Candidate Obama lays out his views

Excerpt from Swampland (Time magazine blog):

Conventional wisdom states that a nominee who faces charges of being “the most liberal Democratic nominee ever” should not use his acceptance speech to give an clear, unabashed defense of liberalism. But listen to this: “Ours is a promise that says government cannot solve all our problems, but what it should do is that which we cannot do for ourselves–protect us from harm and provide every child a decent education; keep our water clean and our toys safe; invest in new schools and new roads and new science and technology. Our government should work for us, not against us.” There are many who will not agree with that statement. But Obama does a better job of making the case for liberalism than any Democrat in a generation. (See this Knox College commencement speech from 2005 for a fuller version of his argument.)