We American progressives can be a fairly impatient lot. When the Affordable Care Act did not wholly and instantly supplant the absurd medical insurance/health delivery system we had (and largely have until thorough implementation) many wanted to ditch the deal wholesale (and I say this as someone fully in favor of a single-payer, Medicare-for-all model).
Too many of us have a history of this. Too many (white) progressives forget, for example, (or just don't read history and don't know) that there were numbers of civil rights bills starting in 1957 before the better, more comprehensive, more just ones, were passed in the mid-1960s. Imagine this country had a critical mass of progressives, white and black, surrendered in the late '50s.
When I hear about how some progressive movements in some cultures, in this era, persist and press for fundamental change against extraordinary power year over year before coming close to enacting just policies and programs, I have to say I sometimes become a little embarrassed for us.
Just one recent example, for now --
Progressives in the Philippines, fighting ingrained prejudice and the uniquely powerful Roman Catholic Church are, after fourteen years, on the cusp of winning a remarkable legislative victory. Since 1998 (well before, really) Philippine activists have struggled and lost, have struggled and lost again, and yet have continued their efforts to pass a law that would require school-based sex education and subsidize contraceptives for the nation's poorest.
For fourteen years the Church and its government allies had blocked more than fleeting consideration of the bill. The lgislation had stalled dead-still in Manila's House of Representatives. Finally, however, the bill has passed. The proposal moves now to the Philippine Senate which, with the support of the nation's president, Benigno Aquino III, has also the backing of a coalition of secular and religious activists and is on the cusp of becoming law.
Would we have persevered? I'd like to think so.