Democrats Make History By Nominating Hillary

Both major political parties have had their conventions and nominated their candidates for president. Last week the Democratic National Convention concluded, making history by nominating a woman, Hillary Clinton. With less than 100 days until the general election, what will people remember?

For starters, people watching saw that the Democrats put on a flawless convention. There wasn’t the turmoil and uncertainty that came with the Republican Convention the week prior. Sure there were some Bernie supporters who weren’t too happy at the beginning, but they came around.

While the Democrats didn’t publicize their convention as a “showbiz” event, it certainly had a lot of star power. There were a number of speakers, videos and entertainers who were all very upbeat and optimistic about the future of the county, under the leadership of Hillary Clinton. That message seemed to be repeated every hour, of every day of the convention.

They even brought in heavy hitters from the Republican Party, including the former mayor of New York City, families of police officers killed, and even former Republican White House staffers. These people were met with waving American flags and chants of “U.S.A., U.S.A.”

It seemed as if the “show” Donald Trump promised the Republicans, the Democrats delivered. They knocked down the idea of exclusion and talked about unifying the country. No building of walls to keep people out, but plenty of talk about pathways to citizenship. They embraced the idea of freedom of religion as opposed to baring an entire religious group from entering the country.

The Democrats repeatedly painted an optimistic and bright future for the country, under the leadership of Hillary Clinton and a much darker future under Trump.

President Barack Obama said, “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 have.

“All that is real; we’re challenged to do better; to be better.  But as I’ve traveled this country, through all fifty states; as I’ve rejoiced with you and mourned with you, what I’ve also seen, more than anything, is what is right with America.  I see people working hard and starting businesses; people teaching kids and serving our country.  I see a younger generation full of energy and new ideas, unconstrained by what is, and ready to seize what ought to be.”

In Philadelphia, the Democrats were welcoming to everyone, a stark contrast to what was seen at the Republican convention. And Hillary Clinton’s speech was spectacular. She made the argument as to why she should be the next Commander –in-Chief, the next President of the United States of America.

President Barack Obama summed it up best. “You know, nothing truly prepares you for the demands of the Oval Office.  Until you’ve sat at that desk, you don’t know what it’s like to manage a global crisis or send young people to war.  But Hillary’s been in the room; she’s been part of those decisions.  She knows what’s at stake in the decisions our government makes for the working family, the senior citizen, the small business owner, the soldier, and the veteran.  Even in the middle of crisis, she listens to people, and keeps her cool, and treats everybody with respect.  And no matter how daunting the odds; no matter how much people try to knock her down, she never, ever quits.

“That’s the Hillary I know.  That’s the Hillary I’ve come to admire.  And that’s why I can say with confidence there has never been a man or a woman more qualified than Hillary Clinton to serve as President of the United States of America.”

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