Cute, but I wouldn't call the photo of Reykjavik's mayor on the right proof of Iceland's supreme progressiveness (their economic policies would advise against labeling them too far to the left, although people are at least responding appropriately). It wasn't too long ago that our biggest city's mayor also put on a dress, and progressive isn't the word I would use to describe Rudolph Giuliani.
Our, ahem, progressive mayors do it tooFollow @freedom2marry
I'm not trying to knock Iceland; I'm sure they're lovely people there. But every time I see American liberals say, "Look over at how progressive Europe is!" I feel the need to remind everyone that America, contrary to propaganda by our elites, isn't a center-right nation and has, at various points in history, shown the world how a modern democracy is supposed to behave.
The American people's impulses, generally, aren't conservative and can have sense talked into them. But when you throw in the way wealth and power are distributed in the States, along with a few aspects of American culture that are easily manipulated for the benefit of the right (like our tribalism and distrust of pleasure), suddenly we start looking like a bunch of moral scolds who love authoritarian power and want to be a shining beacon of neofeudalism.