When democracies elect progressive politicians, we hope to see public campaigns like this poster in contemporary Chile.
Maybe our Democratic administration could try to emulate some other moderate progressives who took office under far more difficult conditions than they face.
Who were these paragons? The governments of Chile between 1990-2010 that pulled that country back to democracy in the wake of the brutal Pinochet dictatorship. They accomplished all this under the dangerous eyes of a previously all-powerful military that had to be both controlled and appeased in order to enable civilian government to survive.
I sure don't see U.S. Democrats achieving anything like that much.
The article linked to above is an account of how these moderate reformers wore out their welcome after 20 years. It examines whether the election of a President from the right will mean a consolidation of democracy or a swing away from progress. Unhappily, one of the worst omens for continued progress toward social justice is the enhanced weight a government of the right will have to give to the Roman Catholic Church's regressive views. All very interesting and worth thinking about in our context.