Sitting on Someone's Shoulders
by Steve Payne
says: what if the last twenty-five years was just a bad dream? Please
note that the opinions expressed in this post do not necessarily reflect the
views of the author(s).
July 18th 1988:
in a dreadful speech which lasted for so long that some delegates began
booing to get him to finish, Arkansas Governor Bill Clinton placed Jesse
Jackson's name in nomination at the Democratic Party Convention on this day
in Atlanta, Georgia.
"The sons and daughters of slavemasters and the sons
and daughters of slaves, sitting together around a common table"
Texas State Treasurer Ann Richards made a more lasting
impression by comparing the origins of Jackson, "a nobody who had no
daddy" with his likely adversary in November, Vice President Bush who "was
born with a silver foot in his mouth". For surely his "testament to the
struggles of those who have gone before" was truly an American story every
bit as epic as George Washington's victory at Trenton.
"But we're really standing on someone's shoulders.
Ladies and gentlemen, Mrs. Rosa Parks -- the mother of the civil rights
movement. endured pain, anxiety, threat, and fear. But they have been
strengthened and made secure by our faith in God, in America, and in you."And
yet Jackson really seized the moment for the Rainbow Coalition by boldly
welcoming "the sons and daughters of slavemasters and the sons and
daughters of slaves, sitting together around a common table". The
nomination was dedicated to the mother of the civil rights movement Rosa
Parks, and former President Jimmy Carter for his unwavering commitment to
peace in the world.
These words would find refresh resonance some two years later, when
President Jackson would find a peaceful resolution to the Persian Gulf
Crisis through dialogue with Saddam Hussein. That remarkable achievement
would open the way to negotiations between Israel and Palestine to discuss
the status of Jerusalem, "a small village that became the birthplace for
three great religions -- Judaism, Christianity, and Islam".
By then, George Bush was in the grandfather business, and
Ann Richards the Governor of Texas, having consigned Bush's playboy son to a
crushing defeat in the gubernatorial election.
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