Hillary Clinton, The Daily Kos and Progressive Beliefs
by Nancy Kallitechnis, Thu Jul 03, 2008 at 05:37:36 PM EDT
Progressive people are called many names such as bleeding heart liberal, politically correct, tree hugger, etc. Most people believe progressives are on the left side of the political spectrum but beyond that, even among self-identified progressives, there is no consensus as to the meaning of the word progressive. Webster's first simple definition of progressive is"of, relating to, or characterized by progress." And the second and third definition of "progress" is...
2: a forward or onward movement
3: gradual betterment; especially: the progressive development of humankind
It is that third definition that progressive people use to define themselves. They do not just see themselves as advancing a cause, they believe their cause is for the betterment of humankind. And yet there is obviously no agreement on what is progressive. For example, the Daily Kos blog which is known as a progressive blog and calls itself a "reform blog" apparently was not much concerned with reforming the male dominant government by supporting or at least respecting a woman presidential candidate. The Daily Kos administrators allowed non-stop and frequently vicious and sexist attacks against presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton. And yet when bloggers wrote mature, helpful, polite criticism of male presidential candidate Barack Obama the administrators would often ban those bloggers (I was banned for politely criticizing Obama). Thus the unwritten rule was it's okay to write rude, false, prejudiced criticism against woman candidate Hillary Clinton, but it's not okay to write polite, fact-based, intelligent criticism of male candidate Barack Obama. Obviously, Clinton, the only woman Democratic presidential candidate, was not treated fairly at Daily Kos. Daily Kos stacked the deck against her. If they really wanted to help women gain political equality then the absolute minimum they would have to do would be to treat Hillary Clinton fairly. Note, I'm not even saying they should promote Hillary's candidacy, which of course would help women progress towards political equality; I'm saying the absolute bare minimum to avoid harming women politically would be to treat Hillary Clinton fairly.
The fact that Daily Kos did not treat a historic woman candidate fairly and even went further by working to block women's political progress by enabling non-stop sexist attacks against Hillary Clinton and her supporters indicates they do not think women's progress towards equality is progressive. A lot of allegedly progressive people attacked Hillary Clinton with sexism (http://www.allseasonsgallery.info/hrc/hr c.sexism.html). This shows that people have different views of what direction human progress should take. Some people believe it is progressive to take away women's rights. Others like myself believe it is progressive to increase women's rights to achieve gender equality. Are both views correct? No. Women are the most oppressed group in the world in terms of numbers, degree of harm and cumulative harm. Sexism is a scourge that stifles innovation and studies have shown sexism greatly increases poverty and mental and physical disease. Sexism does not make this world a better place. Thus, it is progressive to end sexism. We need a public dialogue to define progressive more accurately because as I have shown there is a misunderstanding about what it really means to be progressive.As a proactive measure against trolling, I will not be answering questions. I wrote this diary to provide information and a different viewpoint.