It made for a pretty long video -- even edited down -- but Bill Clinton's speech last night was not only pretty long but very compelling. His subject was the progressive movement and how it is moving forward with real momentum now -- something, he explained, that really is a product of the reality that America is changing dramatically.
As we become more and more multicultural, he observed, the nation naturally will become more communitarian in how it approaches problems and will increasingly as a result adopt real progressive solutions, while discarding the old fake divisions -- particularly the racial ones -- that have plagued us since our beginnnings. And he offered some thoughts on not only the necessity of keeping that momentum but how we do it.
At one point he was challenged by an audience member who shouted out in protest about Clinton's adoption of the "don't ask don't tell" policy for the military, and Clinton answered sharply and compellingly. It was a reminder of just how strong Clinton can be when dealing with critics.
I'd hoped edit it down to a normal-length video but just couldn't. But the message is well worth the length.
Newstalgia Reference Room with a radio address from 1948 Presidential candidate of the Progressive Party ticket, Henry Wallace. He discusses the state of Big Business and Big Oil in influencing government policy and how the blame is equally shared with Democrats as well as Republicans. Address from July 29, 1948. Read more...