• quotations

“The madman Trump is more symptom than cause—the rational outcome of irrational fear.” Dave Svetlik

“Barack Obama has it right: Get rid of the very idea of the right and the left and the center. American ideas are fundamentally progressive ideas — the ideas this country was founded on and that carry forth that spirit. Progressives care about people and the earth, and act with responsibility and strength on that care.

That was the winning strategy of Sherrod Brown in Ohio. Brown is a thoroughgoing progressive who never moved one inch to the right. He talked about the issues where he agreed with his Ohio audiences — and legitimately spoke for them.

Think about Barack Obama going to Rick Warren’s megachurch and getting a standing ovation from evangelicals because he talked about the places where he agreed with them, he activated his values in them (values they already had), he came across as a man of principle, and he didn’t get in their face about where he disagreed.” George Lakoff

“You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.”– R. Buckminster Fuller

“When I despair, I remember that all through history the ways of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants, and murderers, and for a time they can seem invincible, but in the end they always fall. Think of it—always.” –Mahatma Gandhi

“U.S. imports made up just 15 percent of our gross domestic product in 2015—which makes us less reliant on imports than almost any other country. Less than 3 percent of U.S. spending is on Chinese imports.’–The Washington Post

“Aides of President Trump say that he is embarrassed that he didn’t realize he signed an order giving Bannon a seat on the National Security Council.”—The New York Times

“Ignorance allied with power is the most ferocious enemy justice can have.”—James Baldwin

“If Democrats are smart, they’ll go beyond their base and work to bring a wide and deep coalition of businessmen, free-market conservatives, deficit hawks, and libertarians, all dismayed by Trump’s immigration ban, his proposed Mexican wall, his bullying of companies and judges, his threats of tariffs and trade wars. Rather than just saying no, Democrats must counter Trumpism with an affirmative message that our tolerant, dynamic nation is richer and better because of immigration, international markets, strong alliances, and freedom. We can’t cower behind walls, or let fear destroy what makes America great.”—Jennifer Rubin in WashingtonPost.com

“Trump is, without realizing it, challenging us to grow in self-awareness, to act in ways that respect and fulfill what is best in ourselves and our democracy.”—James S. Gordon, The Guardian