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Keith Olbermann writes: "The march of this nation has been, from the day of its founding, inexorably towards progress. We are not a 'center-right country' ... we are not leftist and we are not conservative and we are not socialist and we are not Christian and we are not Muslim and we are not Jewish and we are not Protestrant. We are a Progressive nation."

Keith Olbermann. (photo: orlandoshaped/Photobucket)
Keith Olbermann. (photo: orlandoshaped/Photobucket)

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+63 # slyfox 2011-03-30 10:57
Yes, This group is out front to bring back ASAP, indentured servitude, repudiate the rights of women, and ultimately the rights of states to en slave. These United states are on a slippery slope. Wake Up Everybody,and join in the protests to maintain a progressive way of life--- the right of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
+29 # Gringaryan 2011-03-30 10:59
Keith, You rock! Always good to read you and looking forward to SEEING you again soon (hopefully on the internet, since I don't have a tv.)
+50 # Artful 2011-03-30 11:06
Gee, sorry, but we are not any longer a progressive nation. We are commuting, with increasing speed toward third world status. Soon, we will be a nation of very, very rich people, and uneducated peasants. That defines third world status. For a time, we will continue to have a large military, but soon we will be unable to afford even that "luxury." Then, the very, very rich people--republi cans of course--will need to create and finance their own privatized military--sort of like they do in Lybia, and Yemen. Then they will be complete--the republicans thatis.
+21 # Glen 2011-03-30 13:49
Artful, the wealthy already have their own military. Corporations have their own military and mercenaries. Check out oil companies and their means of protecting their enterprise in foreign countries, especially after the company has trashed the land and turned away workers. It is not political party specific, either.
+28 # DaveW 2011-03-30 14:43
Artful, "Gee, sorry,but we are not any longer a progressive nation." I couldn't agree more.Keith's enthusiasm is great and we need that,but let's be honest. This country is in a "regressive" state and has been since voters decided a washed up actor brandishing "Commie Killer" credentials should become our President.We're runnunig out of foreign peoples to declare war upon so now the lowlifes who occupy the upper strata of our society have decided to wage war on their fellow Americans.We are also decidedly "NOT the greatest nation on earth." Sorry Keith.We COULD have been. Perhaps SHOULD have been.Maybe if we payed more attention to our history,how our political system operates.Damn near half of eligible voters can't get off the couch to exercise the one right they should value above all others. No,we're more interested in Snooki or Charlie Sheen or what kind of car the neighbor just bought on credit.We're RIGHT where the deified founding fathers envisioned us from the start.An elite cadre of self-aggrandizi ng,land owning businessmen supervizing our labor which includes the REGULATION of the businesses that keep the same A-type personalities screwing everyone else over.We're on the way down Keith.It takes a million arrows of truth to deflate one lie. Half of our "archers" would rather latch on to the tether of hate and intolerance.To do otherwise requires thought.
+37 # angelfish 2011-03-30 11:30
So glad to have you back, Keith. You make me proud to be an American. When the likes of the ReTHUGS make me want to stick my head in the oven, I take heart because of people like you who speak TRUTH to Power. Americans are slowly waking to the fact of who and what these Cretins want to REALLY do to us and our Country. Having a Majority on the SCOTUS they are confident of riding rough-shod over us yet again. NO,NO,and NO they will NOT! They WILL not get away with it any more! AMERICANS UNITE! The FIGHT is ON again! Our Founders are WRITHING in their graves over the rape and pillage of our Constitution. There are MORE of us (Poor working or unemployed) than there are of them (Imperialist Bullies). We WILL overcome!
+41 # Fraenkel.1 2011-03-30 11:38
The American people voted for these idiots. They deserve what will happen to them. When the potholes destroy their cars, their kids will be too dumb to get into college. the privatized fire department will get lost going to your fire, people will die like flies from the air pollution - then people will complain. It will be too late because the entire political process will have been highjacked by the Republicans and their friends the Koch brothers.
+30 # genierae 2011-03-30 14:11
I'm not so sure that the American people elected "these idiots", Mr. Fraenkel. I remember in 2004, the exit polls in Ohio said that Kerry won, but the voting machines elected Bush. Ken Blackwell promised he would deliver the election to Bush, and he did. As long as we use these easily rigged voting machines, we will have to suffer the consequences.
+11 # coach777b 2011-03-30 18:34
Even as they begin to deny that they voted for these criminals, they begin to sign recall petitions. They and the ones who stayed home on election day, voted for these a***holes and now they are about to be robbed of their livelihoods. Regain, McCarthy, Nixon and all those who followed were a preview of things to come. Well folks, things have come and you'll have to hold on until the next election. If you survive, you can go to the polling booths and send these criminals back to the third circle of he'll from whence they came.
+21 # Harriet 2011-03-30 11:47
Keith, Loved the article. I miss you so much on TV. When will your show start?
+18 # fredboy 2011-03-30 11:59
Thanks Keith.

Those of us who gather the lessons of history and human nature also know this: if you squeeze the end of a balloon the pressure goes elsewhere, or burst in your face.

I predict a new series of worker processes and reactions far more direct and focused than general strikes and walkouts.
When individual and collective workers find their courage, they will creatively respond.

Think also of the fact that the GOP vampires in state and federal positions are also insisting on free, unhindered markets and marketplaces. That, carried to its end, is lawlessness--fo r all sides. And all involved, including workers and consumers.

As the saying goes, may all of their wishes be granted...
+29 # Regina 2011-03-30 12:02
Keith, this daughter of a union seamstress and a union plumber, granddaughter of another union seamstress and niece of two more, thanks you for your reminders of our tortured labor history. It's those union workers who made it possible for me to grow up to be a union member in a university faculty. I can't tell you what these new reprobate politicians should do -- it wouldn't be ladylike. But I'm sure you can cut to the substance of my rejoinder.
+14 # Paul 2011-03-30 12:04
Thank you Keith...
+11 # Albert Berman 2011-03-30 12:16
so what else is new from those people ???
+14 # Doctoretty 2011-03-30 12:24
As always, Keith, you hit all the right points! We all want to know when your new show will begin.
+27 # sark 2011-03-30 12:52
To all who say we voted for this, I don't think so. The electronic voting equipment selected this. As long as we ignore this, politicians will do what their corporate buyers demand. I cannot see us as a progressive nation as long as our elections are compromised by machines manufactured by hard right wing Republican supporting corporations. Keith, that is where you and others with a voice and place in the media should be directing your energy because that if the foundation our our problems and the solution.
+15 # ginger wright 2011-03-30 12:59
thankyou so much for doing what you do. you are a true patriot
+30 # wfalco 2011-03-30 13:03
Thank goodness we have the likes of Olbermann and Micheal Moore to plead are case and motivate the listening minority.
Yes...unfortunately we are in the minority. Wisconsin has breathed fresh air back into progressive action-but will this breath be inhaled nationwide?
I have my doubts because I reside in Florida where Rick Scott was elected as governor. Mr Scott (for those of you not familiar with this corporate thief) was head of Columbia HCA-a healthcare conglomerate that stole billions from medicare/medica id in a quirky billing scam. Mr Scott conveniently resigned with about $300 million in his pocket as part of a "deal" to avoid prosecution.
He has re-appeared as Governor of the "sunshine" state (so called, I believe, since most residents are seemingly baked by too much sun.)-they certainly don't have much ability to read or even watch news as Mr Scott's trail of fraud was well publicized and documented prior to the election.
As Governor Tricky Ricky has turned down 2 billion in federal money for high speed rail, demonized public employees as solely responsible for state debt, and is pursuing wide spread business de-regulation to make Florida "the most business friendly state" in the nation.
All this while running as the "let's get back to work" candidate who is attempting to lay off 8000 state workers. How many other Floridas are there ?
+17 # Gringaryan 2011-03-30 15:03
wfalco... but wait! Is this also the new Republican Governor who is now trying to make drug testing MANDATORY quarterly.. for public employees. AND who turned over his ownership in a drug testing labarotory to his wife just before he took office. Is this the same newly elected Repub Governor.. ?? And this move is another part of a budget cutting measure? somehow?!*¿%#&
+11 # wfalco 2011-03-30 20:18
That's our hero. What a guy. Mandatory drug testing for State workers and welfare recipients. Conducted by his (I mean his wife's) company. Unfortunately and despicably the Republican legislature will sit idly by and do nothing. They are all, essentially, of the same ilk. And in my daily life I run across fellow Floridans who either don't know or don't care. Like I said it's the "sun baked" state.
+12 # racetoinfinity 2011-03-30 16:58
Quoting wfalco:

I have my doubts because I reside in Florida where Rick Scott was elected as governor. Mr Scott (for those of you not familiar with this corporate thief) was head of Columbia HCA-a healthcare conglomerate that stole billions from medicare/medicaid in a quirky billing scam. Mr Scott conveniently resigned with about $300 million in his pocket as part of a "deal" to avoid prosecution.

Unreal, but all too real. We should change the refrain from "What's the matter with Kansas?" to "What's the matter with Florida?" Even in these times of unlimited corporate campaign commercial (mostly) lies on tv, it's hard to believe he got elected with his record publicized. If I were a Floridian, I'd be quite embarrassed to say so.
+9 # Merschrod 2011-03-30 13:20
Keith is wrong about this being a progressive nation. That progressiveness was in spurts and sputters years ago. Yes, here in Ithaca we think that we are a progressive twon and county, but then there is the real world of reactionary and fearful conservatives all around us - even closer to the E and W coasts!!!

The progressive spurts happened when the abuse was too much. Perhaps we are almost there again with the example of the Likes of Scott WAlker and the Tea Party folks, plus creeping middle of the roaders like Gov. Cuomo (Yep, balance the budget on the backs of the children - not the sector that prints the cash on wall street.

BTW Tompkins County was the only one in NY State that voted for O'Bama instead of Hilary - yes, we got taken for a ride, and still got the team tyhat Hillary would have had!
Sour grapes from Ithaca (Time to prune the grapes - almost - a sunny day)
+28 # todd williams 2011-03-30 13:24
I am truly sickened about where these bastards are taking us. This is, by far, the worst atack on our values I have ever seen in my life (I'm 60 years old). The right wing is simply unrelentless. They will not stop attacking Progressives for even one minute. They lie, cheat, and steal. Their bad will knows no bounds. These are extrememly dangerous people for whom the moniker "conservative" is much too mild. They are regressive Neanderthals with no morals or charitable impulses. If the Progressives in this country do not unite to stop this madness, America as we know it will cease to exist.
+4 # Gary Ray Pierson 2011-03-31 14:38
Quoting todd williams:
I am truly sickened about where these bastards are taking us. This is, by far, the worst atack on our values I have ever seen in my life (I'm 60 years old). The right wing is simply unrelentless. They will not stop attacking Progressives for even one minute. They lie, cheat, and steal. Their bad will knows no bounds. These are extrememly dangerous people for whom the moniker "conservative" is much too mild. They are regressive Neanderthals with no morals or charitable impulses. If the Progressives in this country do not unite to stop this madness, America as we know it will cease to exist.

What I'd like to know Todd, is why? I feel the same and am the same age,slightly older,.. We saw em blast JFK right in front of the World and God.. They'll do any thing they can get away with and they have all the war toys to make you let them get away with it. With it ALL.. What's a poor boy to do? Join the French Foreign Legion? Learn French? were screwed dude.. Cpl. Pierson 101st Airborne,Vietna m
+15 # jon 2011-03-30 13:33
Keith Olbermann for President !!
+15 # edith wilson 2011-03-30 14:07
+14 # genierae 2011-03-30 14:25
Keith Olbermann, and other well known progressives, need to do lecture tours at universities around this country to enlighten and energize young people. I have heard that American colleges have been taken over by conservative groups, and the liberal professors have been shown the door. If we are to create a grassroots movement in this country to take our country back, young people will be essential to do the heavy lifting. They have the energy and passion to sustain a long-term effort and so it is vital that they be fully informed as to the corporate Republican takeover of their country. This information cannot fail to infuriate them and also inspire them to action.
+2 # Sally B 2011-04-02 17:33
THIS is one ot the greatest ideas ever. Then after (Or while) you're doing that you can speak to us elders. I'm 74. Not every old person is blind or deaf. We tend to opt for stubborness, although, my late husband began voting Democrat the last 10 years of his life. He said he couldn't take it any more.
+1 # Steve S 2011-04-03 01:35
It would also be nice if there were some liberal think tanks, to counter organizations like the Heritage Foundation, Cato Institute, and worse.
+14 # Blast Dorrough 2011-03-30 14:45
Keith Olbermann is a most talented spiritual clones of Thomas Paine. Paine stood strong against evil Kingcraft, Corporatecraft and Christiancraft of "charlatanerie. " Paine influenced Founding Guards from all walks of life, many of which who were first to die for birth of our constitutional Republic with Rule of Law as our Moral Compass and Authority.
Just months before the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776 and after his inspirational writing "Common Sense" Paine made his closing argument for Revolution in his "Four Letters on Interesting Subjects": "As to Corporations themselves, they are without exception so many badges of kingly tyranny, and tend, like every other species of useless pomp, to the oppression and impoverishment of the place, without one single advantage arising from them. They keep up a perpetual spirit of distinction and faction, engross emoluments and advantages to themselves, which ought to be employed to better purposes, and generally get into quarrels and lawsuits with the other part of the inhabitants. They diminish the freedom of every place where they exist."--last paragraph of Letter III.
In 1802 Paine recognized that the same faction "had lost sight of first principles" and "were beginning to contemplate government as a profitable monopoly, and the people as hereditary property."-- Letter I of Eight to U.S. Citizens(1802-0 3).
+12 # Pat Tibbs 2011-03-30 16:22
Keith Olbermann for President!
+8 # KittatinyHawk 2011-03-30 17:50
Hope all of you are joining all of us this weekend in Marching and showing Solidarity. Your RSN has shown that MoveOn is having Marches monthly Statwise...hope to see you all. We can all think about not using gas for a week. Perhaps being sick with this supervirus they are sending to us. If all of us stay home, perhaps we can reevaluate our position. Time we start showing who is in charge of their paychecks, Big business isn't paying taxes? Then maybe it is time you all talk to lawyers about putting yours in escrow.
Will tell you one thing, that Whether it is Governor or Supreme Court, they will try to wear people out, use yur money to fight them. time we turn those tables around on them. Stop buying. Get a good supply of American Food, pay attention to survival guide. Stock up on safe food. Then show them.
Saw an article to see where your money is in your Pension, other savings. Got to show your own strength. Right now they are banking on your not doing anything. Prove them wrong
+9 # Linda Gould 2011-03-30 17:55
Only Keith can make me laugh when pointing out such unfortunate, frustrating, and depressing truths. I so look forward to his blogs.
+6 # in deo veritas 2011-03-30 18:16
Thank you for profiding a loud voice crying forth in the wilderness our country has become, beset by predatory bsanksters, corporations, and their mad dog teabaggers and Repugs in Congress snd in some states. Instead of states seceding like in 1860-61 it's too bad we can't force some of the wacko states to either oust their fascist "elected" wingnuts or be kicked out of the federal union and have their orders closed and no possibility of federal aid or foreign aid. Based on their greedy ideology it would be good riddance.
+7 # Lillie Herold 2011-03-30 18:50
Keith I search for your name each day on the Current T.V. line up to see if you are back on the air again. I miss you so very much..just to hear your comments about this war we seem to have stumble in would do wonders for my sprits. Please, please come back soon!
+5 # rm 2011-03-30 19:06
Keith says, "The march of this nation has been, from the day of its founding, inexorably towards progress. We are not a “center-right country”…we are not leftist and we are not conservative and we are not socialist and we are not Christian and we are not Muslim and we are not Jewish and we are not Protestrant.

We are a Progressive nation."

This is just wishful thinking and really beside the point. The US has from its very beginning been a plutocracy. A cabal of super rich has run the country at every moment. Today it is the military industrial banking complex. Earlier it was the slave holders. This is the same class that has always run England. Check out Carroll Quigley's The Ango-American Elite. There has never been a progressive moment in US history. Things have always been are they are right now. If workers did get somewhat ahead in the post WW II era, that was only because the ruling elites were desperate for workers after so many economies had been blasted to hell in the war.

Amerikkka is hell. It has always been and will always be.
+2 # jon 2011-03-30 21:03
can you spell, "existentialism "?
+5 # alice indigo 2011-03-30 20:23
I live in Florida (stop laughing!) and we have a governor who has done more damage in a few short months than any other governor ever dreamed of. We'd like to recall him but there's no such rule on the books and with mainly Republicans (who only march in line) in the FL house and senate, there's little hope until the next election. Is there any other state (or country) out there who would like to have him right now? I'd pay his plane fare.
+5 # motamanx 2011-03-31 09:32
Power to the people. How about a general strike? It's going to take more than waiting for the next election to get their attention.
-19 # bubbiesue 2011-03-30 20:59
Yes, we're a progressive nation by your definition. But I find it unnecessary to be crude about it. I'd like you better, Mr. O, if you'd manage to tone down the rhetoric a bit. One woman's opinion.
-6 # GypsyO 2011-03-30 21:38
I live in Oklahoma, even before this past election a Democrat didn't have a chinaman's chance - NOW, they've got everything in Ok politicsly totally/tightly wrapped up. They are jumping on bills to cover anything that so many Americans are fighting against in order to stop any one going aginst them.
+6 # ornery dem 2011-03-30 23:20
I can get where the discouraged voices are coming from. But today my 30-year-old son, fourth generation union & youngest rep in his union's history, attended AFL-CIO Day at the State Legislature, spoke, and was listened to. This makes me proud, and hopeful. I have to have hope that the voice of the people will be heard. We need publicly funded elections, we need massively better voter turnout, we need paper ballots, and accountability. But, even as flawed as the system currently stands, we do have a system of peaceful -- so far -- transfer of power, and that earns us the designation of a great nation in my book. Look at the long view -- as much as the nutters have shoved, pulled, paid & blackmailed politicians to the right over the last 100 years, we DO have Social Security, we DO have interstate highways, we HAVE done the right thing on many occasions over the deafening protests of the Monied Elite. Yes, we've lost battles to stupidity and cupidity, but there is every reason to believe that we WILL win this war in the end.
The best line of all -- "The whole premise of being Republican is the awful thought that somewhere, some poor person has a dollar that some rich person actually deserves." That one's going up on the wall.
+4 # Ramon E. Dapena-Vida 2011-03-31 02:58
What you really are is the most manipulated society in the world; at the mercy of $pecial Intere$t$. You also have one of the most corrupt Congresses in the world. At the same time, you have bombed more countries' civil population that any other in history AND you suppress the Freedom Loving People of Puerto Rico by "cuponizing" its people: Puerto Rico. If you were half the nation you think you are and thios lier wants to convinve you that you are, you would inmediately grant Puerto Rico its Freedom and Independence and get out of there. FREEDOM IS NOT TALKED ABOUT; IT'S RECOGNIZED AND RESPECTED.
+5 # Ramón E. Dapena Vida 2011-03-31 03:27
This is no more than an additional manipulating attack upon the nation that you people think you are. You have bombed more defenseless cities in the last 50 years than any other country; you have occupied and exploited Latin America and, still to this day, you deny the Freedom loving People of Puerto Rico the same Liberty that you appear to cheer for yourselves. Why don't you begin by telling your corrupt Congress to grante us our Liberty and get out of our country and, by the way, take the shameful statehooders with you. ALL MEN ARE CREATED EQUAL AND ENJOY THE RIGHT TO LIBERTY AND FREEDOM, remember that about your Declaration of Independence? Well, comply with it and stop lying to yourselves and the world.
+5 # Rita Walpole Ague 2011-03-31 04:47
Keith, excellent communication from you, per usual. And, thank you so much for all you've done, and still doing to help all we the sheeple, in this soooooo troubled nation of ours, now terribly infected with the staph infection of greed and power addiction.

Go, Keith, Go, and please, consider running for office, unappetizing as that might be. You'd have immediate support.
-8 # rf 2011-03-31 06:36
Time for progressives to take over California and leave the US. Let the dogs rot in their own s%$t.
+6 # Dante 2011-03-31 10:39
3 Sept 1991
Hamlet, NC
Imperial Foods Chicken Processing Plant
Fire; emergency exits locked from outside; 25 dead, 54 injured
enter "hamlet nc chicken processing plant fire" in search engine and read or yourself the eerie similarities to the Triangle Waist fire/murder
+5 # GravityWave 2011-03-31 15:13
On the mark, Keith. Keep it up. I have a long list of topics for you to cover. I suppose you do too.

I want to believe, and I think there is lots of evidence for what you are saying. Things happening around the edges. Democrats are coming out more and tuning in more. So are young people. Behind the scenes corruption is being attacked in many places. There are even some English-languag e, International news outlets around that are growing and will be hard to ignore.

I hope we are watching the last gasp of an outdated, simple minded greed driven, religion spouting, cave men who can't adapt and will thus go extinct. I see our job as trying to stay free enough to ride out their inadequate I.Q. temper tantrum until the people who voted for them see through them.

I know, I know, that's a bit of euphoric and utopian thinking, (maybe) but as Keith says it can happen if we make it happen. For instance, what America is all about is collective bargaining--tha t IS Democracy. So lets make this movement count for all we can and make it an un-American idea that goes hand in hand along with many others these Repugs. are spouting. We have a starting place. We should all stop calling what we want to happen here our "values." We should always refer to them as American principles. "Values" in conservative mouths has become an oxymoron to say the least.
+4 # Marian Cruz 2011-04-01 17:11
These Tea Party folk are mean spirited and are out to destroy the middle class.

Thank you for speaking the truth and keeping us informed of their actions.

I can't wait for you new show on Current TV!
+4 # propsguy 2011-04-01 19:52
i had always heard that the triangle shirtwaist women were locked in to keep them from stealing anything, that the floor supervisors searched their purses on the way out.
whatever the reason, you don't lock your employees in or spy on them. if you don't trust them and honor the work they do for you, you shouldn't employ them.
but that's an employer who sees his or her workers as fellow human collaborators, not mere resources to exploit.
if only we didn't need unions.
+3 # Sharon Latson 2011-04-01 21:26
Thank you Mr. Olbermann-Keith Olbermann for Vice President!
+4 # nolen 2011-04-01 22:16
You are missed.
+1 # annualoath 2011-04-03 19:19
i do believe this is a progressive nation. as angelfish said, "there are certainly more of us poor working and unemployed than there are rich imperialist bullies". the rich have never been progressive, hence, they've bought and own the government and this american culture. so much so that they've even fooled, hood-winked, bamboozled poor people into thinking they should be conservative.
one thing that's happened over the last hundred years is that the poor and middle class have grown lazy, content, and self-entitled with the prospects and comforts of the idea the "so called american dream" supposedly promises. at the same time, those masses didn't pay attention or didn't care how this lifestyle was created by their government and american corporations. the rest of the world is tired of their natural resources being exploited by western imperialists that have created this lifestyle so many in america are so used to. it's not so easily done these days, so, these capitalists are making sure they achieve their bottom line at our expense as well as whoever they're able to bully elsewhere on the globe.

dave w. makes an excellent point that many of those eligible to vote and change things won't exercise that right, and genierae reminds us how the 04 election was stolen with rigged voting machines.

much is broken but we must be the change or else

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