Thursday, August 28, 2008

Bill Clinton Smacks it Out of The Park

Former President Bill Clinton showed why he is one of the most persuasive speakers in Politics at The Democratic National Convention in Denver last night. President Clinton publicly buried the hatchet with Senator Obama stating that the election of Senator Obama will have his full support.

After the necessary conciliatory remarks about supporting Obaa President Clinton listed a litany of Democratic Ideals that should prevail after eight years of the devastation that has been created by the current Republican Administration. President Clinton spelled out the reasons why we can not afford a John McCain Presidency with these simple eloquent lines:

"Our 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.

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.

Our position in the world has been weakened by too much unilateralism and too little cooperation; a perilous dependence on imported oil; a refusal to lead on global warming; a growing indebtedness and a dependence on foreign lenders; a severely burdened military; a backsliding on global non-proliferation and arms control agreements; and a failure to consistently use the power of diplomacy, from the Middle East to Africa to Latin America to Central and Eastern Europe.

Clearly, the job of the next President is to rebuild the American Dream and restore America's standing in the world."

It is about time that Democrats have started to criticize the path that this Country has been led onto by the current Republican Corporatist Administration which John McCain will continue. President Clinton clearly stated why we as a Nation can not bear another four years of this Republican travesty.

"Look at the example the Republicans have set: American workers have given us consistently rising productivity. They've worked harder and produced more. What did they get in return? 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. American families by the millions are struggling with soaring health care costs and declining coverage. I will never forget the parents of children with autism and other severe conditions who told me on the campaign trail that they couldn't afford health care and couldn't qualify their kids for Medicaid unless they quit work or got a divorce. Are these the family values the Republicans are so proud of? What about the military families pushed to the breaking point by unprecedented multiple deployments? What about the assault on science and the defense of torture? What about the war on unions and the unlimited favors for the well connected? What about Katrina and cronyism?"

The Obama Campaign would do well to splice up this remarkable speech by Bill Clinton and produce commercials to run Nationally from now until the election. The only down side of the Clinton Speech was that it brought home the realization of how far American could have gone if he had not been caught up in the impeachment games of the Republicans. It also highlighted the difference between the Democrats and Republicans, the Republicans tried to find any reason to start impeachment proceedings against Bill Clinton, and the Democrats with all the reasons in the world to impeach Bush and Cheney failed to take any action.

Hopefully, the eloquence of the Bill Clinton Speech will plant a seed in the Democrats and make them realize that they must not only respond to the phony of the Republicans but they must take aggressive action to point out the wrongs that the Republicans have done to our Nation.

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