Progressive

Theodore Roosevelt.

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At the July 8, 2011 meeting of the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission, TEA Party ‘patriots’ universally decried members of the Commission, openly accusing them of corruption, malfeasance, and secret agendas. One TEA Party ‘patriot’ contorted her face into the visage of one about to projectile vomit, as she uttered the word, ‘progressive’. Clearly, as evidenced by the verbiage of the TEA Party ‘patriots’ present, the concept of a progressive agenda, or progressive viewpoints and values, were held in great disdain.
Isn’t it odd, that TEA Party ‘patriots’ should hold in such contempt, the very word which one of our most stalwart and heroic Presidents adopted as the name of his party in the 1912 presidential election, the Progressive Party of Theodore Roosevelt?

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About Stefan Jacke

MagicRobert presented me with a vellum document, composed in an insane script. We were in a well secured vault in the Michener Library. His face exploded into a broad smile, as he saw me recognize the words, "That government governs best which governs least." It was a copy of "On Civil Disobedience" in the author's own hand. The experience called to mind a conversation Henry David Thoreau had with Ralph Waldo Emerson, as Thoreau sat in a jail cell, incarcerated for protesting the Mexican War. Emerson asked, "David, what are you doing in there?" Thoreau responded, "The point is, Ralph, what are you doing out there?" Once, long ago, I jumped off of big red trucks, lifted weights, and cleaned toilets for a living. Then I wrestled drunks, ran around in circles, and got splattered with blood and all manner of body fluids for a living. Now I enjoy the stillness of early morning in my rocking chair on the porch, with a hot cup of coffee, trying in vain to forget the past. Thank you, Robert!
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