Glad the Democrats have quit being sorry
The Kansas City Star
So this was the week when the Democrats finally stopped apologizing. It’s about time.
One speaker after another stood up and boasted about health care reform. They heralded energy independence. They celebrated diversity. They spoke up for a woman’s right to make her own decisions about reproduction. They took a stand against the cynical notion that government is always wrong and the titans of the free market are always right.
Bill Clinton did it all best, of course. No one is better at distilling complicated issues and explaining why the policies so demonized and ridiculed by Republicans are actually good for the nation and its people.
But Kansas City Congressman Emanuel Cleaver got the point across, too, in his fiery address that was more of a sermon than a speech. And so did Julian Castro, the mayor of San Antonio who gave the keynote address. And Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, and U.S. Senate Candidate Elizabeth Warren, and Vice President Joe Biden, who soared above the ridicule he has encountered of late.
Obama’s speech was sober and measured, but he also took his stand for government. “We don’t want handouts for people who refuse to help themselves, and we don’t want bailouts for banks that break the rules. We don’t think government can solve all our problems. But we don’t think that government is the source of all our problems — any more than are welfare recipients, or corporations, or unions, or immigrants, or gays, or any other group we’re told to blame for our troubles.”
Two opinions as the conventions draw to a close: The Democrats had more fun, and they have the deeper talent pool.