What is happening in our Nation and the West constitutes a clash of worldviews, personal and corporate, which involve competing definitions of human freedom, human flourishing and human progress. The positions being espoused and lifestyles being affirmed as “progressive” by those currently using the term as a political label are anything but. They turn the clock back on true human progress.
We are not even at the beginning of the fall 2012 Presidential campaign and commercials are everywhere. The Obama reelection campaign has chosen the word “Forward” as their theme. They claim the President will move us toward a future of “progress”. Mitt Romney, though not yet the official nominee of his Party, seeks a similar slogan or word to characterize his claim that he will lead us toward a better future. He has not settled on one.
During the 2008 Democratic Presidential primary contest Hilary Clinton was asked to define the word “liberal.” She responded, “It was a word that originally meant that you were for freedom… but it has been turned on its head and made to be a word that describes big government. I prefer the word progressive.” She went on to call herself a “proud modern American progressive.”
To some degree, Mrs. Clinton’s critique of the term “liberal” was accurate. The current use of the word and the classical use of the word are at odds with one another. Even the modern usage has undergone sweeping change in the last fifty years in America.The liberal political cause in America has been stolen by those who associate the term with unrestricted abortion on demand and substitute libertinism for ordered liberty. Contemporary liberals promote a vision of governance which is top down, proposing increasingly federalized solutions to every social problem and need.Continue Reading on catholic.org