John Lindsay Defines His Ideas

John V. Lindsay won four elections, from 1958 to 1962, as the Representative for the 17th District of New York State. This was known as the Silk Stocking District. Mid-way in his fourth term Lindsay was elected as Mayor of New York. His terms (Jan 1966 to Jan 1974) were a time of great social turmoil. He summed up his basic Ideas in his book Journey into Politics.

I believe that the real danger of increasing centralism does not lie reasonable Federal expenditures for the destitute, for education, and for health, but rather in the pervasive to individual liberties that that stems from any undue concentration of military, police or economic power.

THIS IS THE BEST DEFINITION OF LIBERALISM THAT I HAVE EVER SEEN. IT RAISES SOME QUESTIONS, ESPECIALLY THE WORD DESTITUTE. THE LIBERAL GOAL IS TO ELIMINATE POVERTY, TO HAVE WELL INFORMED AND CURIOUS CITIZENS, AND TO HAVE THE PUBLIC HEALTH AT A HIGH LEVEL. WE WILL NEVER, OF COURSE, ACHIEVE THESE GOALS. JOHN LINDSAY BELIEVED THAT WE COULD ADVANCE OUR FREEDOMS AND PREVENT THEIR EROSION WITH THESE IDEAS

HIS BOOK HIT STANDS IN JANUARY OF 1967. THIS WAS JUST OVER ONE YEAR AS MAYOR OF NEW YORK AND TWO MONTHS AFTER THE MIDTERM ELECTIONS. REPUBLICANS MADE BIG GAINS, BUT FOR THE MOST PART, THE RESULTS DID NOT INDICATE A TURN TO THE RIGHT. THE THREE NEW SENATORS, MARK HATFIELD FROM OREGON, CHARLES PERCY FROM ILLINOIS, AND EDWARD BROOKE OF MASSACHUSETTS WERE QUITE LIBERAL. ADA PRESIDENT JOHN KENNETH GALBRAITH STATED HIS ORGANIZATION COULD SUPPORT A REPUBLICAN FOR PRESIDENT.

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