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Thank you ladies and gentlemen for a very warm reception It was one hundred and forty-four years ago that members of theDemocratic Party first met in convention to select a Presidentialcandidate Since that time Democrats have continued to convene onceevery four years and draft a party platform and nominate a Presidentialcandidate And our meeting this week is a continuation of thattradition But there is something different about tonight There issomething special about tonight What is different What is special I Barbara Jordan am a keynote speaker A lot of years passed since 1832 and during that time it would havebeen most unusual for any national political party to ask that a BarbaraJordan to deliver a keynote address But tonight here I am And I feelthat notwithstanding the past that my presence here is one additionalbit of evidence that the American Dream need not forever be deferred Now that I have this grand distinction what in the world am I supposedto say I could easily spend this time praising the accomplishments ofthis party and attacking the Republicans -- but I dont choose to dothat I could list the many problems which Americans have I could listthe problems which cause people to feel cynical angry frustratedproblems which include lack of integrity in government the feeling thatthe individual no longer counts the reality of material and spiritualpoverty the feeling that the grand American experiment is failing orhas failed I could recite these problems and then I could sit down andoffer no solutions But I dont choose to do that either The citizensof America expect more They deserve and they want more than a recitalof problems We are a people in a quandary about the present We are a people insearch of our future We are a people in search of a national communityWe are a people trying not only to solve the problems of the presentunemployment inflation but we are attempting on a larger scale tofulfill the promise
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