If you believe that a nation is really better off which achieves for a comparative few, those who are capable of attaining it, high culture, ease, opportunity, and that these few from their enlightenment should give what they consider best to those less favored, then you naturally belong to the Republican Party. But if you believe that people must struggle slowly to the light for themselves, then it seems to me that you are a Democrat.
Eleanor Roosevelt (1884–1962), First Lady of the United States, author, speaker, and diplomat. From "Why I am a Democrat," [Junior League] Bulletin (November 1923). As quoted in Eleanor and Franklin, ch. 27, by Joseph P. Lash (1971).
Roosevelt wrote this before her husband, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, had yet been elected President.