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I think by now, if she'd
experienced the past 20 years, she might say, "Well, I was
beginning to think you'd never ask."
But sadly, only the spirit
of Mrs. Roosevelt is alive today. Hubert Humphrey is gone. Walter
Reuther is gone. So is Al Lowenstein.
But their spirit is here.
And I can see some hope
for that spirit in Al Gore and Bill Bradley.
But if an unexpected
person showed that he or she had that spirit and the ability to
lead, and said to me there was no liberal running for President,
no Wellstone, no Jackson, no Kennedy, no Mario Cuomo, and that serious
people of good judgment were talking to that person about running,
if I didn't think they were nuts, it would make no difference to
me whether that person had become well-known as a basketball player,
or a businessman, an actor, a wrestler, a grocery clerk or a drum
I'd say to that person:
"Look, Drum Majorette,
there's no harm in thinking about it, however unlikely it might
be. But whatever you do, go ahead and speak up. Speak up for the
people nobody speaks for.
And if you speak up well,
maybe you'll influence some people and the party and the candidates
that are running. And who knows what else?
And remember, Drum Majorette,
don't delude yourself into thinking it's got an awful lot to do
with you. It doesn't. It's the time you're living in. And a temporary
vacuum that allows you the privilege of being heard.
And one more thing, Drum
When those plutocrats
start with you; when you start hearing those moneyed honeyed voices
of ridicule and reaction;
Let them call you coy.
Let them call you flirtatious.
But keep talking. Keep
You've got to keep the
Thank you, A.D.A., for
keeping the spirit of Eleanor Roosevelt.
Keep the spirit.
Posted Originally on
the Website of the Southern
California chapter of Americans for Democratic Action