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Hillary Rodham Clinton is not a great speaker — but she sucked it up and gave a pretty good acceptance speech Thursday night, July 28. Early in her speech she talked about her mother and father who ended up in Park Ridge, Ill., and sent their daughter to college. Hillary became a political activist, taking part in a movement early on to send children with disabilities to school.
She talks about her mother’s lessons from the Methodist faith that she absorbed — “Do all the good you can, for all the people you can, in all the ways you can, as long as ever you can.” This, she said, inspired her to live a life devoted to social justice. She described an America that needs every one of us. “Stronger Together” is not just a slogan, or history lesson, or campaign slogan — it is a guiding principle, she said.
She wryly told her audience that during her life of public service the service part has always come easier to me than the public.
She then got around to accepting the Democratic nomination for president with humility, determination, and boundless confidence in America’s promise.
Numerous speakers Thursday had lauded that fact that with her nomination Hillary Clinton was breaking a big glass barrier that has kept women out of the presidency for 227 years. Former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, the first female Speaker, praised Hillary. An Arkansas friend, Mary Steenburgen, said that 38 years ago Hillary as president was too much to dream, but tonight it seems very possible.
Exalting that a major barrier would be broken Hillary said any time a barrier falls in America, it clears the way for everyone — no ceilings — the sky’s the limit!
During her speech she launched several zingers at her Republican opponent, Donald Trump. Before listing many solutions to America’s problems that she and Bernie Sanders had worked out, she observed that Trump has zero solutions
She said contractors in Atlantic City lost everything because Trump refused to pay his bills. He just stiffed them.
He buys his ties, suits and picture frames for his company all overseas — He could start by actually making things in America again.
Discussing national security, Trump, she said, claimed he knows more than the Generals do about ISIS — No Donald you don’t!
A man you can bait with a tweet is not a man you can trust with nuclear weapons, Hillary observed.
Discussing her vision for America, she said the criminal justice system would have to be overhauled, overturn Citizens United with a constitutional amendment, create more jobs by repairing infrastructure, open up financing of entrepreneurs, good jobs for the trade industry, free college and community college, debt relief, equal pay for equal work, Wall Street can never be allowed to wreck Main Street again, revise tax laws so corporations can’t take tax breaks with one hand and hand pink slips out with the other, comprehensive immigration reform — because it’s the right thing to do, adopt clean energy jobs to save our planet . . . and the list goes on.
The theme of unity and working together ran through her speech and she ended up saying “Yes, America’s destiny is ours to choose. So let’s be stronger together. Looking to the future with courage and confidence. Building a better tomorrow for our beloved children and our beloved country. When we do, America will be greater than ever.”
To view a transcript of Hillary Clinton’s prepared remarks, as published by the Los Angeles Times, click HERE.
— Caroll Lucas