Barbara Jordan: Speaking the Truth with Eloquent Thunder by Max Sherman

By Max Sherman

Respected by means of american citizens around the political spectrum, Barbara Jordan used to be "the such a lot outspoken ethical voice of the yank political system," within the phrases of former President invoice Clinton, who provided her the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1994. all through her profession as a Texas senator, U.S. congresswoman, and wonderful professor on the Lyndon B. Johnson university of Public Affairs, Barbara Jordan lived by way of an easy creed: "Ethical habit capability being sincere, telling the reality, and doing what you stated you have been going to do." Her powerful stand for ethics in govt, civil liberties, and democratic values nonetheless offers a typical round which the state can unite within the twenty-first century. This quantity brings jointly numerous significant political speeches that articulate Barbara Jordan's so much deeply held values. They comprise: "Erosion of Civil Liberties," a graduation handle brought at Howard collage on could 12, 1974, during which Jordan warned that "tyranny in the US is feasible" "The Constitutional foundation for Impeachment," Jordan's ringing security of the U.S. structure earlier than the home Judiciary Committee investigating the Watergate break-in Keynote addresses to the Democratic nationwide Conventions of 1976 and 1992, during which Jordan set forth her imaginative and prescient of the Democratic get together as an suggest for the typical stable and a catalyst of switch Testimony within the U.S. Congress at the affirmation of perfect courtroom nominee Robert Bork and on immigration reform Meditations on religion and politics from nationwide Prayer Breakfasts attractiveness speech for the 1995 Sylvanus Thayer Award provided by means of the organization of Graduates of the USA army Academy, within which Jordan challenged the army to uphold the values of "duty, honor, nation" Accompanying the speeches, a few of which readers may also watch on an enclosed DVD, are context-setting introductions through quantity editor Max Sherman. The publication concludes with the eloquent eulogy that invoice Moyers introduced at Barbara Jordan's memorial carrier in 1996, during which he summed up Jordan's extraordinary lifestyles and profession by means of asserting, "Just after we despaired of discovering a hero, she confirmed up, to provide the signal of democracy. . . . this is often no small factor. This, my acquaintances, this can be grace. And for it we're thankful."

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Barbara Jordan was preaching to Democrats in 1976, and through her words in text and on dvd she is once again preaching to a nation. Delivering the keynote address to the Democratic National Convention, July 12, 1976. Photograph by Warren K. S. News and World Report, July 11–12, 1976. S. News and World Report Collection, Prints and Photographs Division. lc-u 9-32937, frame 32a-33. indb 34 10/25/06 2:44:28 PM democratic national convention keynote address, new york, july 12, 1976 w ho t he n w il l s p e a k f or t h e c om mon g o od?

And what we see today is simply a dress rehearsal for the day and time we meet in convention to nominate Madame President. This country can ill afford to continue to function using less than half its human resources, less than half its kinetic energy, less than half its brain power. We had a nineteenth-century visitor from France named de Tocqueville. ” I can only say the twentieth century will not close without the presence of women being keenly felt. We must leave this convention tonight with a determination to convince the American people to trust us.

We can do it. What we need to do, Democrats, is believe that it is possible to win. It is possible. We can do it. Now, you have heard a lot about change tonight. Every speaker here has said something about change. And I want you to talk with me for a few minutes about change. ” From what to what? This change—which is very rhetorically oriented—this change acquires substance when each of us contemplates the public mind. What about the public mind? There appears to be a general apprehension in the country about the future.

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