We believe in a — We believe — We believe in privacy for people, openness by government. Mario Cuomo Offers Tale of Two Cities in 1984 DNC Speech Then New York Gov. But now the primaries are over and it is time, when we pick our candidates and our platform here, to lock arms and move into this campaign together. Less than halfway through his first term as governor, Cuomo was widely celebrated for the speech, and he … But we lost 279 young Americans in Lebanon and He gave the speech at a Democratic Convention. Now, we should not -- we should not be embarrassed or dismayed or chagrined And in order to succeed, we must answer our opponent's polished and other thing, a nearly 200 billion dollar deficit threatening our future. We — Our — Our government — Our government should be able to rise to the level where it can fill the gaps that are left by chance or by a wisdom we don't fully understand. more homeless -- more homeless than at any time since You know, the Republicans called it "trickle-down" when Hoover tried it. it. by marrying common sense and compassion. During Mario Cuomo's speech during the democratice national convention, one prominent piece of the text that I found was the idea of American being a "tale of two cities". lives away to drug dealers every day. We still believe in this nation's future. Now, we must make the American people understand this deficit because they don't. Governor Mario Cuomo (D-NY) delivered the keynote address at the 1984 Democratic National Convention. anywhere to provide what reasonably we might, to avoid pain, is our failure. Inflation was reduced the old-fashioned way: with a for their children evaporate. In many ways we are a shining city on a hill. people who sleep in the city streets, in the gutter, where the glitter doesn't show. Ever since Franklin Roosevelt lifted himself from his wheelchair to Of course Democrats believe that there are times that we must stand and fight. How large is it? We believe in only the government we need, but we insist on all the government we need. together. Think about it practically: What chance would the Republican candidate have had in 1980 if he had told the American people that he intended to pay for his so-called economic recovery with bankruptcies, unemployment, more homeless, more hungry, and the largest government debt known to humankind? Now, we will have no chance to do that if what comes out of this convention is a babel of arguing voices. speak for senior citizens. We know we can, because we did it for nearly 50 years before 1980. aspirations into practical realities. Cuomo’s keynote speech at the 1984 Democratic convention stirred that party. And the Now they call it "supply side." fulfilled the promises he made four years ago. So, here we are at this convention to remind ourselves where we come from and to claim the future for ourselves and for our children. Inflation -- Inflation is down since 1980, but not because of the supply-side miracle And we'll do it not so much with speeches that sound good as with speeches it seems to me, in the Middle East -- the one democracy there, our flesh and blood Mario Cuomo gave a keynote speech at the 1984 Democratic National Convention. And, ladies and gentlemen, it is a debt so large — that is almost one-half of the money we collect from the personal income tax each year goes just to pay the interest. This nation and this Ultimately, Cuomo decided against a run, choosing instead to focus on budgetary issues closer to home in New York. better than death. We must make -- We must into its governmental commandments the simple rule "thou shalt not sin against Articles. dissident sounds from all sides, we will have no chance to tell our message. -- That we still judge people … Attacking the Reagan administration for its "New Federalism" while describing America as "a tale of two cities," Cuomo took the country by storm with his command of the language and his ability to portray what Virgil once described as "the tears of things" (lacrimae rerum). We democrats a sound defense without depriving ourselves of what we need to feed our children and care We Democrats must unite so that the entire nation can unite, because surely the Republicans won't bring this country together. [beckons Alliance for Progress; January 02, 2015. the capital and contracts that they need to prove their worth. for the good of all, feeling one another's pain, sharing one another's blessings convention is a babel of arguing voices. States, a Democrat born not to the blood of kings but to the blood of pioneers and That's not going to be easy. It -- President Carter's last budget had a deficit less than one-third of this Mario Cuomo's 1984 DNC speech, "A Tale of Two Cities." people of every ethnic group, and native Americans -- all those struggling to build their Better Business Bureau Accredited Business. his example. But we lost 279 young Americans in Lebanon and we live behind sand bags in Washington. and hope that economic ambition and charity will do the rest. How For nearly 50 years we carried them all to new levels of comfort, and security, and dignity, even affluence. By creating the largest defense budget in Our -- Our policy -- Our foreign policy drifts with no real direction, other than an Thousands of us And in between is the heart of our constituency — the middle class, the people not rich enough to be worry-free, but not poor enough to be on welfare; the middle class — those people who work for a living because they have to, not because some psychiatrist told them it was a convenient way to fill the interval between birth and eternity. mortgage on our children's future that can be paid only in pain and that could bring this The College of Saint Rose 3/20/89 (Death Penalty) 1992 Nominating Speech, Democratic National Convention. But what about foreign policy? me instead use this valuable opportunity to deal immediately with the questions that should direction and purpose, but constantly innovating, adapting to new realities: that believes that -- that the laws against discrimination against people go too far; We what falls from the table will be enough for the middle class and those who are trying WATCH: Mario Cuomo's Speech At The 1984 Democratic Convention : The Two-Way The speech catapulted Cuomo onto the national scene and cemented the … https://mashable.com/2015/01/02/mario-cuomo-1984-speech-video-transcript Cuomo turned down the opportunity to run for President and the opportunity to sit on the Supreme Court. And there are people who sleep in the city streets, in the gutter, where the glitter doesn't show. And we'll do it not so much with speeches that sound good as with speeches that are good and sound; not so much with speeches that will bring people to their feet as with speeches that will bring people to their senses. candidate have had in 1980 if he had told the American people that he intended to pay for We can build a future that deals with our deficit. with speeches that will bring people to their senses. How did he We believe in civil rights, and we believe in human rights. better? We must get the American public to look past the glitter, beyond the showmanship to the reality, the hard substance of things. But I'm afraid not. They said that they would make us and the whole world safer. Now don't take my word for it -- I'm a Democrat. And we will have America's first woman Vice President, the child of immigrants, and she — she — she will open with one magnificent stroke, a whole new frontier for the United States. We believe we must be the family of America, recognizing that at the heart of the matter we are bound one to another, that the problems of a retired school teacher in Duluth are our problems; that the future of the child — that the future of the child in Buffalo is our future; that the struggle of a disabled man in Boston to survive and live decently is our struggle; that the hunger of a woman in Little Rock is our hunger; that the failure anywhere to provide what reasonably we might, to avoid pain, is our failure. told them it was a convenient way to fill the interval between birth and eternity. In a statement issued Thursday, President Barack Obama called Cuomo a "determined champion of progressive values, and an unflinching voice for tolerance, inclusiveness, fairness, dignity and opportunity," following the former New York governor's passing. How much more acid rain killing our forests and fouling our lakes? themselves, their families, and their futures. Today our great Democratic Party, which has saved this nation from depression, from fascism, from racism, from corruption, is called upon to do it again — this time to save the nation from confusion and division, from the threat of eventual fiscal disaster, and most of all from the fear of a nuclear holocaust. he's done. Now, if -- if July -- if July brings back We speak for millions of reasoning people fighting Maybe — Maybe, Mr. President. Their policies divide the nation into the lucky and the left-out, into the royalty and the rabble. We believe we must be the family of America, recognizing that at the It is a deficit that, according to the President's own fiscal adviser, may grow But there's another city; there's another part to the shining the city; the part where some people can't pay their mortgages, and most young people can't afford one; where students can't afford the education they need, and middle-class parents watch the dreams they hold for their children evaporate. Maybe -- Maybe, Mr. President. describes better than most textbooks and any speech that I could write what a proper We talked about the Tale of Two Cities and talked about the division in society, that there's one set of rules for the wealthy and the powerful, and then there's another reality for the poor and for the voiceless. 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