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Posted by me b zola in General Discussion (01/01/06 through 01/22/2007)
Sat Aug 19th 2006, 02:45 PM
I have transcribed some of Jesse Jackson's remarks made today at the DNC's general session. Jackson spoke to many issues, but for this post I focused on his remarks about the CT Senate race.

(...)
There's been a big debate lately, Chairman, about how and why did Lamont win in CT. How did he reclaim the moral center? As we move toward the fall, the team with the broadest most (?) coalition, whose direction and priorities address our fears and hopes will win.

There'll be two teams on the field. You must not be decieved even by those who seek to be on one team, and gains benifits from another.

There will be black and white and brown players on both teams. We cannot choose teams by skin color, but by direction, by uniform color, by where they are going. So one team, so all players must be on their own team, in their own huddle.

There's a Trent Lott from MS team, he rolls with Strom Thurman. There's a Tom Delay on their team, with gerrymandered districts for black and Latino voters, & forced to resign from office in disgrace. There's the Bill Frist. There's George Allen with his love affair of the confederacy. There's Gingrich, who authored the infamous contract on America. There's Condaliza Rice, & there's Steele, and Swan, and Blackwell and bush & cheney--that's their team.

Now, they have a right to be on that team, but not in our huddle.

We applaud them as the loyal opposition in this battle of ideas. They cannot be on their team and in our huddle. There's another team--Senator Harry Reed and Hillary Clinton, and Congresswoman (?), and Loretta Sanchez, and Nancy Pelosi, and Maxine Waters, and Senators Obama and Kennedy, and Gov. Richardson, and Mayor Shirley (?), and Congressman Woo and Watt and (?)---that's our team.

Stay on your team.


It's not a perfect team, but it's our team. It looks like America. It's contrast is strong. It's not a perfect team, but it's a clear alternative. Last week Ned Lamont showed us the way and CT people responded.

Watch this. Why did Dick Cheney and Chairmen Melman try to choose our winner? Exault the loser and denegrate the winner? What interest do they have in our huddle? What interest do they have in the party huddle of the Democratic Party? We do not need Cheney and bush* to explain Lamont. The people of CT did that--thank you.

How did Lamont win? He ran as a Democrat--with spine and strength, and touched the souls of those who long for change hope. He was a rich man teaching poor children to learn. Inspiring their parents to become involved. He learned first hand the life options. He didn't treat them as pariahs. He knew the results of children with a late start at home and at school with inadaquate resources leading to early dismissal. In contrast to kids a few miles away in the sub-burbs with resources driven by property taxes and (?) advantage.

He was attacked for being wealthy, as if he had betrayed some covenent. The Good Samaritan was a man of means. Charactor is measured by how you treat people, not by what you have. How did he win? He stood for universal pre-Kindergarden care, a life often afforded to the well-off. (....?....). How'd he win? Support for universal health care. A coal miner dies every six hours of black lung disease, 500,000 die every year from cancer. We need comprehensive health care for every American.

He won because he made sense. It was not a one issue campaign.

How'd he win? He supports public education for all, not vouchers for a few. He supports affirmative action, a law designed to off-set years of negative action imposed upon women and people of color. Thus it is a majority issue, not a minority issue.

How'd he win? He declared that war is not a single issue--in Iraq it is the central issue. Impacting terror in the world and our national security. The impact of this war is not limited to one corner of the earth. This war is built on a false foundation. We've been lied to, spied on. We're losing lives, and money, and honor, making bad choices. We chose to (?) in Iraq over UN observers which bush* sought to discredit.

We went to the dentist with a toothache and pulled the wrong tooth. Now we have a mouth full of blood and we're still aching. It's time to change the direction. It's time to change the direction.

These positions are not some lunatic left, this is the moral center.

(...)


Jackson goes on to close with scalding the rw with their hypocracy using the word moral to describe their policies, and explains why the Democratic platform is truly moral--but that should have a thread of it's own!!

Jesse Jackson was fabulous!!!







edited to correct a spelling error.




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