There are many takeaways from the Democrat’s 2012 convention. The party appears not just more unified than in years past; it is showing increasing willingness to ignore and repudiate Republican taunts and cheap politics. While many speakers at the DNC were outspoken about the growing class divide in America today, it is highly notable that the most powerful Democrat, President Obama, showed a new firmness and resolve.
What follows are excerpts from his convention speech on such dozen issues.
1. Framing The Race As A Fight For The Middle Class
“Ours is a fight to restore the values that built the largest middle class and the strongest economy the world has ever known -- the values my grandfather defended as a soldier in Patton’s Army, the values that drove my grandmother to work on a bomber assembly line while he was gone.
“My grandparents were given the chance to go to college, buy their own home, and fulfill the basic bargain at the heart of America’s story -- the promise that hard work will pay off, that responsibility will be rewarded, that everyone gets a fair shot and everyone does their fair share and everyone plays by the same rules from Main Street to Wall Street to Washington, D.C.”
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