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    I threw my (short) list together on the fly (and could have added a few more less-well-known South Dakotans than Norbeck and McMaster since that's where I live) and absolutely, Norris was absent the list to my shame.

    What an absolutely superb example, AG, from just south of me. What an incredible and frankly inspiring record Norris had; from across the aisle FDR called him "the very perfect, gentle knight of American progressive ideals."

    People like him are why I really think had I lived in other times of history, I wouldn't have been a Democrat any sooner than FDR but instead have been a Republican (a Radical in the early days, a Progressive later), and never a Republican after--and gratefully so after the Bircher insurgency and the Southern Strategy.

    I come from Abolitionist folk, staunch Republicans all of course, and it's painful to see what the Party of Lincoln (and of my ancestors) has become. They've embraced nearly every value of those who were once the Republican Party's enemies from its inception.

    PW

    "No, no, we are not satisfied, and we will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream." --MLK

    by Progressive Witness on Mon Jul 08, 2013 at 12:23:20 PM PDT

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