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Response to mtnsnake (Original post)

Thu Apr 25, 2019, 08:34 AM

9. It was a call to battle to protect America's core principles!

 

And a reminder to the nation of what they and we are.

Joe used Trump's name as shorthand for the enormous threats to us from the powers gathered against us on the right. What's happening is so much bigger than just Trump.

Here's what Joe said:

Charlottesville, Virginia is home to the author of one of the great documents in human history.

We know it by heart:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights.


Weíve heard it so often, itís almost a clichť. But itís who we are. We also havenít always lived up to these ideals ó Thomas Jefferson himself didnít.

But we have never before walked away from them.

Charlottesville is also home to a defining moment for this nation in the last few years. It was there, in August of 2017, that we saw Klansmen, white supremacists, and neo-Nazis come out into the open ó their crazed faces illuminated by torches, veins bulging, bearing the fangs of racism. They chanted the same anti-Semitic and racist bile heard across Europe in the 1930s and 40s.

They were met by a courageous group of Americans, and a violent clash ensued. A brave young woman lost her life.

And thatís when we heard words from the President of the United States that stunned the world and shocked the conscience of our nation. He said there were some ďvery fine people on both sides.Ē

ďVery fine people on both sides.Ē

With those words, the President of the United States assigned a moral equivalence between those spreading hate and those with the courage to stand against it. And in that moment, I knew the threat to this nation was unlike any I had seen in my lifetime. I wrote at the time that we were in the battle for the soul of this nation. That is even more true today.

We are in a battle for the soul of this nation.

I believe history will look back on four years of this president ó and all he embraces ó as an aberrant moment in time. But if we give Donald Trump eight years in the White House he will forever and fundamentally alter the character of this nation. Who we are.

I cannot stand by and watch that happen.

The core values of this nation ó our standing in the world, our very democracy and everything that has made us who we are ó are at stake.

Thatís why today Iím announcing my candidacy for President of the United States.

Folks, America is an idea. An idea thatís stronger than any army, bigger than any ocean, more powerful than any dictator or tyrant. It gives hope to the most desperate people on earth. It guarantees everyone is treated with dignity. It gives hate no safe harbor.

And it instills in every single person in this country the belief that no matter where they start in life thereís nothing that you canít achieve if you work at it.

Thatís what we believe. And above all else ó thatís whatís at stake in this election.

We canít forget what happened in Charlottesville.

Even more important, we have to remember who we are.

This is America.


If I were to vote in a presidential
primary today, I would vote for:
Joe Biden

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