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Tag: democratic national convention

Sep.
6th

I humbly accept . . .

Planning to watch President Obama’s acceptance speech tonight? According to The Associated Press, which got an advance look, he’ll say that “the choice voters face won’t be just between two candidates but between two different paths for the nation. He says he wouldn’t pretend the path he is offering is quick or easy. Obama will also spell out clear goals, including 1 million new manufacturing jobs by the end of 2016 and reducing the deficit by more than $4 trillion over the next decade.”

Will it be a speech to be remembered? Houston Chronicle writer Richard S. Dunham offers his top 10 acceptance speeches by Democratic presidential nominees. That list includes Obama’s 2008 speech.

1. William Jennings Bryan, 1896.

The Boy Orator of the Platte became a populist hero by delivering the famous “Cross of Gold” speech, widely considered the greatest political speech of the 19th century. It cemented the 36-year-old Nebraska lawyer – who had failed to win a Senate seat two years earlier and was compared by critics to the French revolutionary Robespierre – as the dominant Democratic politician for a generation. “In this land of the free,” he told the Chicago convention, “you need fear no tyrant who will spring up from among the people. What we need is an Andrew Jackson to stand as Jackson stood, against the encroachments of aggregated wealth.” Great speech, great speaker, poor presidential candidate. Three losses in three tries.

Highlight: “We will answer their demand for a gold standard by saying to them: You shall not press down upon the brow of labor this crown of thorns; you shall not crucify mankind upon a cross of gold.” Read more »

Sep.
6th

Leonard Pitts Jr. at the convention

We’re running a column by Leonard Pitts Jr. in today’s print edition. He also moved this bonus column, which we’re posting for our online readers.

Walking the gauntlet in Charlotte

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — To reach the Convention Center, you must first walk the gauntlet of dead baby parts.

It’s one of the newer and more gruesome tactics in the fight over reproductive choice, protesters hoisting large color placards depicting aborted fetuses torn in chunks as a group of men preaches an unending sermon on the evils of abortion. As rhetorical tactics go, it is a bludgeon.

The street preachers have other things on their minds, too: Muslims are bad, homosexuals are worse, and if you vote Democrat, you’re going to hell in the fast lane. Also, if you don’t believe as they do, then you don’t know Jesus like they know Jesus.

But always, they return to the medical procedure they deem child murder.
Most people walking to various functions in the Democratic National Convention ignore them. Some don’t. Read more »