Digby just put this too beautifully not to note re: the convening of the 110th Congress on Wednesday, January 4th:
I am a liberal because it is the political philosophy of freedom and equality. And I am a progressive because it is the political path to a better future. And I am a Democrat because it is the political party that believes in freedom, equality and progress.
This is what freedom, equality and progress look like [see picture]:
It may have taken 230 years, but you finally got here. By hook or by crook, and the prodding and pushing of liberals and progressives, you always do.
By the way --- Nancy Pelosi wore purple today for a specific reason. It's the color of the suffragettes:
"This is an historic moment - for the Congress, and for the women of this country. It is a moment for which we have waited more than 200 years. Never losing faith, we waited through the many years of struggle to achieve our rights. But women weren't just waiting; women were working. Never losing faith, we worked to redeem the promise of America, that all men and women are created equal. For our daughters and granddaughters, today we have broken the marble ceiling." Nancy PelosiAll those purple wearing women who came before would be proud today.