Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Bernie Makes the Case for Unity (DNC Speech Excerpts)

Bernie Sanders delivered a powerful speech at the Democratic National Convention (DNC) that not only endorsed Hilary Clinton's bid to be the next president of the United States, he delivered a logical rebuke to his supporters who refuse to back Hilary. From the economy to climate change Bernie makes its clear that Hilary is the better choice. He also speaks to the importance of this election and warns us against Democrats who are threatening to stay away from the ballot box this November.

Here are some excerpts from Bernie Sanders' speech at the DNC:

Let me be as clear as I can be. This election is not about, and has never been about, Hillary Clinton, or Donald Trump, or Bernie Sanders or any of the other candidates who sought the presidency. This election is not about political gossip. Its not about polls. Its not about campaign strategy. Its not about fundraising. Its not about all the things the media spends so much time discussing. 

This election is about and must be about the needs of the American people and the kind of future we create for our children and grandchildren.

based on her ideas and her leadership Hillary Clinton must become the next president of the United States. The choice is not even close.

This election is about overturning Citizens United, one of the worst Supreme Court decisions in the history of our country. That decision allows the wealthiest people in America, like the billionaire Koch brothers, to spend hundreds of millions of dollars buying elections and, in the process, undermine American democracy.

Hillary Clinton will nominate justices to the Supreme Court who are prepared to overturn Citizens United and end the movement toward oligarchy in this country. Her Supreme Court appointments will also defend a woman’s right to choose, workers rights, the rights of the LGBT community, the needs of minorities and immigrants and the government’s ability to protect the environment.

If you dont believe this election is important, if you think you can sit it out, take a moment to think about the Supreme Court justices that Donald Trump would nominate and what that would mean to civil liberties, equal rights and the future of our country.

This election is about climate change, the greatest environmental crisis facing our planet, and the need to leave this world in a way that is healthy and habitable for our kids and future generations. Hillary Clinton is listening to the scientists who tell us that unless we act boldly and transform our energy system in the very near future there will be more drought, more floods, more acidification of the oceans, more rising sea levels. She understands that when we do that we can create hundreds of thousands of good-paying jobs.

Donald Trump? Well, like most Republicans, he chooses to reject science. He believes that climate change is a "hoax," no need to address it. Hillary Clinton understands that a presidents job is to worry about future generations, not the short-term profits of the fossil fuel industry.

It is no secret that Hillary Clinton and I disagree on a number of issues. Thats what this campaign has been about. Thats what democracy is about. But I am happy to tell you that at the Democratic Platform Committee there was a significant coming together between the two campaigns and we produced, by far, the most progressive platform in the history of the Democratic Party.

Our job now is to see that platform implemented by a Democratic Senate, a Democratic House and a Hillary Clinton presidency and I am going to do everything I can to make that happen.

Hillary Clinton will make an outstanding president and I am proud to stand with her here tonight.

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