Today, in Boston’s historic Faneuil Hall, Senator John Kerry laid out a plan for a 21st Century economic strategy for America’s middle class in a globalized world. His plan included universal health care, tax reform, green jobs, home ownership, and a renewal of the international labor movement. Note to the ’08 Democratic candidates for president… Read carefully… This IS what America needs to hear…
Below are John Kerry’s remarks as prepared for delivery:
Thank you for coming. Gathering here is special – Faneuil Hall is more than an historic building. This birthplace of American freedom has also been a keeper of the American conscience. Here, where we assemble today, abolitionists dreamed of and demanded a nation that would live out its founding ideal that all are created equal. From the fight for women’s suffrage to the fight against Fascism, from McCarthyism to civil rights to Vietnam, these walls have rung with words of honor, dissent, courage, and principle.
In the last decades, we’ve worked hard to live up to that heritage even if sometimes we’ve fallen short of it—or of victory. I began my presidential campaign here – and three years ago next month, I ended it here, and yes, the loss still exacts its price.
And I’m not talking about me. I’m talking about all the hard working families whose lives would’ve been better, all the young American soldiers whose lives were and are on the line, and all those—here and across the world—who yearn to see America move in a new direction.
So on that hard November afternoon, I had no doubt of one thing: my resolve, as I said then, “that what we started in this campaign will not end here.” I pledged that, rather than walk away, “in the years ahead” in whatever was ahead for me, I would “fight on for the people and for the principles that I’ve learned and lived with here in Massachusetts.” And that’s exactly what together we are doing. Read more…
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