Dick Gephardt on Principles & Values
Democratic Representative (MO-3); Former Democratic Candidate for President
A: I favor the retention of the words "under God." In the House of Representatives we have the words over the Speakers desk "In God We Trust." I think that is an appropriate reference in our Pledge of Allegiance.
A: I think I have the best chance to defeat George W Bush. I believe that because to win the electoral vote you have to beat Bush in the Midwestern states. I think I have the best chance at beating Bush in the Midwestern states.
Somebody's child doesn't get educated, winds up in prison, we all pay the bills every day, and the bills are mounting by the day.
If somebody doesn't get their civil rights and their equal rights and can't succeed, then everybody pays the bills.
My own life is the best example. I started poor. My dad was a Teamster. I had church help, government help, community help, I got a great education. I'm here tonight because of all that help. I haven't done it on my own.
I will be a president who tries to figure out how every person in this country fulfills their God-given potential, nobody left out, nobody left behind. We can make America a better place than it's ever, ever been.
We can restore hope in America if we understand we're all tied together in a single garment of destiny. What affects one directly affects all of us indirectly. That's the kind of president I will be every day in that Oval Office.
GEPHARDT: If you're looking for the fresh face, I'm probably not your candidate. If you're looking for somebody that has real experience over 27 years in the House, 13 years as Democratic leader, on every domestic and foreign issue this country has faced, well, I may be your candidate.
I'll say one other thing. The fight for working families is in my bones. My dad was a Teamster and a milk truck driver in St. Louis. He didn't get through high school. My mother, who is now 95, was a secretary. She didn't get through high school either. But they fought hard to give me every opportunity a person could have. I feel like I'm the example of the American dream.
So when I'm in that Oval Office, I'm going to try to do things for people like my parents, who are the people that have made this country great. I think it's time we had a president like that again.
For nearly two decades, he has been an outspoken advocate for issues of economic fairness and opportunity for every American family. He firmly believes that anything good or important that ever happened in Washington must have the support of both parties. In the House, Gephardt continues to fight for the Democratic agenda for America’s families, trying to build a “bipartisan coalition of the center” with moderate Republicans to cut through partisan gridlock and get things done.
Source: Gephardt’s House of Representatives web site Jan 1, 2001
We need to stop destroying imperfect people at the altar of an unattainable morality. We need to start living up to the standards which the public, in its wisdom, understands that imperfect people must strive for, though too often we fall short. We need to start healing. We need to end this downward spiral which will culminate in the death of representative democracy.
We are on the brink of the abyss. The only way we stop this insanity is through the force of our own will-for all of us to simply say “enough.” Let’s step back from the abyss. And let’s begin a new politics of respect and decency and fairness which rises above what has come before
Politics is a substitute for violence. We’ve learned to talk through our differences, to submit to judgement by laws and juries, to make decisions collectively, [and hence] reduced our reliance on force as a means of resolving disagreements. In this sense, politics is not only a noble calling, but also perhaps our only real alternative to chaos.
It’s easy for us to fall back from civil society into violence. The lust to retaliate with lethal force is understandable, but the cycle of violence and political destruction thus begun has no natural ending. When our political life is caught up in such a cycle, we gradually destroy our belief in our democracy. We cause citizens to hate their leaders and their government, to become cynical, apathetic, and indifferent, In time, they drop out and begin treating politics as just another form of gladiatorial entertainment; they start electing professional wrestlers as governors.
I’ve written this book to try to explain why reclaiming this sense of ownership is crucial to our future. I believe that if enough of us respond, American in the 21st century, reformed and enriched by the unique contributions of every citizens, can become for all of us an even better place.
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Since its inception, the DLC has championed policies from spurring private sector economic growth, fiscal discipline and community policing to work based welfare reform, expanded international trade, and national service. Throughout the 90’s, innovative, New Democrat policies implemented by former DLC Chairman President Bill Clinton have helped produce the longest period of sustained economic growth in our history, the lowest unemployment in a generation, 22 million new jobs, cut the welfare rolls in half, reduced the crime rate for seven straight years, balanced the budget and streamlined the federal bureaucracy to its smallest size since the Kennedy administration.
Now, the DLC is promoting new ideas -- such as a second generation of environmental protection and new economy and technology development strategies -- that is distinctly different from traditional liberalism and conservatism to build the next generation of America’s leaders.
America and the world have changed dramatically in the closing decades of the 20th century. The industrial order of the 20th century is rapidly yielding to the networked “New Economy” of the 21st century. Our political and governing systems, however, have lagged behind the rest of society in adapting to these seismic shifts. They remain stuck in the left-right debates and the top-down bureaucracies of the industrial past.
The Democratic Leadership Council, and its affiliated think tank the Progressive Policy Institute, have been catalysts for modernizing politics and government. The core principles and ideas of this “Third Way” movement [began with] Bill Clinton’s Presidential campaign in 1992, Tony Blair’s Labour Party in Britain in 1997, and Gerhard Shroeder’s Social Democrats in Germany in 1998.
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