The American people will never knowingly adopt socialism. But, under the name of "liberalism," they will adopt every fragment of the socialist program, until one day America will be a socialist nation, without knowing how it happened.... I no longer need to run as a Presidential Candidate for the Socialist Party. The Democratic Party has adopted our platform.
- Norman Mattoon Thomas, 1944, socialist,
pacifist, and six-time presidential candidate
of the Socialist Party of America