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The Good Fight: A Life in Liberal Politics Kindle Edition
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About the Author
- ASIN : B003VPWXZ6
- Publisher : Scribner; Reprint edition (5 October 2010)
- Language : English
- File size : 2411 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 388 pages
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I'm a Minnesotan, born and raised here, and proud of my State. I met most of the people written about including the Kennedy brothers, since my family were very political active, in spite of being working class Farm folk.
It's hard at my age, to look at the mess we all are in, now. I come from a time that the GOP and DFL parties in MN could bitterly disagree, but in the end do what was best for all the people, not just the wealthy powerful ones. We need to get to that place again.
Nowhere near the outsized personality that Humphrey was , he was able to help chart a new and responsible progressive course for this country. In teaming with President Carter he was paired with an individual who had the same respect for the decency and honesty of the American people. Carter and Mondale were the first campaign to face the reactionary elements of the New Republican Party that packaged itself as the combination of Country Club Conservatives aligned with disaffected working class whites. That combination proved lethal for progressives in the 1980 election.
In 1984 Mondale running in his own right Mondale was able to secure the Democratic nomination after a spirited contest against Senator Garry Hart. In the coming weeks He threw two of the biggest "Hail Mary" passes in the history of the United States.The selection of the first female Vice President candidate in Geraldine Ferraro along with the proposal to raise income tax rates to close the rapidly escalating budget deficits caused by President Reagan's enormous tax cuts(from a 70% top bracket to a 28%) for the wealthiest Americans. He payed the price for being honest with the American people and lost all the states except for Minnesota.
As the years have progressed we see that the blatant greed of the American Plutocrat in the 1980's would start the process of dwindling the "American Dream" to just the favored few. Has this country learned the lessons of the 1980's? We still have time, but we can't procrastinate much longer, Mondale's campaign speech of March 6, 1984 provides a road map:
"This new idea is the eseence of the battle we're in. The idea is this: If you fight for the values that the Democratic Party has always believed in, you're supposed to go on a guilt trip. But if you fight against them, you're supposed to be applauded. If you fight for better schools you're old. But if you fight for big oil, you're new. If a worker wants a raise, that's greedy. But if a plant closes down, that's trendy. I don't accept it. And I won't cut my values to fit this year's fashion. It's not a campaign for new ideas and old ideas..It's a fight between what's right and wrong"