Sadly, Reagan’s narrative, still has credibility and sway over large swaths of our country despite the ample and increasing evidence to the contrary.
The NYT story linked by the image to the left has an associated shortened 8 min edit of Cuomo’s 1984 speech from San Francisco’s Moscone Center. Here is a link to the transcript of the speech.
In this speech Mario strikes the essential cord of the differences between left and right, now and then. It’s a shame he never ran for President.
It’s also a shame Senator Warren will not be running in 2016. Like Governor Cuomo, she has the potential to rally the Democratic base while conveying the important message to the middle class and those striving to get there. C’est la vie.
Here’s an admittedly imperfection-blurring view of Democrats v Republicans from Mario’s 1984 convention keynote.
The difference between Democrats and Republicans has always been measured in courage and confidence. The Republicans — The Republicans believe that the wagon train will not make it to the frontier unless some of the old, some of the young, some of the weak are left behind by the side of the trail. “The strong” — “The strong,” they tell us, “will inherit the land.”
We Democrats believe in something else. We democrats believe that we can make it all the way with the whole family intact, and we have more than once. Ever since Franklin Roosevelt lifted himself from his wheelchair to lift this nation from its knees — wagon train after wagon train — to new frontiers of education, housing, peace; the whole family aboard, constantly reaching out to extend and enlarge that family; lifting them up into the wagon on the way; blacks and Hispanics, and people of every ethnic group, and native Americans — all those struggling to build their families and claim some small share of America.
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