August 2011

The record the Democratic Party has made in the last 20 years is the greatest political asset any party ever had in the history of the world. We would be foolish to throw it away. There is nothing our enemies would like better and nothing that would do more to help them win an election.

I’ve seen it happen time after time. When the Democratic candidate allows himself to be put on the defensive and starts apologizing for the New Deal and the fair Deal, and says he really doesn’t believe in them, he is sure to lose. The people don’t want a phony Democrat. If it’s a choice between a genuine Republican, and a Republican in Democratic clothing, the people will choose the genuine article, every time; that is, they will take a Republican before they will a phony Democrat, and I don’t want any phony Democratic candidates in this campaign.

But when a Democratic candidate goes out and explains what the New Deal and fair Deal really are–when he stands up like a man and puts the issues before the people–then Democrats can win, even in places where they have never won before. It has been proven time and again.

We are getting a lot of suggestions to the effect that we ought to water down our platform and abandon parts of our program. These, my friends, are Trojan horse suggestions. I have been in politics for over 30 years, and I know what I am talking about, and I believe I know something about the business. One thing I am sure of: never, never throw away a winning program. This is so elementary that I suspect the people handing out this advice are not really well-wishers of the Democratic Party.


I’d add: There’s nothing really Trojan about it. It’s overtly a bill to cut Social Security and Medicare via the phase II “supercongress” (aka “Catfood Commission II”).

The people of Memphis did not send Steve Cohen to Washington to repeal the New Deal. And that’s what this bill is. Because this bill passed, Social Security WILL be cut, and Medicare WILL be cut (don’t delude yourselves about the “cuts for providers only” part.  Primary care providers (PCPs) are already operating in the red when they see Medicare patients. They literally already take a loss by seeing Medicare patients. Further cutting their payments only serves to lock the elderly out of any health care whatsoever.  It’s a” hurry up and die” policy.)

Social Security is solvent for the next quarter century.

The leadership of the Congressional Black Caucus and the Out of Poverty Caucus is calling for protests at the White House.

We’ve got to educate the American people at the same time we educate the President of the United States. The Republicans, Speaker Boehner or Majority Leader Cantor did not call for Social Security cuts in the budget deal. The President of the United States called for that,” Conyers, who has served in the House since 1965, said. My response to him is to mass thousands of people in front of the White House to protest this,” Conyers said strongly.