Obama, Dems & the Liberal Tradition

By Michael Tomasky, The Guardian - August 31, 2010

I was at a dinner once, about four years ago, at which both liberals and conservatives were gathered to discuss questions of American political and civic life. I was giving a short talk on the question of the Democrats and the common good, which was a theme of mine (and still is, albeit sublimated in these days of constant warfare). I was talking about the struggle involved throughout US history in including all Americans in said common good. Hodding Carter picked up my point and spoke about historic notions of beloved community in the US.

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