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progressive quote of the day


In addition to the topical "quotes of the day" and the ocassional "conservative quote of the day," I'm adding a feature to the blog which is for lack of a better term a "historic, progressive quote of the day."

This is supposed to be key quotes from political progressives that resonate with me, and that I think speak to the heart of what it has meant and continues to mean to be a Progressive and a Democrat.

Many have spoken about the need for the Democrats to "rebrand" themselves. And to shake off the negative brand associations labeled upon us by our political opponents. Maybe some of that can come from this exercise...And as always, feel free to post in the comments quotes that you find inspiring and/or important.

And given the focus of the blog, often times quotes will show an anchoring to a specific Christian position or worldview.

Starting with a quotation about the role of government, and an early cirtique to what would later be called "trickle down" economics... This isn't specifically a "Christian" quote, but it comes from an evangelical (some would call fundamentalist) who was a lay pastor, a 3 time Democratic Presidential nominee, a Democratic Congressman, and later Woodrow Wilson's Secretary of State, Williams Jennings Bryan.

It speaks to a core Progressive emphasis on "The Common Good."


"Upon which side will the Democratic party fight: upon the side of the 'idle holders of idle capital' or upon the side of "the struggling masses?" That is the question which the party must answer first, and then it must be answered by each individual hereafter.

The sympathies of the Democratic party, as shown by the platform, are on the side of the struggling masses who have ever been the foundation of the Democratic party.

There are two ideas of government. There are those who believe that, if you will only legislate to make the well-to-do prosperous, their prosperity will leak through on those below. The Democratic idea, however, has been that if you legislate to make the masses prosperous, their prosperity will find its way up through every class which rests upon them."

-- Williams Jennings Bryan, 1896
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