Which is What ~ Don’t be Deceived by the Word Twisters

Written by admin on August 31st, 2017

Author: Marty Martorella

I am getting angry at the twisting of terms by the right and even more by those who share our convictions repeating the attempts to confuse people into drawing imaginary lines between being politically Liberal or Progressive and thus creating division where none exists. It is nothing new to see the Right stealing our names and terms to empower themselves and weaken us. They would love nothing more than to see us fighting with each other. I call on all to reject their lies and refuse to be deceived by their some what clever attempts to redefine the meanings of Liberal and Progressive.

This is not the first time that the Right has practiced this type of deceit and theft. Many are unaware that the phrase, “Right to Life” use to belong to a Liberal group. It wasn’t not an anti-abortion group, rather an anti-capital punishment group. What happened after Roe vs. Wade was decided, this right-wing anti-abortion group stole the name. The protest against this theft by the original group was ignored. Now, no one thinks of opposing capital punishment when hearing the term, “pro-life” which set back the efforts against capital punishment.

At the birth of our Nation, we decided against a nobility owning everything as it was everywhere before our revolution. Instead of belonging to kings and queens, most of America belongs to the public. This is why the Founding Fathers named our form of government, a Democratic-Republic. After the first world war, Europe adopted that form of government, but there was one problem. Dictators had been calling their regimes, republics. The Europeans didn’t want to be equated with those dictatorships, so they decided to call themselves Democratic-Socialism. The extreme right had stolen the term “Republic.”

Since the the sixties the right has been trying to steal the term Liberal. The right has been trying to apply the Liberal values of individuals to corporations. The Koch’s created the Libertarian party started the meme, “Neo-Liberalism” for this very purpose. These are not political Liberals, they are dishonest conservatives. Now, they are trying to divide us by confusing the meanings of being political Liberals and political progressives.

These are the definitions of;

1. favorable to progress or reform, as in political or religious affairs.

2.pertaining to a political party advocating measures of progressive political reform.

3. of, pertaining to, based on, or advocating liberalism, especially the freedom of the individual and governmental guarantees of individual rights and liberties.

4. favorable to or in accord with concepts of maximum individual freedom possible, especially as guaranteed by law and secured by governmental protection of civil liberties.

5. favoring or permitting freedom of action, especially with respect to matters of personal belief or expression: a liberal policy toward dissident artists and writers.

6. of or relating to representational forms of government rather than aristocracies and monarchies.

7. free from prejudice or bigotry; tolerant:

a liberal attitude toward foreigners.


1. favoring or advocating progress, change, improvement, or reform, as opposed to wishing to maintain things as they are, especially in political matters:

a progressive mayor.

2. making progress toward better conditions; employing or advocating more enlightened or liberal ideas, new or experimental methods, etc.: a progressive community.

3.characterized by such progress, or by continuous improvement.

4. relating to any of the Progressive parties in politics.

5. going forward or onward; passing successively from one member of a series to the next; proceeding step by step.

6. pertaining to a form of taxation in which the rate increases with certain increases in taxable income.

7. relating to progressive education :

progressive schools.


As we can see, the two are almost identical. Myself, I answer to both being a political Liberal and a political progressive. Actually, there is no need to put political in front of Progressive as it is with Liberal. You see, there are several applications of the word Liberal, whereas there is only one for Progressive, it is political. Progressive is used as a refining of the political Liberal movement to just the political application. Let me use myself as an example, whereas I am politically Liberal, but morally conservative, religiously liberal, Theologically conservative, personality/character liberal, culturally conservative. This is all understandable when we look at the definition of liberal.

This really isn’t as confusing as it may seem. I shall go into more depth in a future article, for now leave it to say that the Right has been for some time now trying to confuse how we understand the concept of being Liberal and Progressive. Their goal is simple, they desire to steal our progress and weaken our cause. There are three primary principles to the Liberal/Progressive movement which are, Liberty (or Freedom), Justice, and Equality. All that we desire to achieve can be traced back to these three. Do understand that the three are opposite of what the Right craves. They only seek freedom for the elite, the rich and powerful. They want to empower the corporate world to do whatever those businesses desire. We put people ahead of wealth, we seek not to enrich nor empower ourselves, we put others ahead of ourselves. Please my friends and allies, do not allow the Right to poison our goals, as we are better than that.

We need to accept our own differences. We each have the same core values, but we also have different areas of specialties. My major interest is in a livable wage for all who desire to work, to have affordable educational opportunities for all, for a medical system which leave no one behind and to be able to retire with dignity. Others have different priorities, yet just as valuable as mine and there should be no debate as to a false sense of superiority. I am a straight man in his sixties, I cannot help but see the world through my eyes, while trying to envision how someone else might see this world. If we are to succeed, we must respect these differences within the Liberal/Progressive movement.


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