What is the “middle?” The progressives have moved the bar so far to the left, that the old middle is now considered the “extreme right.” There are no more “blue dog” democrats. The progressives just keep pushing their agendas (under the radar) to extremes and telling us they are in the moderate position. For example, they are pushing their transgender positions.
No, who you call the progressives do more of radical Neo-con policies that even the Neo-conservatives would not go to that extreme in, such as, the extension of Patriot Act started by Bush, the expansion of Prism programs to the too far degree, the acting on too many drones without substantial evidences, the breaking of International boundaries just like Bush did in Iraq war with no consideration to other jurisdictions, the hacking on the world making world backlashing to make US image going down on world stage and unlikeable just like that of Bush time, the extensive violation of civil liberty and freedom rights more than Bush had done in the snooping and spying on US people.
Never since history of any time, the Homeland security Department has grown to, like a big Empire with having huge areas of land, budgets and ammunition weapons, just to target the US people mostly.
Simultaneously, the US police is becoming militarized, like having more military-type trucks, equipment and increased-ammunition to nail on the general public inside US, with unknown agenda looking like some secret police with no court orders or warrants to SEARCH THE PEOPLE, while a big number of untold and unknown victims have been evidently oppressed and suppressed.
There is no question US is the biggest big brother Police State right now on earth,as even in China, the Chinese would clash with police there and capture policemen while the Chinese police return with no firing power, in such confrontations.
THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NO COUNTRY LIKE THIS AS USA, ANYWHERE ON THE PLANET, obviously not Iran, Cuba, Russia, North Korea, Africa, Or China.
Many people have suffered beyond this, including in lacking employment, while the rest don't care or don't know.
Obama is NO PROGRESSIVE IN SO DOING, but making the suppression of society in the oppressing crave so shown, as the most extreme fascist NAZI-LIKE hypocrite by carrying over more than the NEO-CON in the neo-radicalism of extremist program activities as such SINCE HISTORY OF ANY TIME, even the German NAZI AND RUSSIA'S STALIN COULD NOT MATCH OBAMA'S doing IN THE OLD DAYS.
As a result of all these doing, USA violates the world regulations and rules more than Bush days as being lawless, is going downhill and decaying in most area and everything right now, including its economy.