Right Wing News wants to know: which prominent Democrat gave the following speech, and when did they give it?
"I believe that most Americans would agree on the problems this country faces and which the next administration must solve. They include the need, once again, for an economy that works. The economy today is in very, very bad shape, the highest unemployment since the Great Depression, xx% higher than when Mr. X took office, raging inflation. The latest wholesale price index is once again raising the specter of double-digit inflation. The purchasing power of the average American has slipped so much that it's now the equivalent of the purchasing power in XXXX. It's not getting better, it's getting worse. All the leading indicators now point downward. Stock investors are losing confidence. Over $XX xxxxxx of value has disappeared from the stock market in less than a month.
We need a government that works, we need a government that cares, and once again, we have to get back at work on education, on health, on housing, on the environment, on energy. And we need a foreign policy that once again reflects the values and the beliefs of the American people. This will take leadership, and we need leadership, too. The Republican administration, the Republican Party has had eight years to solve these problems. All of them have gotten worse. The Republican ticket does not offer new plans for their solution but is engaged in a frantic effort to defend the past. This nation desperately needs new leadership. The XXXXXX-YYYYYYY ticket would offer a new generation of leadership dedicated to solving the problems I have listed, and that is the basis of our appeal."
Hint: It was during a Vice-Presidential debate...
No, not Crazy Joe Biden, you silly goose!
It was Walter Mondale that spoke the words above, and the new leadership that was desperately elected was the Jimmy Carter/Walter Mondale ticket.
Maybe that's why we hear the Democrats repeat this mantra ad nasuesm - because it has worked for them once or twice in the last quarter-century or so, and like all blinded superstitionalists, believe that it is the chant, repeated with the right effects and accents, that make the result possible.
Meanwhile...presenting Barack Obama as 2008's version of Jimmy Carter, as per Walter Mondale. Still think that Obama will be more like a David Dinkins - a elected official pushed into office by a media who conviced an easily duped New York electorate into thinking he would bring the racial healing and liberal salve that the city so desperately needed.
Turned out to be a disaster, as race relations hit an all-time low (anti-Asian rioting, anti-Semitic pogroms), crime hit an all-time high, and the soothing liberal words of a mayor whose leftist thinking didn't account for these eventualities simply acted as accelerant on the fire.
Result? Dinkins booted in four years (a la Jimmy Carter), and a city that is registered over 66% Democrat has elected Republican mayors for the last sixteen years and counting. And nary an old school liberal in sight, as New Yorkers cringe in fear from "the next Dinkins".
Obama's fate? Likely.
But America's fate? To be turned into 1988-1992 New York, writ on large scale, complete with race riots, freed "misunderstood" criminals, and an horrific economy? At this point in time in the world?
This is the change we have coming. The spirit of '76, indeed...