Will you stand up for an energy policy by dictated by the profits of big oil companies, an environmental policy not written by the polluters?
Can we have the backbone to stand up for these 37 mil people, to stand up for millions of children who are worried about having food, who are worried about having a decent place to live, who are worried about having a decent life in front of them? Will we have the courage to stand up for these kids who need us to stand up for them, and all these forgotten Americans across the country who need us? It's who we are. We cannot walk away from our people. We cannot walk away from the heart and soul of what the Democratic Party is and should be.
And so I ask you now, will you stand up for that man in the emergency room who's holding his eight year old daughter, will you stand up for him, will you stand up with him? Will you stand up for that boy half a world away holding his 2 year old sister on his chest? Will you stand up with that young man who wants to go to college, but can't get the chance to go? And will you stand up with mothers and fathers who have children serving in Afghanistan and Iraq? Will you stand up for them? Will you stand up for America?
We have always been the party who stood with working men and women, we have always been the party that stood with the needy, we have always been the party who stood with the frail, with the children, with the elderly. It's who we are. Brothers and sisters, in times like these, we don't need to redefine the Democratic Party, we need to reclaim the Democratic Party.
I keep typing explanations only to screw it up. I need to leave in a few, so I'll leave it at that for now.
I understand that, and I've tried to explain, but that's not the way his supporters seem to think of it. They think he is unique in his capabilities and ideas. He is not.
And "post-political" and "post-partisan" stuff is bullshit. The "factional warfare" has always taken place and will never be removed so long as our government still has any shred of democracy.
If FDR was in the race I'd ditch Edwards in a second, though FDR was a warmonger. I have no special love for Edwards, I just want someone with the right platform, who says things in the right way, who can run the right campaign. FDR did that in 1936, when he made the convention speech I quoted.
...An old English judge once said: "Necessitous men are not free men." Liberty requires opportunity to make a living-a living decent according to the standard of the time, a living which gives man not only enough to live by, but something to live for...
...We do not see faith, hope and charity as unattainable ideals, we use them as stout supports of a Nation fighting the fight for freedom in a modern civilization.
Faith-faith in the soundness of democracy in the midst of dictatorships.
Hope-hope renewed because we know so well the progress we have made.
And charity-charity in the true spirit of that grand old word. For charity literally translated from the original means love, the love that understands, that does not merely share... the wealth of the giver, but in true sympathy and wisdom... helps men to help themselves.
We seek not merely to make Government a mechanical implement, but to give it the vibrant personal character that is the very embodiment of human charity.
We are poor indeed if this Nation cannot afford to lift from every recess of American life the dread fear of the unemployed that they are not needed in the world. We cannot afford to accumulate a deficit in the books of human fortitude.
And so in the place of the palace of privilege we seek to build a temple out of faith and hope and charity...
...Better the occasional faults of a Government that lives in a spirit of charity than the consistent omissions of a Government frozen in the ice of its own indifference.
There is a mysterious cycle in human events. To some generations much is given. Of other generations much is expected. This generation of Americans has a rendezvous with destiny...
Give me a Democrat who can say what he did in 1936, and I'll vote for them, not because it was pragmatic, but because it is what a good Democrat should say. To me, Edwards comes the closest. That's all I can say.