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Empowerer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-18-11 10:40 PM
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58. You think THIS is a joke?
Last Friday, I had the experience in Detroit of hearing President George Bush make a speech. And in the speech, he asked certain questions. I hope he's watching tonight. I would like to answer your questions, Mr. President.. . .

Mr. President, I heard you say Friday that you had questions for voters, particularly African-American voters. And you asked the question: Did the Democratic Party take us for granted? Well, I have raised questions. But let me answer your question.
You said the Republican Party was the party of Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. It is true that Mr. Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, after which there was a commitment to give 40 acres and a mule.
. . .

We didn't get the mule. So we decided we'd ride this donkey as far as it would take us.

Mr. President, you said would we have more leverage if both parties got our votes, but we didn't come this far playing political games. It was those that earned our vote that got our vote.

We got the Civil Rights Act under a Democrat.

We got the Voting Rights Act under a Democrat.

We got the right to organize under Democrats.

Mr. President, the reason we are fighting so hard, the reason we took Florida so seriously, is our right to vote wasn't gained because of our age. Our vote was soaked in the blood of martyrs, soaked in the blood of good men, soaked in the blood of four little girls in Birmingham. This vote is sacred to us. This vote can't be bargained away. This vote can't be given away.

Mr. President, in all due respect, Mr. President, read my lips: Our vote is not for sale.

And there's a whole generation of young leaders that have come forward across this country that stand on integrity and stand on their traditions, those that have emerged with John Kerry and John Edwards as partners, like Greg Meeks, like Barack Obama, like our voter registration director, Marjorie Harris, like those that are in the trenches.

And we come with strong family values. Family values is not just those with two-car garages and a retirement plan. Retirement plans are good. But family values also are those who had to make nothing stretch into something happening, who had to make ends meet.

I was raised by a single mother who made a way for me. She used to scrub floors as a domestic worker, put a cleaning rag in her pocketbook and ride the subways in Brooklyn so I would have food on the table. But she taught me as I walked her to the subway that life is about not where you start, but where you're going. That's family values.

And I wanted somebody in my community -- I wanted to show that example. As I ran for president, I hoped that one child would come out of the ghetto like I did, could look at me walk across the stage with governors and senators and know they didn't have to be a drug dealer, they didn't have to be a hoodlum, they didn't have to be a gangster, they could stand up from a broken home, on welfare, and they could run for president of the United States.

As you know, I live in New York. I was there September 11th when that despicable act of terrorism happened.

A few days after, I left home, my family had taken in a young man who lost his family. And as they gave comfort to him, I had to do a radio show that morning. When I got there, my friend James Entome said, "Reverend, we're going to stop at a certain hour and play a song, synchronized with 990 other stations."
I said, "That's fine."

He said, "We're dedicating it to the victims of 9/11."

I said, "What song are you playing?"

He said "America the Beautiful." The particular station I was at, the played that rendition song by Ray Charles.

As you know, we lost Ray a few weeks ago, but I sat there that morning and listened to Ray sing through those speakers, "Oh beautiful for spacious skies, for amber waves of grain, for purple mountains' majesty across the fruited plain."

And it occurred to me as I heard Ray singing, that Ray wasn't singing about what he knew, because Ray had been blind since he was a child. He hadn't seen many purple mountains. He hadn't seen many fruited plains. He was singing about what he believed to be.

Mr. President, we love America, not because all of us have seen the beauty all the time.

But we believed if we kept on working, if we kept on marching, if we kept on voting, if we kept on believing, we would make America beautiful for everybody.

Starting in November, let's make America beautiful again.

Thank you. And God bless you.

---Rev. Al Sharpton, Democratic National Convention, July 28, 2004
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  -Sharpton may push Cenk aside on MSNBC bigdarryl  Jul-18-11 11:45 AM   #0 
  - they get an insider in there  Enrique   Jul-18-11 11:49 AM   #1 
  - Good point maybe he was just a test run but I though his ratings were supposed to be high  bigdarryl   Jul-18-11 11:52 AM   #3 
  - Cenk should lose his show. He admits to not being a Dem., said Obama's more conservative than  jenmito   Jul-18-11 11:51 AM   #2 
  - I don't understand.  emcguffie   Jul-18-11 11:57 AM   #4 
  - There are no Obama supporters on television........  FrenchieCat   Jul-18-11 12:00 PM   #5 
  - If he keeps going the way he has, O'reilly will stump for him. nt  Union Scribe   Jul-19-11 07:22 AM   #62 
  - she's right  Enrique   Jul-18-11 12:13 PM   #8 
     - Cenk said some criticism on air about corporations, and included NBC  Enrique   Jul-18-11 12:19 PM   #9 
        - Cenk got embarrassing ratings for MSNBC.  JTFrog   Jul-20-11 06:46 PM   #82 
  - Yes, he's one of the "Progressives" who have Republican-supporting roots  CakeGrrl   Jul-18-11 12:10 PM   #7 
  - use of "quotes"  GillesDeleuze   Jul-18-11 01:06 PM   #13 
  - Try LISTENING to Cenk and then afterward THINK!  vroomvroom   Jul-18-11 03:44 PM   #26 
  - Gee, I thought it was supposed to be a good thing when conservatives see the light  Armstead   Jul-18-11 04:49 PM   #31 
  - I've talked to Cenk about this before  Adenoid_Hynkel   Jul-18-11 10:21 PM   #55 
  - Shows he paid attention in college, unlike a lot.  RedCloud   Jul-20-11 06:21 AM   #70 
  - And yet he now sounds more liberal than the Democratic leadership  Union Scribe   Jul-19-11 07:23 AM   #63 
  - That's all the more reason they'll keep him Jen. n/t  vaberella   Jul-18-11 12:44 PM   #10 
  - "unfairly bashes" = provides strong left based criticism  GillesDeleuze   Jul-18-11 01:05 PM   #12 
  - No-it = misstating Obama's positions on things.  jenmito   Jul-18-11 07:06 PM   #38 
     - how about 1 example?  GillesDeleuze   Jul-19-11 10:32 AM   #69 
  - I think you have got this completely wrong. n/t  Hutzpa   Jul-18-11 01:19 PM   #15 
  - Perhaps you should listen more closely. He does indeed  Fire1   Jul-18-11 06:42 PM   #36 
  - Perhaps YOU should listen more closely. There are times when Al just throws a question out there  jenmito   Jul-18-11 07:04 PM   #37 
     - And Tweety ain't much better. But it's hard to distinguish who  Fire1   Jul-18-11 07:16 PM   #39 
        - Wrong. Chris calls on one person and the other one interrupts. Al doesn't call on  jenmito   Jul-18-11 07:19 PM   #40 
           - I thought that was the problem. That's why you have to listen  Fire1   Jul-18-11 07:30 PM   #41 
              - No, this isn't a "black" problem. This is an Al Sharpton problem. There are several  jenmito   Jul-18-11 07:57 PM   #45 
              - I didn't say it was due to an accent. I said I detected a  Fire1   Jul-18-11 10:20 PM   #54 
                 - I don't know why you're making excuses for him. This is NOT a "black" thing as you and the other  jenmito   Jul-19-11 10:18 AM   #68 
              - Some of the comments in this thread are Exhibit A of why it's difficult  Empowerer   Jul-18-11 09:56 PM   #51 
                 - Well said and I concur. n/t  Fire1   Jul-18-11 10:24 PM   #56 
  - I like Sharpton, he calls it like it is. I hope he does a good job!  secondwind   Jul-18-11 07:42 PM   #43 
  - I like him, too. But he doesn't do a good job unless he's talking off the prompter. n/t  jenmito   Jul-18-11 08:02 PM   #46 
  - Is that a requirement to host, being a registered Democrat?  Union Scribe   Jul-19-11 07:21 AM   #61 
  - WTF! You want to kick off an informed progressive for a cheerleader?  Dawgs   Jul-19-11 07:53 AM   #64 
  - So are only Democrats allowed on MSNBC? Why should admitting to not being a Dem disqualify  totodeinhere   Jul-20-11 11:28 AM   #71 
  - i only watched sharpton because i always watch cenk's show.  ellenfl   Jul-18-11 12:09 PM   #6 
  - Tweety is ancient and been there forever; he doesn't go anywhere. Sharpton is great.  vaberella   Jul-18-11 12:45 PM   #11 
  - I like Sharpton also. He serves A PURPOSE!  secondwind   Jul-18-11 07:43 PM   #44 
  - Good! n/t  Inuca   Jul-18-11 01:10 PM   #14 
  - I don't like Sharpton  center rising   Jul-18-11 01:40 PM   #16 
  - i don't think he does that anymore  Enrique   Jul-18-11 01:43 PM   #17 
  - He used to  Inuca   Jul-18-11 03:05 PM   #22 
  - No he doesn't  Empowerer   Jul-18-11 03:11 PM   #24 
  - You should try watching once...He never does that.  vroomvroom   Jul-18-11 03:47 PM   #27 
  - Cause damn near everything IS about race. n/t  Fire1   Jul-18-11 07:38 PM   #42 
  - He also used to toss out the term 'homo' frequently  Adenoid_Hynkel   Jul-18-11 10:19 PM   #53 
  - That would suck. Cenk is a younger demo. A stupid move for MSNBC.  grahamhgreen   Jul-18-11 01:43 PM   #18 
  - Cenk might target a younger demo but apparently Al had very good ratings in his guest stint.  PragmaticLiberal   Jul-18-11 02:03 PM   #19 
  - When was al on?  grahamhgreen   Jul-18-11 08:26 PM   #48 
  - Not really. His ratings were not that good. For instance, last Friday, the last day he was on,  totodeinhere   Jul-20-11 11:38 AM   #72 
     - Wow - how misleading. Did you cherry pick this one day out of context on purpose?  Empowerer   Jul-20-11 03:14 PM   #74 
     - Nicely done ... n/t  EffieBlack   Jul-20-11 05:07 PM   #76 
     - All your anaysis shows is that Cenk had pathetic ratings whereas Sharpton had only poor ratings.  totodeinhere   Jul-20-11 06:42 PM   #80 
        - Wow - talk about moving the goalposts!  Empowerer   Jul-20-11 07:08 PM   #83 
           - Ok, ok, you make some good points. I will concede that.  totodeinhere   Jul-20-11 07:47 PM   #84 
     - Apparently, MSNBC disagrees with you . . .  Empowerer   Jul-20-11 06:30 PM   #79 
  - Sharpton hits a young demographic, as well  Empowerer   Jul-18-11 02:53 PM   #21 
     - Al has been around forever.  grahamhgreen   Jul-18-11 08:28 PM   #49 
     - What makes you think he hits a young demographic? Last Friday he only got  totodeinhere   Jul-20-11 11:40 AM   #73 
        - See my post above  Empowerer   Jul-20-11 03:31 PM   #75 
           - See my post above. n/t  totodeinhere   Jul-20-11 06:43 PM   #81 
  - That Would Be A Shame...  WiffenPoof   Jul-18-11 02:06 PM   #20 
  - Me too.  Badsam   Jul-18-11 03:27 PM   #25 
  - +1,000  vroomvroom   Jul-18-11 03:47 PM   #28 
  - I like Cenk a lot  PatSeg   Jul-18-11 06:18 PM   #35 
  - +1.  Dawgs   Jul-19-11 07:54 AM   #65 
  - Ezra Klein is doing s great job too  discopants   Jul-18-11 03:07 PM   #23 
  - He comes off as a Weak Kid that'll roll over Easily (ie, a democrat, not a progressive)  vroomvroom   Jul-18-11 03:50 PM   #29 
     - You talk about "progressive" as though it's a political party. It's not.  vaberella   Jul-18-11 08:02 PM   #47 
  - I think Rev. Al is kind of blah as a talk show host.  Vinca   Jul-18-11 04:44 PM   #30 
  - I agree...I love Sharpton when he's a guest. But as a host,, not so much.  Armstead   Jul-18-11 04:52 PM   #32 
  - I hope so. I really enjoy Sharpton and Cenk really put me off. n/t  quiller4   Jul-18-11 05:22 PM   #33 
  - Al Sharpton knows what's up, he's doing a good job so far  flamingdem   Jul-18-11 05:46 PM   #34 
  - Cementing their irrelevance.  TheKentuckian   Jul-18-11 08:47 PM   #50 
  - Al is a fame junkie and a joke  Adenoid_Hynkel   Jul-18-11 10:16 PM   #52 
  - Oh, please . . .  EffieBlack   Jul-18-11 10:26 PM   #57 
  - I'm talking about crap like this  Adenoid_Hynkel   Jul-19-11 01:57 AM   #59 
  - You think THIS is a joke?  Empowerer   Jul-18-11 10:40 PM   #58 
  - What precipitated this talk about Sharpton replacing Cenk?  AtomicKitten   Jul-19-11 04:09 AM   #60 
  - Cenk talks like an informed progressive that isn't a cheerleader.  Dawgs   Jul-19-11 07:56 AM   #66 
  - There are rumors all over the internet about Al replacing Cenk.  PragmaticLiberal   Jul-20-11 05:20 PM   #77 
  - Cenk is not a good host.  falcon97   Jul-19-11 09:48 AM   #67 
  - Cenk's officially out.  PragmaticLiberal   Jul-20-11 05:22 PM   #78 

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