January 4, 2012
"TWO IDEAS OF GOVERNMENT"
Ted Widmer, ed., American Speeches: Political Oratory from Abraham Lincoln to Bill Clinton (New York: Library of America, 2006) (From William Jennings Bryan, "Speech to the Democratic National Convention," Chicago, July 9, 1896: "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 it." Id. at 142, 148. From Margaret Chase Smith, "Declaration of Conscience, Washington, D.C., June 1, 1950: "Those of us who shout the loudest about Americanism in making character assassinations are all to frequently those who, by our own words and acts, ignore some of the basic principles of Americanism--The right to criticize. The right to hod unpopular beliefs, The right to protest. The right of independent thought. The exercise of this rights should not cost one single American citizen his reputation or his right to a livelihood nor should he be in danger of losing his reputation or livelihood merely because he happens to know some one who holds unpopular beliefs. Who of us does not? Otherwise none of us could call our souls our own. Otherwise thought control would have set in." Id. at 487, 488.).