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  •  Abby was a Dem (6+ / 0-)

    It was pointed out in her obit that she was very conservative on some issues - i.e. she didn't think living together before marriage was a good idea - but clearly she was progressive where it counts.

    The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power. --George Orwell

    by jgkojak on Fri Jan 18, 2013 at 09:57:14 AM PST

    •  Although both sisters were leaders in some (1+ / 0-)
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      ways, they both had their prudish side.  I recall in the '70s or '80s Ann Landers got a question about whether she thought we would ever have marriage equality.  I don't remember her exact response, but it included "not in my lifetime."  The impression I carry away was that she hoped it was not in her lifetime, not that she regretted it.

      She died in 2002.

      There is no higher achievement in life than to make a child laugh.

      by Fiddler On A Hot Tin Roof on Fri Jan 18, 2013 at 10:37:55 AM PST

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    •  I don't think that's un-progressive, (8+ / 0-)

      at least the way you phrased it. Thinking that something is not a good idea is very very different from forbidding it. Shooting up heroin is a terrible idea, but so is the drug war.

      The very position that whether or not to “shack up” should be discussed in pragmatic terms — whether it's a good idea, i.e. likely to lead to happiness — rather than traditional or moral terms — whether it's Good or Right or What God Intended — is the very root of progressivism. When we examine traditions on their merits, that's when we figure out which ones have to go.

      Code Monkey like freedom / Code Monkey like peace and justice too
      Code Monkey very nerdy man / With big warm fuzzy bleeding heart
      Code Monkey like you!

      Formerly known as Jyrinx.

      by Code Monkey on Fri Jan 18, 2013 at 01:52:20 PM PST

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