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Democratic Convention Tidbits to Remember for November
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Denver- The Democratic ticket is now set.
Barak Obama and Joe Biden are the ticket of change, but before any changes occur, there are some tidbits to remember for November.
The job of the next President is to rebuild the American Dream and restore America’s standing in the world.
American voters must not forget key messages that call on each one casting a ballot to set aside the bitterness and take an honest look at what’s really at stake in America.
Key talking points in several speeches must remain on the forefront and Democrats, independents and the undecided cannot afford to walk away and forget the clear images of a nation needing a cure for its ills.
The Pressing Issues at Hand:
At the convention, former President Bill Clinton pointed out that the nation is in trouble on two fronts: The American Dream is under siege at home, and America’s leadership in the world has been weakened.
On the domestic front a host of problems have citizens under siege. Of those, Clinton said middle class and low-income Americans are hurting, with incomes declining; job losses, poverty and inequality rising; mortgage foreclosures and credit card debt increasing; health care coverage disappearing; and a big spike in the cost of food, utilities, and gasoline.
The financial health of the country is in jeopardy going from record surpluses to an exploding national debt; from over 22 million new jobs down to 5 million; from an increase in working family incomes of $7,500 to a decline of more than $2,000; from almost 8 million Americans moving out of poverty to more than 5 and a half million falling into poverty – and millions more losing their health insurance.
According to Clinton, American workers have bore the brunt of the setbacks, pain and heartache of the failed policies of the Bush Administration and a stagnant economy.
He also pointed out that American workers have given us consistently rising productivity, but despite it American families by the millions are struggling with soaring health care costs and declining coverage.
“They’ve worked harder and produced more. What did they get in return,” he said. “Declining wages, less than ¼ as many new jobs as in the previous eight years, smaller health care and pension benefits, rising poverty and the biggest increase in income inequality since the 1920s.”
Other issues adding insult to injury include a Supreme Court in a right-wing headlock and the government in partisan gridlock. The nation is facing its biggest national deficit in history and the government is borrowing money from the Chinese to buy oil from the Saudis and our position in the world has been weakened by too much “cowboy diplomacy” and too little cooperation with other nations.
Vice Presidential nominee Sen. Joe Biden reminded us that these nightmares are being replayed and relived day in and day out as millions of Americans are being forced to ask profound questions they never thought they would have to ask such as:
* Should mom move in with us now that dad is gone?
* Fifty, sixty, seventy dollars to fill up the car?
* Winter’s coming. How we gonna pay the heating bills?
* Another year and no raise?
* Did you hear the company may be cutting our health care?
* Now, we owe more on the house than it’s worth. How are we going to send the kids to college?
* How are we gonna be able to retire?
“That’s the America that George Bush has left us, and that’s the future John McCain will give us,” Biden reminded America. “These are not isolated discussions among families down on their luck. These are common stories among middle-class people who worked hard and played by the rules on the promise that their tomorrows would be better than their yesterdays.”
Are You Better Off Now Than Before?
Without change, former presidential candidate and Sen. Hillary Clinton shared some frightening truths about four years of a McCain presidency.
*More economic stagnation …and less affordable health care.
* More high gas prices …and less alternative energy.
*More jobs getting shipped overseas …and fewer jobs created here.
*More skyrocketing debt ...home foreclosures …and mounting bills that are crushing our middle class families.
*More war . . . less diplomacy.
*More of a government where the privileged come first …and everyone else comes last.
Simply put, “We don’t need four more years . . . of the last eight years” she said
Changing the Course
First, be united, honest, unselfish and true to your belief.
Clinton reminds us to think and ask ourselves now and before we pull that lever in the voting booth.
“Were you in this campaign just for me? Or were you in it for that young Marine and others like him? Were you in it for that mom struggling with cancer while raising her kids? Were you in it for that boy and his mom surviving on the minimum wage? Were you in it for all the people in this country who feel invisible?”
This election is not about quitting, Hillary Clinton put it best when she said we are Americans and we're not big on quitting.
Recalling the words of Harriett Tubman, it reminds Democrats not to lose hope amidst the challenges and right-wing attacks on the character, proposals and policies of Barak Obama.
Tubman, a Black woman, risked her life to shepherd slaves along the Underground Railroad and had one piece of advice doing it.
”If you hear the dogs, keep going”.
”If you see the torches in the woods, keep going.”
”If they're shouting after you, keep going.”
”Don't ever stop. Keep going”.
”If you want a taste of freedom, keep going.”
“This is a fight for the future,” Clinton said. “It’s a fight we must win.”
Take these tidbits and her advice and remember in November.
Heed the call for Democrats to come together, stand together and finish the race united.