Regressive Watch is a progressive political blog–created in the spirit of the founders. Franklin and Hamilton used the power of the pen and of the press to create a new nation inspired by the liberal writings of John Locke, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, René Descartes and the egalitarian principles they and other like-minded individuals espoused.
Holding these principles as self-evident, Regressive Watch adds to them a Utilitarian approach to government. In the tradition of John Stuart Mill and H.L.A. Hart, Regressive Watch regards the efficacy of government and its agenda as the ultimate test of value and regards gut feelings and fear based reactionary policies as common enemies.
In these times of increased divisiveness, hysterical hyperbole, misstatements, insidious lies, and Right Wing propaganda masquerading as”Fair and Balanced” news, Regressive Watch seeks to counter the flow of Regressive misinformation with the truth. Regressive Watch places supreme importance on history and data accumulated though careful application of the scientific method. For it is only through a thoughtful and probing examination of history and research of newly accumulated data the truth may be found. Regressive Watch holds it is essential the lies, distortions, fuzzy math, and semantic skullduggery of the Radical Right movement be exposed for the nonsense they truly are in a fact based forum.
Regressive Watch reports and comments on Regressive politicians as well as their destructive–and often cruel–policies. Regressive watch calls them to task on their misstatements, distortions, and outright lies. Regressive Watch aims to create a better tomorrow by speaking cogently on the issues of today in a give and take with its readers, writers, and commentators.
Regressive Watch holds it is only through a humanitarian ethic and a strong sense of history and our place in it that hard learned the lessons of the past so often forgotten are not repeated.
Regressive Watch includes humor, ridicule, and shaming in an arsenal of weapons directed against the Regressive Right. It also posts stories from top-notch journalists and sources, including the New York Times, Mother Jones, Huffington Post and other popular news and opinion publishers.
Regressive Watch is open to contributions from a varied and eclectic group of writers and to comments from its readers. Regressive Watch posits it is only through frank and rational discussion of the issues that understanding can take place and truth be revealed.