Daschle-Gephardt-Clinton Waltz

What Does the Democratic Party Stand For?

In his new book, Why Bother? Getting Life in a Locked-Down Land (Feral House), Sam Smith writes: "John Adams described well the real nature of change. He wrote that the American Revolution was 'effected before the war commenced. The Revolution was in the minds and hearts of the people. . . . This radical change in the principles, opinions, sentiments, and affections of the people was the real American Revolution.' "

But now, Smith continues, "we are taught to respect power rather than conscience."

If Bob Shrum, the sempiternal, slippery tactician and strategist for Clinton and his heirs, is right that Clinton will rise again to be the tin soul of the Democratic Party "far into the future," what are the rest of us to do? I welcome answers on the future of the "real American revolution."

As Sam Smith says, "The first rule of staying free is to act free."

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