Who Then Will Speak for the Common Good?

  • Who Then Will Speak for the Common Good?

  • Barbara Jordan

    Thank you Ladies and Gentlemen for a very warm reception.

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  • It was one hundred and forty-four years ago, that members of the Democratic Party first met in convention to select a Presidential candidate.

  • Since that time, Democrats have continued to convene once every four years and draft a party platform and nominate a Presidential candidate.

  • And our meeting this week is a continuation of that tradition.

  • But there is something different about tonight.

  • There is something special about tonight.

  • What is different?

  • Barbara Jordan

    What is special?

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  • I, Barbara Jordan, am a keynote speaker.

  • A lot of years passed since 1832, and during that time it would have been most unusual for any national political party to ask that a Barbara Jordan deliver a keynote address.

  • But tonight here I am.

  • And I feel that notwithstanding the past that my presence here is one additional bit of evidence that the American Dream need not forever be deferred.

  • Now that I have this grand distinction what in the world am I supposed to say?

  • Barbara Jordan

    I could easily spend this time praising the accomplishments of this party and attacking the Republicans but I don't choose to do that.

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  • I could list the many problems which Americans have.

  • I could list the problems which cause people to feel cynical, angry, frustrated.

  • Problems which include lack of integrity in government;

  • the feeling that the individual no longer counts;

  • the reality of material and spiritual poverty;