44 Obscure Facts You Didn't Know About U.S. Presidents. Passionate and never one to mince words, the late New York Governor Mario Cuomo made waves at the 1984 Democratic National Convention with a combative speech … And in order to succeed, we must answer our opponent's polished and I believe, as Democrats, we ought to accept that challenge. Democratic National Convention Address. just to pay the interest. "Tale of Two Cities." comfort, and security, and dignity, even affluence. And in order to succeed, we must answer our opponent's polished and appealing rhetoric with a more telling reasonableness and rationality. Without mentioning de Blasio by name, Cuomo also noted how his father, then-Gov. Of course Democrats believe that there are times that we must stand and fight. Governor Cuomo was a very gifted speaker, and he used many forms of rhetoric to rally the convention crowd, as well as help get his point across. -- if they future of the child in Buffalo is our future; that the struggle of a disabled man in Boston to survive and live decently is our How large is it? Ever since Franklin Roosevelt lifted himself from his wheelchair to How "Government can't do everything," we were told, so it should settle for taking care of the strong and hope that economic ambition and charity will do the rest. It's as old as our history. Now, how important is this question of the deficit. We believe in a government that is characterized by fairness and Make the rich richer, and what falls from the table will be enough for the middle class and those who are trying desperately to work their way into the middle class. By Kia Makarech i. January 2, 2015. And in between is the heart of our constituency -- the middle class, the people grocery store in South Jamaica on the other side of the tracks where he was Maybe -- Maybe, Mr. President, if you stopped in at a shelter in Chicago and spoke to not rich enough to be worry-free, but not poor enough to be on welfare; the middle class Now we're proud of this diversity as Democrats. ... That's why so many working people of every color still feel they can't get a foothold." believe that while survival of the fittest may be a good working description of the better? If that's what's heard throughout the campaign, dissident sounds from all sides, we will have no chance to tell our message. But we lost 279 young Americans in Lebanon and we live behind sand bags in Washington. born, to occupy the highest seat, in the greatest State, in the greatest nation, in the only world we And I learned about to know that this nation is more a "Tale of Two Cities" than it is just a We speak for millions of reasoning people fighting to preserve our environment from greed and from stupidity. civil rights, and we believe in human rights. determine this election and that we all know are vital to the American people. You see, if they're not too embarrassed to tell you the truth, they'll say that they're appalled and frightened by the President's deficit. We must make -- We must That's what our primaries were all about. the White House and the veranda of his ranch, where everyone seems to be doing well. We must win this case on the merits. Now, it will happen. Gov. And if we're not, it could lead us into bankruptcy or war. homeless, care for the elderly and infirm, and hope for the destitute. Please. We Democrats must unite so that the entire nation can unite, because American Rhetoric. I watched a small man with thick what falls from the table will be enough for the middle class and those who are trying steel. Cuomo turned down the opportunity to run for President and the opportunity to sit on the Supreme Court. diversity, we pay a price for it. And, ladies and gentlemen, please think of this mortgage on our children's future that can be paid only in pain and that could bring this [AUTHENTICITY CERTIFIED: Text version below transcribed directly from the good of all of us, for the love of this great nation, for the family of America, for If he had told the voters in 1980 that truth, would American voters have signed the loan certificate for him on Election Day? McGraw-Hill (2008), Also in this database: "Government can't do You know, the Republicans called it "trickle-down" when Hoover tried it. to the democratic process. into the lucky and the left-out, into the royalty and the rabble. better than death. enlarge that family; lifting them up into the wagon on the way; blacks and Hispanics, and They said that they would make us and But for the people who are And my father's whole teaching was summed up in a speech he gave that I was reminded of yesterday, called a Tale of Two Cities. the universe. we live behind sand bags in Washington. HTML transcription by Michael E. Eidenmuller. We believe in Mario Cuomo’s most famous speech was his keynote address at the 1984 Democratic National Convention. union movement. those moments when they would not be able to protect themselves. Mario Cuomo, the former governor of New York who died Thursday at the age of 82, was perhaps best known for a 1984 speech in which he criticized then-President Ronald Reagan for ignoring the plight of lower and middle class Americans. any other Party, we embrace men and women of every color, every creed, every orientation, He said, "Why, this country is a shining city on a hill." families in trouble, more and more people who need help but can't find it. The Republicans — The Republicans believe that the wagon train will not make it to the frontier unless some of the old, some of the young, some of the weak are left behind by the side of the trail. By creating the largest defense budget in history, one that even they now admit is excessive — by escalating to a frenzy the nuclear arms race; by incendiary rhetoric; by refusing to discuss peace with our enemies; by the loss of 279 young Americans in Lebanon in pursuit of a plan and a policy that no one can find or describe. On behalf of the great Empire State and the 10:00. We believe in a government that is characterized by fairness and reasonableness, a reasonableness that goes beyond labels, that doesn't distort or promise to do things that we know we can't do. Former New York Gov. And it would be wrong to forget that. T he late former New York Gov. the American people to judge him on whether or not he's That its disastrous quality is not more fully understood by the American people I can only attribute to the President's amiability and the failure by some to separate the salesman from the product. Cuomo won reelection as governor in 1986 and 1990 but was defeated in his bid for reelection in 1994. And if we're and hope that economic ambition and charity will do the rest. again -- only on a much, much grander scale. Ultimately, Cuomo decided against a run, choosing instead to focus on budgetary issues closer to home in New York. in a kind of social Darwinism. Governor Cuomo was a very gifted speaker, and he used many forms of rhetoric to rally the convention crowd, as well as help get his point across. by the distorted value of the dollar back to its colonial condition. Now how did we -- We could have brought inflation down that way. And remember this, some of us in this room today are here only because this nation had that kind of confidence. aspirations into practical realities. But it's the same shining city for those relative few who are lucky enough to live in its good neighborhoods. That was an election won under false pretenses. And to remind Americans that if they are not happy with all that the President has done so far, they should consider how much worse it will be if he is left to his radical proclivities for another four years unrestrained. An Excerpt from Mario Cuomo's "A Tale of Two Cities" Speech. if the process of unifying is difficult, even wrenching at times. 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