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Wednesday July 28, 2004

28th July 2004

Wednesday July 28, 2004

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A quote  from the Democratic National Conventions-

For alongside our famous individualism, there’s another ingredient in the American saga. A belief that we are connected as one people. If there’s a child on the south side of Chicago who can’t read, that matters to me, even if it’s not my child. If there’s a senior citizen somewhere who can’t pay for her prescription and has to choose between medicine and the rent, that makes my life poorer, even if it’s not my grandmother. If there’s an Arab American family being rounded up without benefit of an attorney or due process, that threatens my civil liberties. It’s that fundamental belief — I am my brother’s keeper, I am my sister’s keeper — that makes this country work. It’s what allows us to pursue our individual dreams, yet still come together as a single American family. “E pluribus unum.” Out of many, one.

Yet even as we speak, there are those who are preparing to divide us, the spin masters and negative ad peddlers who embrace the politics of anything goes. Well, I say to them tonight, there’s not a liberal America and a conservative America — there’s the United States of America. There’s not a black America and white America and Latino America and Asian America; there’s the United States of America. The pundits like to slice-and-dice our country into Red States and Blue States; Red States for Republicans, Blue States for Democrats. But I’ve got news for them, too. We worship an awesome God in the Blue States, and we don’t like federal agents poking around our libraries in the Red States. We coach Little League in the Blue States and have gay friends in the Red States. There are patriots who opposed the war in Iraq and patriots who supported it. We are one people, all of us pledging allegiance to the stars and stripes, all of us defending the United States of America.

-Barack Obama, Democratic U.S. Senate candidate from Illinois

And Bill Clinton’s speech…all I can say is WOW.  I didn’t remember him being that good of an orator.  That speech was truly one of the best I have ever heard.  I  wasn’t even all that interested in watching the convention but happened to flip on the tv as he was coming to the podium and decided to see if it was interesting.  I was riveted.  I see now why they use the word charismatic to describe him.

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  1. 1 On July 29th, 2004, home.aspx?user=LikeWowMom said:

    Thanks for sharing both of those great speeches!

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