I will join the general praise. Hillary ROCKED THE HOUSE last night at the DNCC.
She struck all the right notes. She threaded everything together. One can't help but love the personal stories — and her exhortation to her followers — are you working for ME or are you working for THEM?
The closing Harriet Tubman reference was BRILLIANT. Not only because she joined a woman's achievement with African American achievement, but because it’s true — if you read Jane Mayer’s new book on how Bush et al have undermined our civil liberties, you will see the dogs of despotism are truly howling and barking behind us — not quite on our heels — far enough away that some of us can ignore the sound, close enough that we should all be afraid. I’ll paraphrase Hillary quoting Tubman here:
“If you hear the dogs barking, keep going. If you hear them yelling after you, keep going. If you see the lights behind you, keep going. If you want a taste of freedom, keep going.”
Or as Thomas Jefferson said:
“The price of freedom is eternal vigilance.”
We’ve come to just such a crossroads in our country’s history. Perhaps the speakers at the DNCC aren’t outlining forcefully enough just how dire things are bc they are courting critical independents and swing voters. (Although if you are actually listening to the speeches instead of the cablenets, you'll hear some pretty forceful language.)
But a vote for McCain is a vote for the forces of darkness, a vote for the status quo, an endorsement of the government of the last eight years.
Hillary gets this. She expressed this. She told everyone -- put aside any differences and vote for the future of our country.
Whew. Screed over.
(But, p.s., did anyone other than me notice that Ellie Smeal, head of the Feminist Majority Foundation and, arguably, one of the strongest heads of NOW, was seated behind Biden and Michelle Obama? So she was in all the cutaways. Brilliant piece of orchestration by the DNC (if that’s what it was — Ele is such a street fighter that she may have gotten that seat on her own).
Cheers — later — can’t wait to see/hear/read more.