From a strategic standpoint alone, progressives should be asking for the full realization of basic human and civil rights. They might not always expect to achieve it all at once given typical conservative intransigence, but asking for less than the moral equivalent of what humans are entitled to at the most basic level, is akin to tooting the conservatives’ horn for them. That’s what they do. They ask for the preservation of the status quo, in which people do not, at even a minimum, have their basic needs met while others live lavishly and call it justice. Asking for less cedes the framing and plays the game on their terms when we know that their rules of engagement cannot ever lead us to the victories that we seek for our people (See: Obama + the public option).