It can be argued that "progressive thought" is an oxymoron. The word thought implies logic, rational deliberation, and the use of facts. None of this applies to liberals, for whom the primary force is emotions. Listen to a liberal and you frequently hear feelings as in "I feel", it makes me feel" or "don't you care", have a heart. When they do use "thought" it is usually as a means to justify a decision based on their emotions.
What they refuse to take into consideration is that emotions/feeling are subjective and subject to change. Advertising today is based on manipulating the emotions. You are encouraged to buy a product, not based on the merits of a certain brand (Ford vs Chevy, Coke vs Pepsi) but on a feeling you are suppose to have because you have that product.
I do thank Mr Beutler for the notion of a national holiday to celebrate "New birth of freedom day". I am grateful that I was not drinking any thing at the time I read his comments. It was good for a belly laugh. Given the current depraved state of this country, he has zero clue as to irony of his statement.
Tell how free are we when you must pass through a security screening to prove you are not a terrorist when flying. How free are you when you are being spied on by your own government, even though you have done nothing to warrant it. How free are you when you are increasingly censored in your speech or stating an opinion, lest it hurt somebodies feeling. How free are you when you can not practice your religious faith in your every day life. How free are you when the rule of law is ignored and those who knowingly violate the law go unpunished because of who they are or know? Go rob a local gas station and you will go to jail. Go steal 1.6 billion dollars of other peoples funds entrusted to your company and lie under oath before a congressional committee, and walk away smiling because you have friend in high places to protect you. How free are you when you can have your money and property confiscated by LEOs because it was "suspicious" but there was zero cause to think it was used or due to illegal drugs. You were never changed with a crime, it was just taken from you and you must prove that it was not used in a crime for you to get it back.
How free are you when the Federal Government enacts laws that dictate what kind of light bulbs you can use in your house, or how many gallons your toilet can hold when you flush it. How free are you when you are forced to pay other peoples medical procedures, even though you object to it and consider it highly immoral and evil (abortion). How free are you when the Federal Government will send paramilitary armed men to stop you from freely buying a product that the other parties are willing to sell to you (raw milk). How free are you when you are forced to pay dues to a union as condition of employment? How free are you when the Federal Government tells you, you can not go on lands, parks or monuments that belong to the public. How free are you when, elected officials try disarm you and dictate what kind of firearms you are allowed to own, even though, you have never misused them or threatened any one with them.
And you average American, who in many ways is an idiot, has zero idea about what that war was fought over, except for repeating the official line that it was about ending slavery and how great a president Lincoln was. (Barf)