(Online Participant) Speech of Julian Bond seconding the nomination of Senator Eugene McCarthy, [August] 1968

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FELLOW DELEGATES, FELLOW DEMOCRATES, FELLOW AMERICANS -WE ARE HERE IN THE MIDST OF TRYING AND DIFFICULT TIMES -- TIMES WHICH CHALLENGE OUR PARTY, OUR COUNTRY, AND THE FUTURE OF DEMOCRACY ITSELF.

I AM HERE TODAY TO SECOND THE NOMINATION OF THE MAN WHO HAS SPOKEN OUT MOST CLEARLY AND STRONGLY ABOUT THE CHALLENGE OF 1968, THE MAN WHO HAS SPELLED OUT FOR ALL AMERICANS THE CHANGES WE NEED TO MEET THAT CHALLENGE, THE MAN WHO HAS BEGUN ALREADY TO LEAD US TOWARD A NEW DAY IN AMERICAN POLITICS -- SENATOR EUGENE MC CARTHY OF MINNESOTA.

IF IT WERE NOT FOR SENATOR MC CARTHY WE WOULD BE MEETING HERE UNDER VERY DIFFERENT CONDITIONS TODAY.

WE WOULD NOT HAVE AN OPEN CONVENTION -- WE WOULD HAVE MERELY AN ECHO OF 1964.

WE WOULD NOT BE TESTING OUR OWN PROCEDURES -- BECAUSE THE NEW FORCES OF AMERICAN POLITICS, THE PEOPLE WHO ARE DEMANDING FULL DEMOCRACY IN EVERY ASPECT OF AMERICAN LIFE, WOULD NOT BE HERE AND THEY ARE HERE, TONIGHT

WE WOULD NOT BE CONSIDERING OUR NATIONAL PRIORITIES -- WE WOULD BE RUBBER STAMPING THE POLICIES OF THE PAST FOUR YEARS.

AND ABOVE ALL, WE WOULD NOT HAVE HAD A NATIONAL JUDGMENT ON THE WAR IN VIETNAM -- AN OVERWHELMING REJECTION OF A WAR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE NEVER CHOSE AND NEVER SUPPORTED -- A REJECTION OF THE WAY WE HAVE CARRIED ON THAT WAR, A REJECTION OF THE ROLE OF THE MILITARY IN OUR FOREIGN POLICY, A REJECTION OF EMPTY SLOGANS AND MISLEADING PROPAGANDA.

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222222222222 THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE DEMANDING A FUNDAMENTAL CHANGE -- THAT, I THINK, IS THE GREAT LESSON OF THE CAMPAIGN OF 1968. THEY ARE DEMANDING AN END TO THE POLITICS OF UNFULFILLED PROMISES AND EXAGGERATION, AND END TO THE POLITICS OF MANIPULATION AND CONTROL.

THEY KNOW THEY WILL NOT GET THAT CHANGE FROM THE REPUBLICAN PARTY. THE MIAMI CONVENTION MADE THAT VERY CLEAR. THE QUESTION NOW -- THE GREAT QUESTION OF 1968 -- IS WHETHER THIS PARTY -- THE PARTY WHICH HAS ALWAYS CLAIMED TO BE THE PARTY OF THE PEOPLE -- CAN NOW RESPOND TO THE WILL OF THE PEOPLE. THE QUESTIO NIS WHETHER WE WILL GIVE THEM THE ONE MAN WHOSE NAME IS SYNONYMOUS WITH A NEW POLITICS OF 1968 AND A NEW HOPE FOR AMERICA.

ALL OVER THE WORLD, 1968 IS A YEAR IN WHICH PEOPLE HAVE BEEN RISING UP AND DEMANDING FREEDOM -- FROM BIAFRA TO GEORGIA, FROM CZECHOSLOVAKIA TO CHICAGO.

IT IS A YEAR OF PEOPLE -- STUDENTS AND TEACHERS, BLACK AND WHITE WORKERS AND HOUSEWIVES. ALL OVER THE WORLD PEOPLE WANT TO BE FREE TO SPEAK AND TO MOVE ABOUT, FREE TO PROTEST AND TO BE HEARD, FREE TO LIVE HONORABLE LIVES AND MOST OF ALL, FREE TO PARTICIPATE IN THE POLITICS WHICH AFFECT THEIR LIVES.

THAT IS THE FREEDOM WE SEEK TONIGHT THROUGH THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY IN 1968.

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DON'T TELL US WE ARE GOING TO GET THAT FREEDOM THROUG THE POLICIES OF THE PAST -- FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE REJECTING THOSE POLICIES.

DON'T TELL US WE ARE GOING TO GET THAT FREEDOM FROM THE LEADERS OF THE PAST -- BECAUSE THEY DON'T EVEN UNDERSTAND WHAT WE ARE TALKING ABOUT.

FOR ME, AND FOR MILLIONS OF DEMOCRATS AND INDEPENDENTS, MILLIONS OF YOUNG PEOPLE AND BLACK PEOPLE AND POOR PEOPLE, THERE IS ONE DANDICATE WHO UNDERSTANDS. THERE IS ONE CANDIDATE WHO HAS LIVED IT DAY BY DAY.

THAT MAN IS GENE MC CARTHY. AND HE IS THE ONLY CANDIDATE WHO CAN WIN FOR US IN 1968. HE IS THE ONLY CANDIDATE WHO CAN WIN BECAUSE HE IS THE ONLY CANDIDATE WHOM THE AMERICAN PEOPLE CAN BELIEVE IN.

HE IS THE ONLY CANDIDATE WHO IS SAYING NOW WHAT HE SAID IN NOVEMBER. HE IS THE ONLY CANDIDATE WHO REFUSES TO SAY THE EASY THING OR THE SIMPLE THING. HE IS OUR LAST HOPE IN 1968 FOR A PRESIDENT WHO WILL TELL THE TRUTH TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE.

BEFORE GENE MC CARTHY CAME ALONG, THE YOUNG PEOPLE OF AMERICA THOUGHT THAT OUR COUNTRY WAS CRIPPED BY VIOLENCE AND HATRED -- AND THAT NOTHING COULD BE DONE. BUT GENE MC CARTHY PUT OUR YOUNG PEOPLE TO WORK FOR AMERICA.

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WHEN OTHERS HELD BACK, GENE MC CARTHY ASSUMED THAT THERE COULD BE DIALOGUE IN AMERICA --- THAT THERE COULD BE TALK BETWEEN YOUNG AND OLD, BLACK AND WHITE, RICH AND POOR. AND THERE WAS TALK, THERE WAS DEBATE, THERE WAS FULL AND FREE DISCUSSION IN OUR LAND.

WHEN OTHERS HELD BACK, GENE MC CARTHY ASSUMED THAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE COULD BEAR THE TRUTH -- AND WE LEARNED THAT NOT ONLY COULD THEY BEAR IT --- THEY WERE HUNGRY FOR TRUTH, STARVING FOR FRANKNESS AND HONESTY, AND HOPING AND PRAYING FOR A CANDIDATE WHO WOULD SPEAK FREELY AND OPENLY.

WHEN OTHERS HELD BACK, GENE MC CARTHY ASSUMED THAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE COULD PASS A JUDGEMENT. AND WE HAVE SEEN THAT JUDGMENT PASSED.

WE HAVE SEEN ALL THAT IS BEST IN AMERICA DEMANDING AN END TO THE IMMORAL WAR IN VIETNAM AND A FULL COMMITTMENT TO ALL THOSE WHO ARE EXCLUDED IN OUR COUNTRY, TO ALL THOSE WHO ARE INJURED AND INSULTED, TO ALL WHO GO HUNGRY AND POWERLESS IN THE MIDST OF AFFLUENCE AND LUXURY.

AMERICANS OF GOOD FAITH NOW REALIZE THERE IS ONE CANDIDATE WHO HAS NEVER SPOKEN ON THE SIDE OF REPRESSION AND VIOLENCE, ONE CANDIDATE WHO HAS NEVER PROMISED MORE THAN HE COULD FULFILL, ONE CANDIDATE WHO HAS SPOKEN QUIETLY AND STEADILLY OF BRINGING TOGETHER BLACK PEOPLE AND WHITE PEOPLE TO MAKE A NEW START IN THIS COUNTRY. ONE CANDIDATE WHO HAS STOOD FOR GENEROSITY AND HUMANITY TOWARD THE SMALLER NATIONS OF THE WORLD.

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5555555555 AND THAT CANDIDATE IS GENE MC CARTHY.

FELLOW DELEGATES, THE PEOPLE OF AMERICA ARE WATCHING US NOW --AS INDEED THE WHOLE WORLD IS WATCHING US. THEY ARE LOOKING TO THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY TO HONOR THEIR FAITH IN DEMOCRACY. THEY ARE WAITING AND WATCHING FOR A NEW KIND OF HONESTY IN AMERICAN POLITICS.

AFTER ALL THAT HAS HAPPENED IN 1968, AFTER ALL WE HAVE DONE AND ALL WE HAVE LEARNED -- CAN WE AFFORD TO ABANDON GENE MC CARTHY? CAN WE DENY THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THE CHANCE TO VOTE FOR THE ONE MAN WHO HAS MADE A DIFFERENCE -IN OUR PARTY, IN OUR POLITICS AND IN THE DIRECTION OF OUR COUNTRY?

THE CHOICE WE MAKE WILL BE LONG REMEMBERED. IT IS NOT TOO LATE TO LOOK ONCE MORE WITHIN OURSELVES. IT IS NOT TOO LATE TO GIVE THE BEST WE HAVE.

IT IS NOT TOO LATE TO GET OURSELVES TOGETHER AND TO NOMINATE A MAN WHO IS ALREADY ONE OF OUR GREATEST LEADERS -- A MAN WHO WILL BECOME IN TIME ONE OF OUR GREATEST PRESIDENTS.

I AM PROUD TO SECOND THE NOMINATION OF SENATOR EUGENE J. MC CARTHY.

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