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Progressive or liberal?

September 18, 2009
Lewistown Sentinel

Have you noticed that many liberals now prefer to be called progressives? It seems that there is a negative connotation to the word "liberal." Hence, the new term, "progressive." What's the difference? It's the same as saying satan or the devil.

Some would say that's a very judgmental statement. Who is more judgmental than the "satanic devils" (or progressive liberals)? When I was growing up, I'm sure that tolerance had a different meaning. It meant that even though I don't agree with you, I'll defer to your beliefs and not make an issue of it. I, as a Christian, will not deny your right to be a Muslim or Hindu. However, as a Christian, I still reserve the right to believe my religion is the true and only religion. The "satanic devils" believe that tolerance means giving up your beliefs to agree with them. Tolerance to a liberal means total agreement with them.

Liberals want tolerance for their pet projects. They have no tolerance for Christians or right-wing beliefs. Comedian Jeff Foxworthy is famous for his sayings that if you do such and such, you must be a redneck. I believe that if you're against government execution of serial killers, but support the execution of unborn babies, then you must be a progressive/liberal.

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If you believe the environment is more important than people, then you must be a progressive/liberal. If you believe animals are more important than people, then you must be a satanic devil. I have two German short-hair pointers. They're part of my family. I recently told my wife that if there's a fire, I will get her out first, before the dogs. She said the same to me; I'm not sure I believe her.

You must be a progressive/liberal if you want government to control everything. You must be a progressive/liberal if you believe ACORN is nonpartisan and does good works. You must be a progressive if you want single-payer government health care. Health is not the issue here - the issue is control. Liberals want to control every aspect of your life.

You must be a liberal if you're trying to remove God from every aspect of our public and private lives. You must be a progressive if you believe that the stimulus, the cap and trade, and health care won't bankrupt our country. Please, God, give me back the America I knew as a child ... please!

Jay McCaulley is the production manager for The Sentinel. He may be contacted via e-mail at



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