What beliefs define a 21st Century American Progressive/liberal?

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    So now for the rest of the story.

    The question was asked re conservatives & several self identified conservatives offered ideas, including the issues of States Rights, reading the Constitution and interpreting the "original intent" of the framers, the support for the status quo and tradition (then stating "Liberals are destroyers of custom and convention."). Another argued, "There is far too much diversity in conservative beliefs to answer the question" and later defined why he is a conservative i(IMO) in generally Libertarian terms (see #33 in the aforementioned thread for his exact words) and other responses.

    So, why are you a liberal/Progressive? What beliefs do you hold which cause you to so self identify? Or, are you a moderate, accept some of the ideas and principles of conservatives and some of the ideas and principles of the progressives?
     
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    1. That the rule of law be applied equally with the ends of justice the only consideration;

    2. That the playing field be level, that all citizens have equal opportunities;

    3. That health care is a right; as a society we would all benefit from universal preventative health care;

    4. That we are not the policemen for the world;

    5. Dependance on oil has negatively impacted our foreign policy; we must conserve and invest in R&D of new, renweal sources.

    6. We must get our fiscal house in order, now. The no tax now or ever concept is a failure;

    7. We must take care of our needs at home, and work with other nations and the UN to alleviate hunger, disease and oppression around the world. We cannot do so alone.

    8. We must put wedge issues aside; guns, gays, god and abortion are the issues for demagogues, not leaders.

    9. We must invest in our infrustructure, allowing our roads, bridges, electric grid and systems of public transportation to waste away is myopic and not cost effective.

    10. We must abandoned the war on drugs, it is a failure.

    11. We must respect tradition but recognize man's innate ability to modify and improve institutions as well as products.

    12. We must remember that we - as a society - are in this together notwithstanding our color, creed, gender or its identity, age, or fortune of birth.
     

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