I consider myself "progressive". Some might consider me a "Red Tory" for that. I supported John Tory's leadership at the Ontario PC Leadership Convention, and I remember markedly that being a supporter of John Tory meant that I was a Red Tory - one of his opponents that night, Jim Flaherty, made mention of it. I'm not going to argue the colour of my Toriness in this post, but whether or not it's possible to be progressive and right-leaning.
I believe when a truth is self-evident, it should be enforced and encouraged. I believe that if the logic fails, then the argument fails.
That said, being progressive doesn't necessarily mean you're left leaning. It means, "promoting or favouring progress toward better conditions or new policies, ideas, or methods" or "proceeding in steps; continuing steadily by increments".
Publically stating that we will not have "two-tier health care" is not progressive; changing the laws or conditions that impede a person's ability to access health care is progressive. How that change comes about is the difference between right and left viewpoints.
Increasing spending for ineffective social programs is not progressive; creating and spending on effective social programs is progressive. Re-evaluating support (that is, stopping the bleeding) to ineffective programs is not anti-progressive. Again, how that change comes about is the difference between right and left viewpoints.Shooting money into the air to create a national day care program is not progressive; actually physically creating a national day care with a plan where working parents can continue to work without heavy debt or allowing parents the opportunity to raise their own children without fear of dropping below the poverty line is progressive.
I believe in firm justice, I believe in a strong military, I believe in being fiscally prudent, I believe my tax money has value, I also believe that I can be trusted with it if the government decides to give some of it back, I believe in electoral reform, I can like Americans even if I disagree with their elected representatives. I want clean air, clean water, real justice and equity for all, I want everyone to have a fair shot with their health and education.
I consider myself socially liberal; whatever people do when they are of sound mind is okay by me. I don't feel threatened by someone else's religion, lifestyle, colour, choice of wardrobe, hair colour, or choice of beer.
I want change, and I want change for the better. I respect any political party that recognizes there are problems and puts forward a solution to fix it.
I disagree with some things with the Conservative Party, but that's to be expected, and I think disagreements within a party is productive and should be encouraged.
That's why I'm progressive. That's also why I'm a Conservative.