Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Observations on the 2012 Election 9.4.2

Night one of the DNC was impressive to say the least. I heard possibly three of the best speeches I have ever heard; Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro's keynote speech, and Michelle Obama. I heard a speech where Patrick said what I have thought for a long time, it's time Democrats grew a backbone and stood up for what they believe. I heard Castro, the possible next Governor of the uber red state Texas. And I heard the first lady of the U.S. say it doesn't matter who you love a week after Chris Christie told us love is totally overrated.

It's late and I need sleep so I'll let the middle part of Patrick's speech speak for me ....

"If we want to win elections in November and keep our country moving forward, if we want to earn the privilege to lead, it's time for Democrats to grow a backbone and stand up for what we believe. Quit waiting for pundits or polls or super PACs to tell us who the next president or senator or congressman is going to be. We're Americans. We shape our own future. Let's start by standing up for President Barack Obama.

This is the president who delivered the security of affordable health care to every single American after 90 years of trying. This is the president who brought Osama bin Laden to justice, who ended the war in Iraq and is ending the war in Afghanistan. This is the president who ended "don't ask, don't tell" so that love of country, not love of another, determines fitness for military service. Who made equal pay for equal work the law of the land. This is the president who saved the American auto industry from extinction, the American financial industry from self-destruction, and the American economy from depression. Who added over 4.5 million private sector jobs in the last two-plus years, more jobs than George W. Bush added in eight.

The list of accomplishments is long, impressive and barely told, even more so when you consider that congressional Republicans have made obstruction itself the centerpiece of their governing strategy. With a record and a vision like that, I will not stand by and let him be bullied out of office, and neither should you, and neither should you and neither should you."

Tomorrow night brings Bill Clinton.

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