I've read some of the other liberal blogs discussing the meaning of being progressive. I've also seen some arguments about where the "middle ground" really is and that progressives shouldn't "sit on a fence".
You don't need a tricked out name tag to be Progressive!
"In tone and content, Radical Middle is an antidote to the Al Frankens and Ann Coulters who dominate contemporary political discourse. This book is an intelligent and optimistic contribution to the future of American politics"
Maximize citizen choice, individual empowerment, and overall human potential
Facilitate greater involvement in the political process
Build character by promoting conscious moral choices
Possess a foundation of traditional values and common sense
Take for example, the debate over energy policy.
Conservatives touted a policy of "Drill Here, Drill Now". (On a side note, why the hell did Bruce Anderson and other local legislative candidates have these "Drill Here, Drill Now" billboards up along I 94 and other major roads?)
Liberals tout energy policies that exclude nuclear energy options.
A radical middle approach looks at near and long term stability and embraces an inclusive parallel energy path. This includes a stronger focus on conservation, while mixing renewable (solar, wind, hydro sources), clean coal technology, natural gas, hydrogen, nuclear, biofuels, and working to create a more efficient energy grid.
Nuclear power is becoming more safe. Workers are being exposed to less and less radiation and plants are becoming more efficient. A new generation scientists and engineers are working to make nuclear power even safer and more efficient and are dedicated to overcoming some of the well known problems of nuclear power.
A radical middle approach is a centrist approach.
There is a middle ground on health care, a middle ground that can help working and middle class Americans.
There is a middle ground on abortion.
There is a middle ground on energy policy.
There is a middle ground on terrorism and the war in Iraq.
Last year, House Minority Leader Marty Seifert led a charge to tar and feather the "override six". These elected leaders strongly believed that it was in their constituents best interests to increase a gas tax that hadn't been raised in nearly 2 decades and provide some real solutions to our transportation woes.
Oppose Al Franken and his US Senate run? You're shunned as a Democrat, hence my move towards Independence.
Today, I stand firmly in the middle. Don't worry, my tail won't be hurt by sitting on any fences (at least no more than getting it in the tail by Democrats and Republicans)
As a radical independent progressive, I'll make choices, choices that are good for the majority of us, without the tricked out name tag.