Monday, July 26, 2004

The Difference Between Them and Us

Democrats and Republicans have very different, and deeply felt ideas about what choices we should make, rooted in fundamentally different views of how we should meet our common challenges at home and how we should play our role in the world.

We Democrats want to build a world and an America of shared responsibilities and shared benefits. We want a world with more global cooperation, where we act alone only when we absolutely have to. We think the role of government should be to give people the tools and to create the conditions to make the most of their lives, and we think everybody should have that chance.

On the other hand, the Republicans in Washington believe that America should be run by the right people–their people–in a world in which America acts unilaterally when we can, and cooperates when we have to. They believe the role of government is to concentrate wealth and power in the hands of those who embrace their economic, political, and social views, leaving ordinary citizens to fend for themselves on important matters like health care and retirement security.

Now since most Americans are not that far to the right, our friends have to portray us Democrats as simply unacceptable, lacking in strength and values.

In other words, they need a divided America.

But we don’t.

- Bill Clinton, Democratic National Convention, July 26, 2004
(transcribed from the live broadcast)
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