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A Liberal OC Quote of the Day and a Contest

In honor of today being the first day Gay Marriage is legal in California, I leave you this inspirational quote of the day from the book, What Liberals Believe,” edited by William Martin.  It’s not a quote per se, but an exchange between conservative stalwart Bill Bennett and the Daily Show’s Jon Stewart.

Bill Bennet: “Look, its a debate about whether you think marriage is between a man and a woman.”

Stewart: I disagree. I think it’s a debate about whether you think gay peope are part of the human condition or just a random fetish.” January 8, 2007.

William Martin has since become a fan of this site and the book is a tribute to his hard work.  Mr. Martin is already gearing up for the next edition of this book for 2012 and he wants your help.  See his note below.

When I’m searching for great quotes, I look to the fearless media such as “The Liberal OC” who speak truth to power and stand up for what they believe. These are the people I admire, men and women who take on the bullies of the world.

To quote Bill Moyers – the most quoted person in What Liberals Believe – I’m thankful when I find people who “know the difference between a weather vane and a compass.”
So come up with a truly inspiraion quote and send add it to the comments of this message and future inspirational quotes posts we’ll have here.  If you quote is selected, Bill (and his publisher Sky Horse Publishing) will send you a free copy of this new book.

Please provide the quote, who said it, the date of the quote and an Internet link to verify.


  1. Jim Jim June 17, 2008

    When applying the founding principles of the United States, a liberal will not find an exception.

  2. Dave Dave June 17, 2008

    Liberals believe in Liberty and Justice for all. Can you say the same for Conservatives?

  3. Dan Chmielewski Dan Chmielewski Post author | June 17, 2008

    Jim — who said it, date it and add a web link that proves it

  4. Bill Martin Bill Martin June 17, 2008

    I am a fan of Liberal OC and wish that we had such a great forum here in Pennsylvania. Here are the qualities I’ll be using to judge your quotes:

    (1) The author’s name must be identified.

    (2) The quote must be unequivocally and provocatively liberal.

    (3) The quote must be posted along with an Internet link to allow me to verify and validate its source

    (4) The quote must be meaningful to a wide audience (even people from Pennsylvania).

    With this criteria in mind, I’ll be looking to include the winning quotes in my next book of liberal quotations. I plan do another one in 2012. My books match the presidential cycle. “What Liberals Believe” was just published. And I did a book in 2004 called “The Best Liberal Quotes Ever.”

    I am really looking forward to your quote submissions and reading the other posts on the Liberal OC. Good luck!

  5. Dan Chmielewski Dan Chmielewski Post author | June 17, 2008

    And Bill, we are so looking forward to being listed in the credits in your dedications page!

  6. Bill Martin Bill Martin June 17, 2008

    Dan, I will definitely acknowledge The Liberal OC as a source and inspiration.

  7. intergalacticman aka Chris M. intergalacticman aka Chris M. June 17, 2008

    “For too many of us the political equality we once had won was meaningless in the face of economic inequality. A small group had concentrated into their own hands an almost complete control over other people’s property, other people’s money, other people’s labor — other people’s lives. For too many of us life was no longer free; liberty no longer real; men could no longer follow the pursuit of happiness.”
    Franklin Delano Roosevelt in his 1936 speech to the DNC
    June 27,1936

  8. Bill Martin Bill Martin June 18, 2008

    I like the quote, Intergalactic. An FDR speech is usually a prime spot to harvest a liberal quotation

  9. intergalacticman intergalacticman June 19, 2008

    Well thanks, and I’m a bit surprised to see that I’m the only person who actually has a quote.

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