Sunday, June 08, 2008

The Speech- no. 9


It was once said that the moral test of Government is how that Government treats those who are in the dawn of life, the children; those who are in the twilight of life, the elderly; and those who are in the shadows of life, the sick, the needy and the handicapped.


The children. The elderly. The sick, the needy and the handicapped.

Those were the passions of the individual, Hubert H. Humphrey, who spoke those words. Hillary Clinton is no Hubert Humphrey (thank you, Lloyd Bentsen) but consider that Mrs. Clinton was an intern for the famous childrens' advocate, Marian Wright Edelman, and advised the Childrens Defense Fund. And in her concession speech yesterday, 6/7/08, Mrs. Clinton highlighted the concern for both the elderly and the ill which arguably characterized her pursuit of the presidential nomination. Not a bad epitaph for a speech, and a campaign.

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