(Common Dreams) — We enter the new year with a degree of optimism, because Americans, except for Congress and the uninformed, are beginning to realize that cooperation transcends self-centeredness as a means of national betterment. Here are some of the specific reasons to be proud of our progressivism:(Photo: National Nurses United)

1. We focus on community rather than the individual.

As George Lakoff put it, “For progressives, democracy is based on citizens caring about each other..to provide through the government..a means by which citizens pay for..infrastructure..
education..health and safety..a justice system..energy..communication..transportation.”

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