Monday, June 12, 2006
Transcript: Democratic State Convention Speech
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[ Jim Maddox, former Texas Attorney General introduced David Van Os as a, "A Harry Truman type give 'em hell type Democrat!" ]
I am David Van Os and I'm looking forward to being sworn in as your people's Lawyer next January. I've got a message...I've got a message for the big oil companies and the insurance monopolists and the utility barons and all the other robber barons that are praying and pillaging on the people of this state: You better go ahead and spend every penny of your billions of dollars to try to beat me in this election because, when I get sworn in, I'm coming after you!
Think back. Think back around 10 years ago. Take your memories back to around 1996. We were all looking forward to a bridge to a new century and the new millennium. At that time, it looked like it was going to be a pretty good century. Well, something got in the way. A bunch of gangsters stole an election and took over the country and what they've been doing for the last 5 and a half years...they've been showing us that they want to wipe out constitutional checks and balances. They want to abolish the rule of law. They want to extinguish the rights and liberties of the people and they've turned the country over to the corporate robber barons. And you know what? They didn't come from here and when they went to Washington they left their junior partner gangsters in charge in Austin. What that means is that we here in Texas...we here in Texas are the ones that have to dig that evil up by it's roots because no where else can it be dug up and eradicated they way it's got to done. We Texans...we Texans have a moral responsibility to our fellow Americans in 49 other states to take care of it right here (inaudible because the crowd was going wild).
I've got a message also to the representatives of the embedded corporate media. Keep writing...you keep writing newspaper stories making fun of our democratic candidates talking about how the...you keep saying the Democratic party doesn't have candidates and all that kind of stuff. How dare you make fun of citizens who are fulfilling the highest obligation and most noble duty in democracy? Our Democratic party, we are all the heirs...we are all the heirs of the great democrats of the past. We are all the heirs of the founder of our party, Thomas Jefferson the author of the Declaration of Independence. We are all heirs of Andy Jackson. We are all heirs of Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson. We are all heirs of Ralph Yarborough. You know, Ralph Yarborough went around the state saying, "Put the damn on the lower shelf so the little people can reach it." Well, hell! The damn is so high up now the little people can't even see it. We have got to put it back down because the Democratic Party is the party of the people...inaudible...and this Democratic Party is going to take this country back.
Your friends and neighbors...your friends and neighbors...your good neighbors and friends who have been voting Republican are not the enemy folks. They are the victims. The enemies are the ruthless political hustlers who've been tricking them and conning them out of their votes. And, it is our duty to lead the people of this state to make sure that we take it back from those power grabbers who use it for nothing but personal gain and restore it to the people of this state. It is an historic duty. It is a moral obligation. And, there is no tomorrow. There is no wait for next year. There is no rebuilding, keep your powder dry or any of that kind of nonsense. It's now! We've got to do it now. Right now. inaudible Right now 2006. inaudible
You have a magnificent...you have a magnificent Democratic ticket for your statewide candidates because they're all from the grassroots. None of them were picked from up above by kingmakers or influence peddlers or would be power brokers. They are all grassroots Democrats. They're all fighting Democrats. And, they're all doing this because they want to take a stand and fight back and put the state back into the hands of the people. Our message, all of us together...our message to the people of this state is, "We're taking a stand. Join us in this fight! Join us in this fight to return this state to the people who own it. Put it back in the hands of the people of the state. It does not belong to the CEOs of the insurance companies and the oil executives and the utility barons. It belongs to the people. It belongs to all of the people of this state. The people you represent here as delegates and this year we are going to take it back. Thank you all very much.
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