Progress is defined as “a movement toward a goal or to a further or higher stage”. Complete definition here. Progressive is defined as “favoring or advocating progress, change, improvement, or reform, as opposed to wishing to maintain things as they are, especially in political matters”. Complete definition here. Some synonyms for the word “progressive” are… continuous, forward-looking, radical, reformist, open minded, free-thinking. Complete list of synonyms here.
Because progressive is synonymous with revolutionary, and progress is the root word, does it mean that only thoughts from groups who call themselves as such can be equated to moving an individual or society in a direction considered more beneficial than, and superior to the previous level? During any type of progression, there might be setbacks or mistakes. We are human after all. Once a mistake is identified, is it okay to solve that mistake and still call it progress? Even if, by solving that mistake, you are undoing what was thought to be progress at an earlier time? To me, progress is a very generic term. What is considered progress for one, might not be defined as progress for another.
To me, progress would be, living within our means. Progress would be not saddle bagging future generations with the bill of today. Progress would be having smaller or as little government as possible. Progress would be not spending 610 billion USD a year on military. Progress would be bringing people up to a higher standard, instead of bringing those at the higher level down to a lower level in an attempt to keep all things equal. Progress should not be a generic catch phrase, like “change”, in order to convince the masses of something that actually may hinder the very thing it portends to advance.~NM