Op-ed: Six Speeches that Made the 2020 DNC

by THT Staff

Joe Biden

To some people Joe Biden represents an extension of the Obama administration and to others he represents a potential American president we are all too familiar with.  Americans want change, real change.  No longer can politicians skirt around their words, but lack action that follows. The American people not only want, but need and demand results.

Joe Biden told voters that he will “defend America” and that he will be an “ally of the light and not the dark”.  He went on to explain that he is a  “proud Democrat” and that he plans to work as hard for those who didn’t support him as he does for those who did, “that’s the job of the President.”  

The election is about “winning the heart and the soul of America,”  it’s not just about the votes.  Our young people deserve to “experience America in full.”  While America undergoes “the perfect storm” we must come together and make a difference together.  

Joe Biden knows we must choose a path of togetherness to heal America and make us whole.  “This is a life-changing election that will determine what America is going to look like for a long time”  As the President of the United States, Joe Biden plans to fight for all Americans, be the hope that we all seek in these moments.  Americans are lost, but Joe Biden believes that if he and Kamala Harris are given the chance to give people light and they will find the way.”  

Kamala Harris

The DNC was the first time many voters heard Kamala Harris open up about her story and why she is running for Vice President.  Like many Americans, her parents were both immigrants and after her parents divorced, she was raised by a single mother who taught her to be a “strong woman of color.”  Unlike any other Presidential candidate, she is a graduate of an HBCU, Howard University, and a member of the sorority Alpha Kappa Alpha.  Though it is beautiful to see a black woman on stage running for Vice President, her past decisions do not leave Americans, especially black Americans, without questions and their doubts.  Right now, Americans are looking for hope in a better future and Kamala believes that she and Joe Biden are the future they are looking for.

Kamala Harris urged Americans to get out and vote because the plan she and Biden have for America is “a promise worth fighting for.” She admitted that what America has ahead of us will be difficult, but that the two of them together will act boldly and in truth. 

She expressed how she is inspired by this generation that encourages “justice and fairness and love. A generation that pushes us to live the values that we share as Americans.”  Harris believes that she and Joe Biden along with the rest of Americans can change the course of the nation if we get out together “fight with conviction, fight with hope, fight with confidence in ourselves and to a commitment to each other”

She concluded that “we (Americans) are in this together.”  She and Joe Biden need the rest of us to walk with them in faith that we can make America a better nation together, one that is worth fighting for.

Michelle Obama

Michelle Obama has a way of bringing the passion out of the Democratic Party and a way with words that holds the American people together. She stepped on the DNC stage and wore the naked truth on her shoulders.  She let Americans know that “the job of Presidency is hard” and that our current President is not equipped to represent this nation.  “You simply cannot fake your way through this job.  Being President doesn’t shape who you are, it reveals who you are.” 

Obama believes that it is our American duty to get out and vote in numbers like never before.  The lack of voter representation during the last election is what got an unfit President in the oval office in the first place, now it is up to us to fix it “four years later, (after the Obama presidency) our nation is in a very different state.” We are a divided nation and people, especially people of color, are suffering more and more each day. The current state of the White House is not the America our ancestors fought for. Obama explained, “whenever we look to this White House for some leadership or consolation or any semblance of steadiness, what we get instead is chaos, division, and a total and utter lack of empathy.” This is not what America is about and she encourages voters to get out and do the right thing by casting their vote for a better country.

Barack Obama

Seeing Barack Obama on stage gives many Americans a dose of the peace we once had four years ago.  Barack backing Joe Biden and referring to him as his “brother,” holds serious weight.  He spent most of his speech describing the character of Joe Biden explaining that he made him “a better President” and that he chose “an ideal partner (Kamala Harris), someone who knows how to overcome barriers.” 

Barack believes that Biden & Harris will get America back on its feet and “rescue the economy.”  He also stated that Biden sees the chance to make America better than it has ever been before and “restore our standing in the world.”More importantly, Barack firmly believes that Kamala and Joe “actually care about every American and they actually care about democracy.”

Barack passionately believes that  “Donald Trump has not grown into the job, because he can’t,” however Joe Biden and Kamala Harris will be the future that America has been yearning for.  Presidents before Trump, including Barack Obama “made this country more just, and more equal, and more free” and he believes that Joe Biden and Kamala Harris will continue down the same path of equality and freedom for all.  

Elizabeth Warren

Focused on the lack of child care during the pandemic and informed voters “Joe Biden has some real good plans.”  She outlined a list of plans that Joe Biden has, mostly concerning everyday American people. Elizabeth Warren knows what it is like to be a teacher without the proper child care, dealing with the stress of it all.  “Childcare is part of the basic infrastructure of this nation”  and Warren stands with Joe on a plan to provide better and more affordable child care so that “people can work.”

“Our economic system has been rigged to give bailouts to billionaires and kick dirt in the face of everyone else” and it is time that America holds the most wealthy accountable, “get this country working for everyone.”  

On Nov 3rd, we will hold them all accountable, Warren explained.  “COVID-19 was Trump’s biggest test, he failed miserably” and as we all know by watching the progress of other countries, it did not have to be this way.  Like many other speakers in the 2020 DNC, Elizabeth Warren urged all Americans to not give up and to fight  “we all need to be in the fight to get Joe and Kamala elected.”

Bernie Sanders

Bernie Sanders knows the people “yearn for a nation based on the principles of justice, compassion, and fairness.”  As he stated, “during this presidency, the unthinkable has become normal.”  Many things that have happened during this administration have harmed the people and have attempted to normalize behaviors not fit for the oval office.

“We need a movement like never before” as we are fighting this pandemic, racial injustice, and climate change.  Trump has 170,000 deaths on his head and “millions of working families are wondering how they will feed their kids.”  This is not the America that we have all grown to love.  It is time for a change “against greed, oligarchy, and bigotry” and “together we must build a nation that is more equitable, more compassionate, and more inclusive.  I know that Joe Biden will begin that fight on day one.”

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