I'm a Progressive because I believe government has the ability-- and the moral obligation-- to improve the living conditions of the people who live under its jurisdiction. I believe in a scientific government that has specific, objective policy goals and applies rational, pragmatic measures to achieve them. I believe in a moral government that deals fairly with others and demands that others deal fairly with it and with its citizens.
Ideologically, I'm stuck in the Thirties. I would have readily been labelled a "liberal" and a "progressive" in the era when those terms were used to describe Theodore Roosevelt's brand of civic nationalism-- the ideal of an America in which all Americans got the opportunity to succeed on their own merits, in which merit was rewarded and vice punished, and in which anyone could be an American if they only loved their fellow Americans enough. I want to live in the world he wanted to create. The problem is that modern liberals got distracted from creating a better world by identity politics and special interest groups, and both side of our political spectrum have abandoned science as the means of understanding the world we live in and improving upon it.