‘We’re going to lift our party up’

It’s so easy to forget what got us into this in the first place. We get caught up in bitching at one another or even at Republicans, and forget all that we have to take joy in, all that we have to hope for, and all the strength at our disposal. We forget that we have people who say things like this:

We believe in a strong and secure America… And we believe we will be stronger by having a moral foreign policy.

We need to embrace real political reform — because only real reform will pry government from the grasp of the special interests who have made a mockery of reform and progress for far too long.

The pundits have said that this election was decided on the issue of moral values. I don’t believe that. It is a moral value to provide health care. It is a moral value to educate our young people. The sense of community that comes from full participation in our Democracy is a moral value. Honesty is a moral value.

If this election had been decided on moral values, Democrats would have won.

It is time for the Democratic Party to start framing the debate.

We have to learn to punch our way off the ropes.

We have to set the agenda.

We should not hesitate to call for reform — reform in elections, reform in health care and education, reforms that promote ethical business practices. And, yes, we need to talk about some internal reform in the Democratic Party as well, and I’ll be discussing that more specifically in the days ahead.

Reform is the hallmark of a strong Democratic Party.

Those who stand in the way of reform cannot be the focus of our attention for only four months out of every four years.

Reform is a daily battle.

And we must pursue those reforms with conviction — every day, at all levels, in 50 states.

God. Just … God. Somebody’s been listening. And I don’t care how many times they’re gonna replay the scream and I don’t care how many people write to me and say, “Yeah, well, then why couldn’t he beat Kerry then” and I don’t want to replay the primaries over again. When Kerry was talking, I loved it. I love anybody who stands up and in public says what he or she believes. What I believe. What we all believe. I love this speech, I love the love of country that informed it, and I think I’m going to go read it again.