Friday, July 29, 2016

My convention speech

Not mine! That's the title of the column by Andrew Tobias.. Here are excerpts.

This is the fifth time I’ve had the honor to address you, and each time, I speak about the same two things: money and equality.

First, equality. The Democratic Party has dramatically improved the lives of millions of lesbian, gay, transgender and bisexual Americans. And at no cost to anyone else.

Second, money. The Democratic Party is the party of Social Security, Federally Insured bank accounts, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, unions, the minimum wage, Pell grants — and so much more that’s helped lift the American middle class.

The economy does significantly better under Democrats. And so do investors. The stock market tripled under Bill Clinton and has more than doubled since Barack Obama took office. And listen to this: If you had started in 1921 with $10,000 and invested it in the market only in the 48 years that REPUBLICANS held the White House, it would have grown – not counting dividends — to less than $50,000. But to more than $600,000 in the 48 years Democrats held the White House!

And the stock market does better under Dems, more jobs are created, and the national debt shrinks!

But money isn’t everything. The freedom to be who you are and love who you love without fear or oppression are even more important.

In 1993, Bill and Hillary Clinton let the world know that the President of the United States and First Lady had a vision of America that included equality for gays and lesbians. It’s easy to forget what a huge deal this was. How unprecedented it was. It gave space for governors and mayors and university presidents and CEO’s to come out openly in favor of equality, too. It gave space for moms and dads and celebrities and friends and neighbors and co-workers and enlightened clergy to embrace their fellow Americans. Love is love. We are stronger together.

In the years since 1993, we have made almost unimaginable progress — with Republicans fighting us every step of the way.

Vote for equality, my friends. Vote for prosperity. Vote for my amazing friend Hillary.

(And click here.)

h/t Jean Vickers

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