROGRESSIVE

    circa 1612

    Related to PROGRESSIVE

    Synonyms: developed, evolved, forward, high, higher, improved, late, advanced, refined

    Antonyms: backward, low, lower, nonprogressive, primitive, retarded, rude, rudimentary, undeveloped

    Merriam Webster

Would anyone like to argue that progressives have not had an influence on the condition our country is in?

Somewhere around 70 percent of the people say the country is headed in the wrong direction. The debt has put our country on the verge of collapse. Joblessness is a big problem. Free speech is threatened. The tenth amendment has been disregarded. Would you say education in the US is successful, or would you say it may be part of the joblessness problem?

Please take a look at “Antonyms:” above.

I would add regressive to the words listed.