TheThisRepublican narrativeis that all
this alternative universe
says that every oneof usin this roomwhoamountamountsto anythingare
, we’re all
completelyself-made. One of ourthegreatestchairmen theDemocraticChairmenParty ever had, Bob
used to say thateveryeverpolitician wantsyouevery voterto
believe he was born in a log cabin he built himself , but . (Laughter, applause.) But, as Straussthen admitted,
it ain’t so.
(Laughter.) We Democrats
wethink the country works better with a strong middle class,withreal
opportunities for poorpeoplefolksto work their way into itand
witharelentless focus on the future, with business and governmentactuallyworking together topromote growth and broadlysharedshareprosperity.We thinkYou see, we believe that
“we’re allin this together” is a
hy than “you’re on your own.”
(Cheers, applause.) It is.
right?(Cheers.)Well,since 1961,for 52 years now,the Republicans have held
the White House 28 years, the Democrats,24. In those 52 years, ourprivateeconomyhas
produced 66 million private sector jobs.
the jobsjobscore? Republicans,24 million,;Democrats,42(million!). (Cheers,
Now, there’s —
there’s a reason for this.
It turns out that advancing equalopportunity and economic empowerment is both morally right and good economics, because.(Cheers, applause.) Why? Because poverty,discrimination, povertyand ignorance restrict
. (Cheers, applause.) When you stifle human potential, when you don’t invest in
new ideas, it
doesn’t just cut off the people who are affected; it hurts us all. (Cheers, applause.)
We know thatinvestments in education, andinfrastructure and scientific and technological
research increaseit, creating moregrowth. They increasegood jobs,andthey createnew wealth
for allthe restof us.(Cheers, applause.)
Now, there’s something I’ve noticed lately. You probably have too. And it’s this. Maybe
just because I grew up in a different time, but thoughI often disagree with Republicans, Iactuallynever learned to hate them the way the far right that now controls their party seems tohatePresident Obamaour presidentandthea lot of otherDemocrats.After all,I
that would be impossible for me becausePresident Eisenhower sent federal troops