By Gloria Dulan-Wilson

Hello All:

Things are moving so quickly, that I have to make sure you understand the relevance of my completing this three-part overview of the Democratic National Convention and how it ties in with the way forward.  In a realm of sound-byte news, and professional spin doctors, there have already been those who have tried to sully the positive impact made in Philadelphia by the Democratic National Convention.   And I'm sure the Repuglycons would love it if you could get past the contrast of their dirges and our jubilant gathering.


Generally, folks save the best for last - but I'm reversing that and putting the best first.   So, that's me buried in balloons after sitting for 7 hours during the speeches and enthusiastic cheers from the thousands of supporters at the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, PA.

 I'm also including excerpts from speakers who I thought were exceptionally relevant to this auspicious occasion of nominating a woman for the first time ever as President of the United States.  For your convenience, and for the sake of history, I'm also providing the link to the full message - in order for you to get the total impact of the messages.  

NOTE: Commentaries in Red are mine in response to comments, or to give additional information or clarity to a statement.

I'm starting with the former First Daughter, Chelsea Clinton, and President-to-be Hillary Clinton:

CHELSEA CLINTON- FORMER FIRST DAUGHTER OF THE US:  Most of us remember seeing Chelsea Clinton as the gangly teen aged first daughter - growing up in the White House, surrounded by the secret service.  Somehow she has been transformed into this lovely young mom, who now stood before us talking about how it was to grow up with Hillary Clinton as her mom and now grandmother to her two children.  

And from the standpoint of the audience both in the arena and watching online or on TV, it was a wonderful heartwarming moment - one that has been all too rare during this campaign - that has so far been fraught with bombastic pundits and weak-minded individuals hurling racial slurs and innuendos.  

Hillary Clinton's track record as a Mom-in-Chief, was front and center as Chelsea spoke of the times her mom read to her; left her notes when she couldn't be there for her physically; showed warmth and kindness to people who were having troubles with health care or making ends meet.  Many of us recall when she proposed the Affordable Care Act in the 90's, and the Repuglycons did all they could to destroy it using the filibuster to keep it from coming to the floor.  

Contrast for a moment, a life time of social service and activism to a lifetime of throwing your weight around, firing people, abusing women verbally and psychologically, and insulting the very people Hillary Clinton was trying to help.  Get the picture?  Get the contrast?  Do you think T-Rump's kids could have gotten up and said the same thing about their father?  Do you think that either one of them could have pointed to a mother who has the same track record of public service and human compassion as Hillary?  I don't think so.


CHELSEA stated: "There's something else that my mother taught me: public service is about service. And as her daughter, I've had a special window into how she serves. I’ve seen her holding the hands of mothers worried about how they will feed their kids, worried about how they will get them the healthcare they need. My mother promised to do everything she could to help. I have seen her right after those conversations getting straight to work. Figuring out what she could do, who she could call. How fast she could get results. She always feels like there isn't a moment to lose because she knows that for that mother, for that family, there isn’t.

People ask me all the time — how does she do it? How does she keep going amid the sound and politics? Here is how: she never, ever forgets who she is fighting for.  She has worked to make it easier for foster kids to get adopted. For 9/11 first responders to get the health care they deserve. For women around the world to be safe, to be treated with dignity, and to have more opportunity. Fights like these, they are what keep my mother going. They grabbed her heart. Her conscience. And they never let go. That is to my mom. She's a listener, a doer. She is a woman driven by compassion, by faith, but a fierce sense of justice and a heart full of love. 

Come this November, I'm voting for a woman as a role model and a mother. A woman who has spent her entire life fighting for families and children. I'm voting for the Progressive who will protect our planet from climate change, who will reform our criminal justice system, who knows that women's rights are human rights, and who knows that LGBT rights are human rights. Here at home, and around the world, I'm voting for a fighter who never ever gives up and who believes we can always do better when we come together and work together. 

I hope that my children will someday be as proud of me as I am of my mom. I am so grateful to be her daughter. I'm so grateful that she is Charlotte and Aidan's grandmother. She makes me proud every single day. And mom, grandma would be so proud of you tonight. To everyone watching here at home, I know with all my heart that my mother will make us proud as our next president."

After a ständing ovation, Hillary thanked daughter Chelsea for the introduction,  and husband Bill Clinton "the explainer in chief" for still being on the job.  


"What a remarkable week it’s been. We heard the man from Hope, Bill Clinton; and the man of hope, Barack Obama. America is stronger because of president Obama’s leadership, and I am better because of his friendship.

And for those of you out there who are just getting to know Tim Kaine, you—you will soon understand why the people of Virginia keep promoting him—from city council and mayor, to governor, and now senator. And he will make our whole country proud as our vice president.

And I want to thank Bernie Sanders. Bernie—Bernie, your campaign inspired millions of Americans, particularly the young people who threw their hearts and souls into our primary. You put economic and social justice issues front and center, where they belong.

And to all of your supporters here and around the country, I want you to know I have heard you. Your cause is our cause. Our country needs your ideas, energy, and passion. That is the only way we can turn our progressive platform into real change for America. We wrote it together. Now let’s go out and make it happen together.

Now America is once again at a moment of reckoning. Powerful forces are threatening to pull us apart. Bonds of trust and respect are fraying. And just as with our founders, there are no guarantees. It truly is up to us. We have to decide whether we will all work together so we can all rise together. Our country’s motto is e pluribus unum: out of many, we are one. Will we stay true to that motto?

Well, we heard Donald Trump’s answer last week at his convention. He wants to divide us from the rest of the world and from each other. He’s betting that the perils of today’s world will blind us to its unlimited promise. He’s taken the Republican Party a long way from “morning in America” to “midnight in America.” He wants us to fear the future and fear each other.

Now we are clear-eyed about what our country is up against, but we are not afraid. We will rise to the challenge, just as we always have. We will not build a wall. Instead, we will build an economy where everyone who wants a good job can get one. And we’ll build a path to citizenship for millions of immigrants who are already contributing to our economy. We will not ban a religion. We will work with all Americans and our allies to fight and defeat terrorism.

Yet, we know there is a lot to do. Too many people haven’t had a pay raise since the crash. There’s too much inequality, too little social mobility, too much paralysis in Washington, too many threats at home and abroad. But just look for a minute at the strengths we bring as Americans to meet these challenges. We have the most dynamic and diverse people in the world. We have the most tolerant and generous young people we’ve ever had. We have the most powerful military, the most innovative entrepreneurs, the most enduring values—freedom and equality, justice and opportunity. We should be so proud that those words are associated with us. I have to tell you, as your secretary of state, I went to 112 countries. When people hear those words, they hear America. So don’t let anyone tell you that our country is weak. We’re not. Don’t let anyone tell you we don’t have what it takes. We do. And most of all, don’t believe anyone who says, “I alone can fix it.” Yes. Those were actually Donald Trump’s words in Cleveland. And they should set off alarm bells for all of us. Really? “I alone can fix it?” Isn’t he forgetting troops on the front lines, police officers and firefighters who run toward danger, doctors and nurses who care for us? Teachers who change lives, entrepreneurs who see possibilities in every problem, mothers who lost children to violence and are building a movement to keep other kids safe? He’s forgetting every last one of us. Americans don’t say, “I alone fix can it.” We say, “We’ll fix it together.”  That’s how Americans answer when the call for help goes out. 

Twenty years ago, I wrote a book called It Takes a Village. And a lot of people looked at the title and asked, what the heck do you mean by that? This is what I mean. None of us can raise a family, build a business, heal a community, or lift a country totally alone. America needs every one of us to lend our energy, our talents, our ambition to making our nation better and stronger. I believe that with all my heart. That’s why “Stronger together” is not just a lesson from our history, it’s not just a slogan for our campaign, it’s a guiding principle for the country we’ve always been, and the future we’re going to build.

Hillary spoke of her family's background, and how it shaped her beliefs going forward. "The family I’m from, well, no one had their name on big buildings. My families were builders of a different kind—builders in the way most American families are. They used whatever tools they had, whatever God gave them, and whatever life in America provided, and built better lives and better futures for their kids."    Her dad served in WWII, and after worked as a fabric printer for draperies.  Her Mom had been abandoned by her parents as a small child, and had to rely on the kindness of strangers.  A teacher who had observed that she was hungry would bring her food for lunch on a daily basis. She worked as a maid at the age of 14.    Clinton's belief, "Comes from our Methodist faith: “Do all the good you can, for all the people you can, in all the ways you can, as long as ever you can,"  which has obviously been the driving force in her lifetime of service.  Her mother made her stand up to bullies, and never give up when she knew that what she was doing was right, regardless of the consequences or the threats. 

"And in this campaign I’ve met many more people who motivate me to keep fighting for change, and with your help, I will carry all of your voices and stories with me to the White House. And you heard from Republicans and Independents who are supporting our campaign. Well, I will be a president for Democrats, Republicans, Independents; for the struggling, the striving, the successful; for all those who vote for me and for those who don’t. For all Americans together.

Tonight, we’ve reached a milestone in our nation’s march toward a more perfect union: the first time that a major party has nominated a woman for president. Standing here as my mother’s daughter, and my daughter’s mother, I’m so happy this day has come. I’m happy for grandmothers and little girls and everyone in between. I’m happy for boys and men—because when any barrier falls in America, it clears the way for everyone. After all, when there are no ceilings, the sky’s the limit.

Now, I don’t think president Obama and vice president Biden get the credit they deserve for saving us from the worst economic crisis of our lifetimes. Our economy is so much stronger than when they took office. Nearly 15 million new private sector jobs. Twenty million more Americans with health insurance. And an auto industry that just had its best year ever.

Now, that’s real progress. But none of us can be satisfied with the status quo. Not by a long shot. We’re still facing deep-seated problems that developed long before the recession and have stayed with us through the recovery. I’ve gone around the country talking to working families. And I’ve heard from many who feel like the economy sure isn’t working for them. Some of you are frustrated—even furious. And you know what? You’re right. It’s not yet working the way it should.

Americans are willing to work—and work hard. But right now, an awful lot of people feel there is less and less respect for the work they do. And less respect for them, period. Democrats, we are the party of working people. But we haven’t done a good enough job showing we get what you’re going through, and we’re going to do something to help.

So tonight I want to tell you how we will empower Americans to live better lives. My primary mission as president will be to create more opportunity and more good jobs with rising wages right here in the United States. From my first day in office to my last. Especially in places that for too long have been left out and left behind. From our inner cities to our small towns, from Indian country to coal country. From communities ravaged by addiction to regions hollowed out by plant closures.

And here’s what I believe. I believe America thrives when the middle class thrives. I believe our economy isn’t working the way it should because our democracy isn’t working the way it should. That’s why we need to appoint Supreme Court justices who will get money out of politics and expand voting rights, not restrict them. And if necessary, we will pass a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United.

In my first 100 days, we will work with both parties to pass the biggest investment in new, good-paying jobs since World War II. Jobs in manufacturing, clean energy, technology and innovation, small business, and infrastructure. If we invest in infrastructure now, we’ll not only create jobs today, but lay the foundation for the jobs of the future.
And we will also transform the way we prepare our young people for those jobs. Bernie Sanders and I will work together to make college tuition-free for the middle class and debt-free for all. We will also—we will also liberate millions of people who already have student debt. It’s just not right that Donald Trump can ignore his debts, and students and families can’t refinance their debts.

"And something we don’t say often enough: Sure, college is crucial, but a four-year degree should not be the only path to a good job. We will help more people learn a skill or practice a trade and make a good living doing it. We will give small businesses, like my dad’s, a boost; make it easier to get credit. Way too many dreams die in the parking lots of banks. In America, if you can dream it, you should be able to build it. And we will help you balance family and work. And you know what, if fighting for affordable child care and paid family leave is playing the “woman card,” then deal  me in.

"Wall Street, corporations, and the super-rich are going to start paying their fair share of taxes. This is not because we resent success, but when more than 90% of the gains have gone to the top ONE PERCENT, that’s where the money is. And we are going to follow the money. And if companies take tax breaks and then ship jobs overseas, we’ll make them pay us back. And we’ll put that money to work where it belongs: creating jobs here at home."

Hillary contrasted her plan with Trump the businessman: "But then—but then I also imagine people are thinking out there, but Trump, he’s a businessman. He must know something about the economy. Well, let’s take a closer look, shall we? In Atlantic City, 60 miles from here, you will find contractors and small businesses who lost everything because Donald Trump refused to pay his bills.  Now, remember what the president said last night. "Don’t boo. Vote!"  But think of this. People who did the work and needed the money—not because he couldn’t pay them, but because he wouldn’t pay them—he just stiffed them. And you know that sales pitch he’s making to be president: put your faith in him, and you’ll win big? That’s the same sales pitch he made to all those small businesses. Then Trump walked away and left working people holding the bag.  He also talks a big game about putting America first. Well, please explain what part of “America First” leads him to make Trump ties in China, not Colorado; Trump suits in Mexico, not Michigan; Trump furniture in Turkey, not Ohio; Trump picture frames in India, not Wisconsin. Donald Trump says he wants to make America great again. Well, he could start by actually making things in America again."

She continued:  "So it’s true. I sweat the details of policy, whether we’re talking about the exact level of lead in the drinking water in Flint, Michigan, the number of mental health facilities in Iowa, or the cost of your prescription drugs. Because it’s not just a detail if it’s your kid, if it’s your family. It’s a big deal. And it should be a big deal to your president, too."

The Presidential candidate issued a warning that bears repeating here: "For the past year, many people made the mistake of laughing off Donald Trump’s comments, excusing him as an entertainer just putting on a show. They thought he couldn’t possibly mean all the horrible things he says, like when he called women “pigs” or said that an American judge couldn’t be fair because of his Mexican heritage, or when he mocks and mimics a reporter with a disability, or insults prisoners of war—like John McCain, a hero and a patriot who deserves our respect.

Now, at first, I admit, I couldn’t believe he meant it, either. It was just too hard to fathom, that someone who wants to lead our nation could say those things, could be like that. But here’s the sad truth: There is no other Donald Trump. This is it. And in the end, it comes down to what Donald Trump doesn’t get: America is great because America is good.
So enough with the bigotry and the bombast. Donald Trump’s not offering real change. He’s offering empty promises. 

(For those of you who joke about Trump as president, just remember that's exactly how Hitler became ruler of Germany, and the Nazi party came into existence - by lazy minded individuals who did not take the threat seriously when it was small and allowed it to grow out of proportion and control.  We can't let that happen here.  But there are some who are stuck on stupid.)

And we begin a new chapter tonight.  Yes, the world is watching what we do. Yes, America’s destiny is ours to choose. So let’s be stronger together, my fellow Americans. Let’s look to the future with courage and confidence. Let’s build a better tomorrow for our beloved children and our beloved country. And when we do, America will be greater than ever.
Thank you and may God bless you and the United States of America.

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA:  Hello, America!!  (Standing Ovation for President Obama)
"Twelve years ago tonight, I addressed this convention for the very first time.  You met my two little girls, Malia and Sasha — now two amazing young women who just fill me with pride. You fell for my brilliant wife and partner Michelle, who’s made me a better father and a better man; who’s gone on to inspire our nation as First Lady; and who somehow hasn’t aged a day.  I know the same can’t be said for me. My girls remind me all the time. Wow, you’ve changed so much, daddy."


And it’s true — I was so young that first time in Boston. Maybe a little nervous addressing such a big crowd. But I was filled with faith; faith in America — the generous, bighearted, hopeful country that made my story — indeed, all of our stories — possible.

A lot’s happened over the years. And while this nation has been tested by war and recession and all manner of challenge — I stand before you again tonight, after almost two terms as your President, to tell you I am even more optimistic about the future of America.  How could I not be — after all we’ve achieved together?"

That work involves a big choice this November. Fair to say, this is not your typical election. It’s not just a choice between parties or policies; the usual debates between left and right. This is a more fundamental choice — about who we are as a people, and whether we stay true to this great American experiment in self-government. Look, we Democrats have always had plenty of differences with the Republican Party, and there’s nothing wrong with that; it’s precisely this contest of ideas that pushes our country forward.  But what we heard in Cleveland last week wasn’t particularly Republican — and it sure wasn’t conservative. What we heard was a deeply pessimistic vision of a country where we turn against each other, and turn away from the rest of the world. There were no serious solutions to pressing problems — just the fanning of resentment, and blame, and anger, and hate.
And that is not the America I know.

The America I know is full of courage, and optimism, and ingenuity. The America I know is decent and generous. Sure, we have real anxieties — about paying the bills, protecting our kids, caring for a sick parent. We get frustrated with political gridlock, worry about racial divisions; are shocked and saddened by the madness of Orlando or Nice. There are pockets of America that never recovered from factory closures; men who took pride in hard work and providing for their families who now feel forgotten; parents who wonder whether their kids will have the same opportunities we had.

And there is only one candidate in this race who believes in that future, and has devoted her life to it; a mother and grandmother who’d do anything to help our children thrive; a leader with real plans to break down barriers, blast through glass ceilings, and widen the circle of opportunity to every single American — the next President of the United States, Hillary Clinton.
Now, eight years ago, Hillary and I were rivals for the Democratic nomination. We battled for a year and a half. Let me tell you, it was tough, because Hillary’s tough. Every time I thought I might have that race won, Hillary just came back stronger.

But after it was all over, I asked Hillary to join my team. She was a little surprised, but ultimately said yes — because she knew that what was at stake was bigger than either of us. And for four years, I had a front-row seat to her intelligence, her judgment, and her discipline. I came to realize that her unbelievable work ethic wasn’t for praise or attention — that she was in this for everyone who needs a champion. I understood that after all these years, she has never forgotten just who she’s fighting for.


Hillary’s still got the tenacity she had as a young woman working at the Children’s Defense Fund, going door to door to ultimately make sure kids with disabilities could get a quality education.
If you want someone with a lifelong track record of fighting for higher wages, better benefits, a fairer tax code, a bigger voice for workers, and stronger regulations on Wall Street, then you should vote for Hillary Clinton.

And if you’re concerned about who’s going to keep you and your family safe in a dangerous world — well, the choice is even clearer. Hillary Clinton is respected around the world not just by leaders, but by the people they serve. She’s worked closely with our intelligence teams, our diplomats, our military. And she has the judgment, the experience, and the temperament to meet the threat from terrorism. It’s not new to her. Our troops have pounded ISIL without mercy, taking out leaders, taking back territory. I know Hillary won’t relent until ISIL is destroyed. She’ll finish the job — and she’ll do it without resorting to torture, or banning entire religions from entering our country. She is fit to be the next Commander-in-Chief.

He’s just offering slogans, and he’s offering fear. He’s betting that if he scares enough people, he might score just enough votes to win this election.
That is another bet that Donald Trump will lose. Because he’s selling the American people short. We are not a fragile or frightful people. Our power doesn’t come from some self-declared savior promising that he alone can restore order. We don’t look to be ruled. Our power comes from those immortal declarations first put to paper right here in Philadelphia all those years ago; We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal; that together, We, the People, can form a more perfect union.

It’s the conservative in Texas who said he disagreed with me on everything, but appreciated that, like him, I try to be a good dad.  It’s the courage of the young soldier from Arizona who nearly died on the battlefield in Afghanistan, but who’s learned to speak and walk again — and earlier this year, stepped through the door of the Oval Office on his own power, to salute and shake my hand.

It’s every American who believed we could change this country for the better, so many of you who’d never been involved in politics, who picked up phones, and hit the streets, and used the internet in amazing new ways to make change happen. You are the best organizers on the planet, and I’m so proud of all the change you’ve made possible.

Time and again, you’ve picked me up. I hope, sometimes, I picked you up, too. Tonight, I ask you to do for Hillary Clinton what you did for me. I ask you to carry her the same way you carried me. Because you’re who I was talking about twelve years ago, when I talked about hope — it’s been you who’ve fueled my dogged faith in our future, even when the odds are great; even when the road is long. Hope in the face of difficulty; hope in the face of uncertainty; the audacity of hope!

America, you have vindicated that hope these past eight years. And now I’m ready to pass the baton and do my part as a private citizen. This year, in this election, I’m asking you to join me — to reject cynicism, reject fear, to summon what’s best in us; to elect Hillary Clinton as the next President of the United States, and show the world we still believe in the promise of this great nation.  Thank you for this incredible journey. Let’s keep it going. God bless the United States of America.

Not only is Barack Obama the most popular president ever, he is also the most effective, despite the fact that the Repuglycon party made a concerted effort to block everything he did.  Their efforts would have had no effect had the voters returned Democrats to office as opposed to allowing Repuglycons and Tea Baggers to gain a reactionary majority hold - thus thwarting his efforts to complete his agenda.  It is hoped that this time around the voters will be much wiser and not only vote for the president, but make sure members of Congress are likewise Democrats so that the agenda can go forward under Hillary Clinton.


TIM KAINE'S ACCEPTANCE SPEECH FOR VICE PRESIDENT OF THE US:  "Today, for my wife Anne and every strong woman in this country: for Nat, Woody, and Annella, and every young person starting out in life to make their own dreams real; for every man and woman serving in our military, at home and abroad; for every family working hard to get ahead and stay ahead; for my parents and in-laws and every senior citizen who hopes for a dignified retirement with health care and research to end diseases like Alzheimer's; for every person who wants America to be a beloved community, where people aren't demeaned because of who they are, but rather respected for their contributions to this nation; for all of us who know the brightest future for our country is the one we build together; and for my friend Hillary Clinton, I humbly accept my party's nomination to be Vice President of the United States."


Kaine followed up by stating that after having attended a Jesuit school, he felt the call to go and work among the poor in the Honduras - where he had a first hand opportunity to witness totalitarianism and dictatorship in all its heinous manifestations.  

His father in law,  former Virginia Governor, Linwood Holton, who had been a Lincoln Republican, had integrated the school system in Virginia in th 1970s so that Black and white children could get quality education and interact together.  However, according to Kaine,  at age 90, he is now voting as a Democrat, "Because any party that would nominate Donald Trump for president has moved too far away from the party of Lincoln. And if you are looking for that party of Lincoln, we've got a home for you right here in the Democratic party."

His father in-law inspired him to work as a civil rights lawyer. "Over 17 years, I took on banks and landlords, real estate firms, and local governments, anyone who treated people unfairly — like the insurance company that was discriminating against minority neighborhoods all across America in issuing homeowners' insurance."  In addition to his track record in public office, Kaine could rock back and forth between English and Spanish without batting an eye, impressing the entire arena - the audience exploded with applause whenever he did so.  

"Hillary Clinton and I are compañeros del alma. We share this belief: Do all the good you can. Serve one another. That's what I'm about. That's what you're about. That's what Bernie Sanders is about. That's what Joe Biden is about. That's what Barack and Michelle Obama are about. And that's what Hillary Clinton is about.

Now, last week in Cleveland, we heard a lot about trust. So let's talk about trust. I want to tell you why I trust Hillary Clinton:  First, she's consistent. She has battled to put kids and families first since she was a teenager — in good times and bad, in victory and defeat, in and out of office, through hell or high water. Fighting for underprivileged kids at the Children's Defense Fund. Fighting to get health insurance for 8 million kids when she was First Lady. Fighting for the well-being of women and girls around the world.  Here's a little tip for you: When you want to know about the character of someone in public life, look to see if they have a passion, one that began before they were in office, and that they have consistently held on to throughout their career. Hillary's passion is kids and families. Donald Trump has a passion too. It's himself.

"And it's not just words with Hillary, it's accomplishments. She delivers. As Senator, after 9/11, she battled Congressional Republicans to care for the first responders who saved victims of that terrorist attack. As Secretary of State, she implemented tough sanctions against Iran to pave the way for a diplomatic breatkthrough that curtailed a dangerous nuclear weapons program. She stood up against thugs and dictators and was a key part of the Obama national security team that decided to go to the end of the earth to wipe out Osama bin Laden."

Kaine pointed out Trump's two favorite words: "Believe me" Something no intelligent person should ever do.   He can't be believed or trusted.  According to Kaine: "He never tells you how he's going to do any of the things he says he's going to do. He just says, "believe me." So here's the question. Do you really believe him? Donald Trump's whole career says you better not.    Small contractors — companies just like my dad's — believed him when he said that he'd pay them to build a casino in Atlantic City. They did the work, hung the drywall, poured the concrete. But a year after opening, Trump filed for bankruptcy. He walked away with millions. They got pennies on the dollar. Some of them went out of business. All because they believed Donald Trump."  (THIS SHOULD BE A MESSAGE TO THOSE NEGRO CHURCHES IN THE SOUTH - AND OUR FRIEND OMAROSA)

Kaine continued:  "Retirees and families in Florida believed Donald Trump when he said he'd build them condos. They paid their deposits, but the condos were never built. He just pocketed their money and walked away. They lost tens of thousands of dollars, all because they believed Donald Trump. Charity after charity believed Donald Trump when he said he would contribute to them. And thousands of Trump University students believed Donald Trump when he said he would help them succeed. They got stiffed.

He says, "believe me." Well, his creditors, his contractors, his laid-off employees, his ripped-off students did just that. Folks, you cannot believe one word that comes out of Donald Trump's mouth. Our nation is too great to put it in the hands of a slick-talking, empty-promising, self-promoting, one man wrecking crew."  Of course there was wild applause!!!   Don't take it from me. Take it from former First Lady Barbara Bush. She said she didn't know how any woman could vote for him after his offensive comments. Or John McCain's former economic advisor, who estimates Trump's promises would cost America 3.5 million jobs. Or the independent analysts that found Trump's tax plan, a gift to the wealthy and big corporations, would rack up $30 trillion in debt.  Or John Kasich, the Republican governor who had the honor of hosting the Republican Convention in Cleveland but wouldn't even attend it because he thinks Trump is such a moral disaster."


When I lived in Honduras, I learned that the best compliment you could give someone was to say they were "listo" (ready), not "inteligente" (smart), not "amable" (friendly), not "rico" (rich). But "listo." Because what "listo" means in Spanish is prepared, battle-tested, rock-solid, up for anything, never backing down. And Hillary Clinton is "listo."  She's ready because of her faith. She's ready because of her heart. She's ready because of her experience. She's ready because she knows in America we are stronger together. "

REV. JESSE JACKSON:  “Tonight, I stand proudly in support of the next President of the United States, Hillary Clinton. And let me also congratulate Bernie Sanders for energizing this campaign season with ideas and hope.
A theologian once said, “Where hate abounds, love must abound even more. Where fear abounds, hope must abound even more.” In this stormy season of violent campaign rhetoric, we are called to be steady in the face of the whirlwind. There’s a tug of war going on for the soul of America. We have a clear choice. We must tear down walls of separation, and build bridges of hope and unity.

Love must trump ignorance, fear, hatred and violence. (AND BECAUSE TRUMP HATES LOVE) We live under ONE big tent where all must be included and none are left behind. We have learned to survive apart, and now we must accept the challenge of learning to live and grow together. They say, “Exclude.” We say, “Include.”
I met Hillary decades ago when she was delivering legal protection to the poor, fighting for the marginalized and defenseless. She’s fought for access to health care all of her life. In Hillary we have a tested, tried and trusted partner. No one has ever been more prepared to be president.”

Hillary understands the historic dimensions of the agony, hope, and promise of Black Lives Matter. From Trayvon Martin to Michael Brown and Alton Sterling, and far too many others, shootings of young black men must stop. And the killing of police officers with powerful assault weapons resonates deep in our soul. We must choose reconciliation over retaliation and revenge. We must stop the killing. Now.
We can trust Hillary not to insult our Hispanic and Muslim brothers and sisters. And to resist the mass deportation of 15 million people. We can trust Hillary to expand African trade and development. We can trust Hillary to fight for Historically Black Colleges and Universities – that graduate 42 percent of our black engineers and over half of all black teachers and lawyers. A Clinton Administration will grow jobs. Eight years ago, Republicans drove our economy to the brink of disaster. But after 76 straight months of job growth under President Obama, it’s no time to turn back now."
NOTE:  Rev. Jackson was the first African American man to run for president twice - 1984 and 1988 and bring the agenda of the poor and disenfranchised front and center - so that the Democratic Party could no longer ignore it.
NEW YORK STATE GOVERNOR ANDREW CUOMO: "Last week, we heard the Republicans lay out their strategy. Unfortunately, it offered no new solutions. But it’s clear that their plan is to fan the flames of fear and offer a scapegoat for our problems. The Trump campaign is marketing a great distraction, using people’s fear and anxiety to drive his ratings. Their message comes down to this: Be afraid of people who are different – religions, colors, language. Stop immigration and the nation will automatically rise.  It’s not right, it’s divisive, it’s delusional, and we must expose the truth.
Republicans are suffering from short-term memory loss. Unless Republicans are all Native Americans, they are immigrants too! Republicans would cut this nation in half and turn one against the other. It would take our greatest strength – our diversity – and make it a weakness.


Fear is a powerful weapon. It can excite and motivate and get people to yell and scream. Fear can even bring you into power. But fear has never created a job, educated a child, and fear will never build a nation. Fear is not strength. Fear is weakness – no matter how loud you yell – and our America is never weak.

Republicans say they want to make America great again, to take us back to the good old days. What good old days do they want to take us back to? Before the Civil Rights Act? Before minimum wage and worker protection laws? Before Roe v. Wade?

We have a different vision for this nation. We want to go forward. They say “Make America Great Again”; we say make America greater than ever before."  (FOR FULL TRANSCRIPT CLICK ON LINK BELOW)

JIM CLYBURN OF SOUTH CAROLINA:  As the father of three daughters and grandfather of two adorable granddaughters, I am proud to stand before you as we prepare to offer the American people an opportunity to smash through the ultimate glass ceiling in our nation by nominating for President of the United States a person who is more qualified — by education and training, experience and temperament — than anyone who has ever offered for the job. And when it comes to current pursuers, it ain’t even close.

The changes we seek for our great country will not come easy. To achieve a stronger and better America, we need a leader who is willing and able to fight for the dreams of all Americans. If there’s one thing I know about Hillary Clinton it is this: She is a fighter. And she fights with her head and her heart.

TOM WOLF – GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF  PENNSYLVANIA:  After serving in the Peace Corps and earning a Ph.D. from M.I.T., I surprised my family and friends by coming home to Central Pennsylvania to work in the family business, a building materials company where I started out driving a forklift. Eventually, we became one of the largest suppliers of kitchen cabinets in North America. One of the keys to our success was that we recognized that in business, you are only as good as the people you have in your company, and thus, you had to treat everyone like they mattered. Because, the truth is, they do. Now, I understand that not all businesspeople see it this way. When we contracted with a vendor, we paid them.


Donald Trump? He stiffed hundreds of small businesses, from plumbers to painters, ruining their companies as he sought to enrich himself. (AND BLACK CHURCHES, TOO) At our company, like at many others across the country, we treated our female employees with respect. When they had kids, we celebrated them, and gave them paid leave. Donald Trump said that pregnant workers are an “inconvenience,” so it’s no surprise that he has put forward no plan for paid family leave. Finally, as our company grew, another important part of our business model was that we had a profit-sharing plan. We knew our employees contributed to our growth. So, in addition to good wages and benefits, we shared between 20 and 30 percent of the company’s profits directly with them.
For 2013, a turnaround year, our company had hundreds of workers who received an average of $5,000 each that could be put toward college tuition, a well-earned vacation, or anything else they wanted to spend it on.  Donald Trump? He runs businesses so that they only help – you guessed it – Donald Trump. In his six bankruptcy filings, he used the process to protect himself and even enrich himself while his employees were left out of luck. We didn’t do what we did because we were looking for awards. We did it because it was the right thing to do for our workers. We did because it was great for my company’s bottom line.”

That’s why, as president, Hillary Clinton will reward companies that share profits with employees, not just executives. Under her proposal, companies will get tax credits worth 15 percent of the profits they share with their employees. The credits would last for two years and would be larger for small businesses. Because Hillary believes that if you work hard, you should share in your company’s success!
She also will fight to raise the minimum wage, ensure equal pay for women, and guarantee up to 12 weeks of paid family leave, plus affordable childcare. That’s fair, it’s smart, and it’s great for our economy because it’s good for workers and it’s good for business.  


ERIC HOLDER, FORMER ATTORNEY GENERAL I’ve known Hillary Clinton for almost 25 years – as a friend, a colleague, and a leader of courage and conviction. And today, I am proud to say “I’m with Her!” – because I’ve seen that she has the skills to serve as commander in chief – and the strength to lead our already-great nation in this hour of challenge and consequence.
At a time when the bonds between law enforcement and communities of color have frayed – when assassins target police in heinous attacks, and peaceful citizens have to question whether black lives truly matter – we need a president who understands the reality I saw, in my travels across the country, as our nation’s 82nd Attorney General: that there should be no tension between protecting those who valiantly risk their lives to serve and ensuring that everyone is treated fairly by police.
She fought, as a Senator, against sentencing disparities and racial profiling. She used her first major speech, as a candidate, to lay out a bold vision for criminal justice reform. As a presidential candidate she has talked about systemic racism in a way that no one else has. And she will help our nation summon the courage to confront racial injustice – and face down the legacies of our darkest past.
Finally, at a time when the right to vote is under siege – when Republicans brazenly assault the most fundamental right of our democracy – passing laws designed to stop people from voting, while closing locations in minority neighborhoods where people get the documents they need to vote – we need a president sensitive to these echoes of Jim Crow. We need a president who holds the right to vote as sacred and stands firm against any kind of modern-day poll tax.

My fellow Americans: Hillary Clinton will be that president. She will set a new standard for early voting. She will champion universal, automatic registration – you turn 18, you’re registered to vote – because she knows the best way to defend the right to vote is by exercising it.

NEW YORK CITY MAYOR BILL DE BLASIO:  "As a New Yorker, I’m quite familiar with both presidential nominees. But despite sharing a home state, these two people are worlds apart.  I was honored to manage Hillary Clinton’s first campaign for Senate. Here’s the Hillary I know. When she graduated from law school, she could have begun a lucrative career at the prestigious law firm of her choice. Instead, her heart led her to take a noble job at modest pay at the Children’s Defense Fund advocating for poor families and children who needed a champion. That is who she is.

What did Donald Trump do? He was born rich; then he made a career out of ripping people off, racking up billions in debt, and bankrupting his companies. Instead of public service or philanthropy, he became one of the least charitable billionaires our country has ever seen."


The Mayor recounted how Hillary had consistently taken on the insurance conglomerates to provide universal comprehensive health care for Americans and children; and how, despite the millions they used against her, she finally got Congress to pass the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) against all odds.
As Secretary of State, Hillary fought for the dignity of women and girls, passionately fighting the scourge of human trafficking and the horror of child marriage in Saudi Arabia.
What did Donald do? He’s called women “dogs” and “fat pigs” and blamed military sexual assault on the presence of women in our armed forces. He’s degraded women to make himself feel big while showing us the truly little man that he is.

Hillary Clinton: She’s smart, she’s steady, she’s right, and she’s ready!  Donald Trump: He’s reckless, he’s risky, he’s wrong, and he’s scary!  If you care about fighting income inequality, about lifting up families and children, about building up America’s great cities, then let’s come together, fight together, and let’s elect Hillary Clinton the next president of these United States!

MIICHAEL BLOOMBERG, FORMER MAYOR OF THE CITY OF NEW YORK:  "Let me thank all of you for welcoming an outsider here to deliver what will be an unconventional convention speech. I am not here as a member of any party, or to endorse any party platform. I am here for one reason: To explain why I believe it is imperative that we elect Hillary Clinton as the next president of the United States, and to ask you to join with me in supporting her this November.
When the Founding Fathers arrived here in Philadelphia to forge a new nation they didn’t come as Democrats or Republicans or to nominate a presidential candidate. They came as patriots who feared party politics, and I know how they felt.
I’ve been a Democrat. I’ve been a Republican. And I eventually became an independent because I don’t believe that either party has a monopoly on good ideas or strong leadership.
When I enter the voting booth each time, I look at the candidate — not the party label. I have supported elected officials from both sides of the aisle, and probably not many people in this room can say that. But I know there are many watching at home who can. And now, they are carefully weighing their choices. I understand their dilemma. I know what it’s like to have neither party fully represent my views or values.


Too many Republicans wrongly blame immigrants for problems, and they stand in the way of action on climate change and gun violence. Meanwhile, many Democrats I think wrongly blame the private sector for our problems, and they stand in the way of action on education reform and deficit reduction.

There are times when I disagree with Hillary. But whatever our disagreements may be, I’ve come here to say: We must put them aside for the good of our country. And we must unite around the candidate who can defeat a dangerous demagogue.


I believe it’s the duty of all American citizens to make our voices heard by voting in this election. And if you’re not yet registered to vote, go online and do it now. This is just too important to sit out.
Now, we’ve heard of needing a leader who understands business. I couldn’t agree more. I’ve built a business. And I didn’t start it with a million dollar check from my father.

Because of my success in the private sector, I had the chance to run America’s largest city for 12 years, governing in the wake of its greatest tragedy. Today, as an independent, an entrepreneur, and a former mayor, I believe we need a president who is a problem-solver, not a bomb-thrower. Someone who can bring members of Congress together to get big things done. And I know Hillary can do that because I saw it firsthand."

He related how Hillary went across the aisle to deal with Repuglycons to make sure New York had what it needed to rebuild after 911.  

Bloomberg continued:  "Throughout his career, Trump has left behind a well-documented record of bankruptcies and thousands of lawsuits and angry stockholders and contractors who feel cheated and disillusioned customers who feel they have been ripped off. Trump wants to run the nation like he’s run his business? God help us.
I’m a New Yorker, and I know a con when I see one. Trump says he’ll punish manufacturers that move to Mexico or China, but the clothes he sells are made overseas in low-wage factories. He says he wants to put Americans back to work, but he games the U.S. visa system so he can hire temporary foreign workers at low wages. He says he wants to deport 11 million undocumented people, but he seems to have no problem in hiring them. What’d I miss here?  Truth be told, the richest thing about Donald Trump is his hypocrisy.  He wants you to believe that we can solve our biggest problems by deporting Mexicans and shutting out Muslims. He wants you to believe that erecting trade barriers will bring back good jobs. He’s wrong on both counts."
He sums it up:  "The bottom line is: Trump is a risky, reckless, and radical choice — and we can’t afford to make that choice.
Now I know Hillary Clinton is not flawless. No candidate is. But she is the right choice — and the responsible choice — in this election. No matter what you may think about her politics or her record, Hillary Clinton understands that this is not reality television. This is reality.  She understands the job of the president. It involves finding solutions, not pointing fingers, and offering hope, not stoking fear."

THE HON. MAXINE WATERS - CALIFORNIA:  "I am so proud to support a woman who has the skill to meet with world leaders, kings, and queens, and who commands respect from our friends and our foes alike.
I’m elated to have a candidate who understands diplomacy, global security, and the importance of climate protection.
I am so thankful we have Hillary Clinton, whose life of public service is not mythical but real and profound.


Hillary Clinton is not intimidated by the NRA. Gun violence must be stopped! She will not rule with fear and predictions of failure. And while she will work to support our police, she will also support fair police policies. The lost lives of unarmed citizens must stop. Black Lives Matter!
And oh yes! Women of America, women of the world, we will be treated with dignity and respect. We will not be judged by our appearance, our size, or our accent. We will not be denied freedom of choice. We will demonstrate our talents, and we will prosper.  Hillary’s experience uniquely qualifies her to be the next President of the United States of America!"

ELEANOR HOLMES NORTON  – DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA REP: “I am privileged to represent the almost 700,000 American citizens, growing by 1,000 every month, in your nation’s capital. We are so proud of our city, with a budget larger than that of 13 states, that we want to become the 51st state of the United States! We are home to our most powerful institutions, yet we have been denied our power as American citizens. The power we seek is ordinary, not lofty. It is the democratic power of equal citizenship. 

It is the power of local control over our $4 billion in locally-raised funds — 30 states rely more on federal funds to balance their annual budgets than DC does. It is the power of local control over purely local laws — like our gun safety laws that Republicans try to eliminate every year. And, yes, it is also the democratic power that gave birth to the nation itself—the quid pro quo power of the vote in the House and Senate in return for the taxes we pay. DC residents not only pay taxes without representation, we pay the highest federal taxes per capita in the United States — with no votes in the House and Senate to show for those taxes. In dramatic contrast, our Democratic platform says: “Restoring our democracy … means passing statehood for the District of Columbia.” Our nominee says, “as President, I will be a vocal champion for DC statehood.”

Never before has a presidential nominee taken office with so solid a promise for full and equal citizenship for D.C. residents. And listen up America: A nominee who will stand up for DC will stand up for you too. Hillary for President. Statehood for DC!

But then, as it turned out, we were joined by several Republicans who just could not and would not support Trump for president under any circumstances.  There is even an organization called Republican Women for Hillary, formed as a result of the invectives hurled at women by Trump.  

One of my favorite sayings came from MADELINE ALBRIGHT, who stated: “The fact that Donald Trump is running for office has already done great damage to our country. Trump as president would alienate our allies, and would be a national disaster."  Sooooo true!!

We're looking at 90 days, folks - actually 89 days and counting.  And we must do just that - make every day count.  We can't be shucking,  jiving and joking around.  Now is the time to put the pedal to the metal.  We have to get out the voter registration cards, and starting with our youngest - and going to our eldest - make sure they have all they need to vote - the i.d. documentation, registration cards, knowledge of how to use the polling machines, transportation.  Now is the time to put these strategies in place.  We have to go into the hospitals, senior citizens homes and other areas and make sure they have the opportunity to vote.

We can't be sideliners and whiners.  We have to be proactive.  Yes, the country has problems; yes we have issues with the injustice system - they are fixable if we think national, but vote local - i.e., vote out those who don't serve our needs, and vote in those who do. 

Rev. Al Sharpton and the National Action Network (NAN) are going across the country to the 17 states that have the most egregious voter blocking laws on the books to help the people in those states get their rights to vote.  "While it will take time to actually strike down these rules, what we will do in the meantime, while our other organizations are working on the legalities, is to make sure that each and every citizen has whatever their municipality claims they need to have to vote - whether it be an i.d. card, a driver's license, a birth certificate.  We will not give them any excuse for preventing them from voting." 


Now, I'm assuming that this message is getting across to you, and that you're not going to throw your vote away on T-Rump, or some fringe candidate.  I'm assuming that you know what fascism looks and smells like and are not a masochist.  But in case I'm wrong - and since my mother taught me to never assume - let me make it plain:  I am the partisan press - I am standing for the Democratic format.  I don't see myself playing two ends agains the middle this close to the goal - because there are unfortunate individuals out there who would not understand the maneuver and be gullible enough to back Trump instead of Hillary.  So in case you didn't get the message at the beginning, let me also place it at the end:  I AM SUPPORTING HILLARY CLINTON AND TIM KAINE FOR PRESIDENT AND VICE PRESIDENT - AND ALL CANDIDATES ON THE DEMOCRATIC LINE.



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