Other Norman Thomas Quotes Sotomayor Could Have Chosen

May 30, 2009

Yesterday we posted about Obama Supreme Court nominee Sotomayor quoting a socialist leader in her Princeton yearbook.

The socialist leader she quoted was Norman Thomas, six-time presidential candidate for the Socialist Party of America, and a quick Googleing turns up a couple of other interesting quotes attributed to him.

“The American people will never knowingly adopt Socialism. But under the name of ‘liberalism’ they will adopt every fragment of the Socialist program, until one day America will be a Socialist nation, without knowing how it happened.” [LINK]

Sounds about right. Here is another:

“The difference between Democrats and Republicans is: Democrats have accepted some ideas of Socialism cheerfully, while Republicans have accepted them reluctantly” [LINK]

Smart guy, for a socialist.

It begs the question, what made her such a fan of Mr. Thomas, to go so far as to proudly quote him in print as a part of her yearbook? A quote in an ivy league school yearbook is no small matter for most students.

Keep in mind, many people wouldn’t want to be judged by the politics they subscribed to during their college years. But some are proud and still hold the same beliefs. Into which category does she fall?

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One Response to Other Norman Thomas Quotes Sotomayor Could Have Chosen

  1. Boat Covers on August 7, 2009 at 3:06 am

    Congratulations to Sotomayor! I am suprised that nobody has called her a racist yet. I am sure it is coming. Just to pre-empt this the modern definition (as it is used today) of racism is: hatred or intolerance of another race or other races. So before you call her this because of one comment think about what you are doing. Does she really hate other races? Maybe her comment was a bit ethnocentric but taken in the context of the audience to whom she was addressing I wouldn’t make a big deal about it. If that is the only thing the Repubs can come up with that caused them to vote against her I think she must be a very solid choice.


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