Artur Davis Delivers the Speech Every Democrat Should Hear

| August 29 2012
David Leeper

Artur Davis is a former Democrat Congressman from Alabama.  He is the former National Co-Chair of Obama’s 2008 campaign.  He is the man who seconded Barack Obama’s nomination at the 2008 Democrat Convention.

And he is now a Republican.

Why?  Why did he change parties?  What is he doing?

At the Republican Convention on August 28, in a surgically precise speech with many memorable lines, it took him only 9 minutes to both explain and inspire.

Every Democrat who still thinks for himself/herself should hear this speech.

6 comments
SC63086
SC63086

I hope that this is a sigh that, that someday soon we will all just be Americans. No hyphens no two word labels, just AMERICANS... It is time to drop the labels and come together to set this country on the right path...NO more lies from the progressives Commies or politician's, left or right, ignore the whacked out fringes with their stupid demands and people have to STOP looking for hand out. Realize that the family is and always has been the key to promoting stability with all its personal problem's and drawbacks. Life is not a bowl of cherries as many have wanted, it's life and as a species we had better learn to deal with the many challenges we face.

 

 Just saying....

sleepergirl
sleepergirl

Guess what? Davis is getting vilified by members of his former colleagues in the Congressional Black Caucus. I admire Davis for the courage of his convictions and embracing the party that more aligns with his values and vision for the country. What a contrast to Charlie Crist, who as former Repubican governor of Florida ran for the US Senate as an unknown Marco Rubio and was defeated in the GOP primary. He then ran on the General ballot as an Independent and lost again. Now he's endorsing Obama and speaking at the Democrat Convention, hoping to further his personal "fortunes" with a position in Obama's administration. Just looking out for No. 1, huh, Charlie?

dleeper47
dleeper47 moderator

 @SC63086 I'm with you.  But over 100 million dead in gulags, labor camps, and prisons in the 20th century hasn't been enough for the Left to turn away from the utopian visions of socialism / progressivism / collectivism / statism / redistributionism / communism, so I don't expect we'll see it happen in our lifetimes.  They just keep on trying.

WesternFreePress
WesternFreePress moderator

 @sleepergirl The notion that Crist has no values outside of his own aggrandizement is now well-established.

WesternFreePress
WesternFreePress moderator

 @dleeper47  @SC63086 They do, but . . . .

 

I have been thinking recently that maybe Hegel/Marx were right about the evolution of society, but wrong about where it is going. We saw THE STATE, in its largest totalitarian manifestation, discredited in the 20th century. Now, we are in the process of seeing the "lite" version---call it "welfare-state capitalism---being discredited as well. It is unsustainable, just as totalitarianism was, and there is nothing like COMPLETE FAILURE of the implementation of an idea to prove to people that the idea doesn't work. It takes human beings a long time to figure stuff out, but we do get it eventually. The left has been at this for about 200 years, and 100 years in earnest. That really isn't that long---just a few generations. The obvious and public failure---possibly the spectacular failure---of welfare-state capitalism may just deal a death blow to statism. People are now talking about things---entitlement and public union reform, e.g.---that were totally impossible to discuss just a few short years ago.I believe we may be headed into a new period of increasing liberty and decreasing statism, as a part of the natural human process of  . . . figuring stuff out. It's gonna be messy, and it won't happen fast enough for any of us living today, but it may be happening. Indeed, in a sort of quasi-Hegelian way, maybe the result of the process of figuring things out and slowly weeding out failed ideas in favor of good ones will lead us to a place where government is much smaller, and human beings are much freer.