Wednesday, December 08, 2004

Liberalism Is A Demanding Faith

A Message From ADA President Jim McDermott - November 3, 2004

In January 1947, when John Kenneth Galbraith, Eleanor Roosevelt, Hubert Humphrey, Reinhold Niebuhr and 200 other activists gathered together to form Americans for Democratic Action, they faced challenging times. The gains of the New Deal were threatened and a rampant anti-communist vitriol was emerging that would climax under Wisconsin's Senator Joe McCarthy leadership in the coming years.

The activists who gathered in Washington then were a determined group. They knew the challenges they faced but they were ready and willing to "light a candle rather than curse the darkness." The founding statement they issued declared that where individuals are faced with hardship and the fear of war, "political freedom may all too easily be compromised and deformed." "Demagogues," they said, "will step in and offer security in exchange for a liberty that has lost its meaning."



Blogger BobsAdvice said...

I worked very hard for John Kerry in Wisconsin.
He lost the election even though he took this Blue State.
I remember the words of that famous Civil Rights song: "We Shall Overcome Some Day."
The struggle isn't over, our goals remain the same, our principles are just as important.
I have started another blog on blogger called "John Kerry for President 2008". Thank you for what you do. Would love to have you come visit there and comment as well!

Bob Freedland

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