3/14/2005

Framing the Dems

Who are we? What do we stand for? Digby's blog says it well:
The case for responsive government that provides services to the people and keeps the market functioning in a healthy way springs from the liberal belief in justice, equality and liberty. The Bill of Rights is the founding document of American liberalism. We believe that while property rights are fundamental to American law, liberty means more than property rights only...Freedom is also the inherent right of each individualto dominion over his or her identity, body and mind. We believe in free speech and freedom of religion with almost no exceptions because no individual can be trusted to make such distinctions without prejudice. We believe in the right to a fair trial and we believe that those who represent the government must be held to a very high standard due to the natural temptations the government's awesome judicial and police power can present. We cannot have a free society where government does not adhere to the rule of law. We have fought for universal suffrage, labor laws, civil rights and the right to privacy among many other things because we believe in fairness, equality and social justice. We believe those principles require a society such as ours to ensure that all people can live a decent and dignified life. We think that democratic government, being directly accountable to the people, is the best institution through which those pinciples can be successfully translated into action. We are always on the side of progress, looking forward, stepping into the future. The founding fathers were liberals. Our tradition is as American as apple pie.

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