That's a speech that could be given today. That's a speech that should be given today. Because that's what the Democratic Party, the one I've belonged to since I could vote always stood for: the working class, the middle class, the ordinary American, who expects and deserves a fair shake. Not the grifters on Wall St. Not the insurance companies or Big Pharma or the hundreds of other special intersts that have elbowed their way in line, demanding and getting first dibs.
This was a party to be proud of. This was the party I thought I knew before I, too, was called a racist, a whore, a deadender, a bitch.
I want my party back, damn it!
posted by Anonymous : 7:37 AM
"I want my party back, damn it!" Naw! the 'bots, Nancy, Harry, and Rahm can keep it and I'll keep the money I was going to send them for 2010.
posted by Mr Mike : 8:34 AM
Thank you for posting this video reminder of what the Democratic Party used to stand for. It's heartbreaking.
posted by Anonymous : 8:46 AM
"I, too, was called a racist, a whore, a deadender, a bitch."
I voted for Shirley Chisholm once upon a time. Yeah, I'm that old. I, too, would fit and did fit the racist label-- and I got it from people I had known for years and from complete strangers-- just because I preferred a real Democrat instead of the GOP-lite monster we have.
Me too. Most folks know I live in the ninth ward in New Orleans. If I wouldn't vote for a black person, I'd never get the opportunity to vote at all. I've voted for black mayors, black city council men, black congressmen, black state senators and legislators, black DAs, all up and down the ticket. I've worked on local races for black candidates. That term was thrown around like a string of cheap beads on Mardi Gras. It'll come back and bite some in the ass too. Every one groans when they hear it now so when it's aptly applied, it'll be ignored. Damn shame!
In 207/8 I said to my friends that Obama was a fake and I got laughed at and called names. I also said that if people were so gung ho for voting a black guy they should have voted for Jesse Jackson. I have had the privilege of meeting Jesse Jackson in 2008 when he visited my city( I live in England). He's a good person. He cares about poor people of all damn colours becase he gets it.
But alas, Jesse is too black, too angry, too scary to appeal to the stupid college kids and latte liberals that shoved Obama on the world's throat.