Sunday, January 4, 2015

Mario Cuomo, RIP -- January 4, 2015

I was sorry to learn of the death of former Governor Mario Cuomo.  If he had run for President, I would have voted for him.  He made a speech at the 1984 Democratic Convention in San Francisco that I still remember. 

"We believe in only the government we need, but we insist on all the government we need. We believe in a government that is characterized by fairness and reasonableness, a reasonableness that goes beyond labels, that doesn't distort or promise to do things that we know we can't do. We believe in a government strong enough to use words like 'love' and 'compassion' and smart enough to convert our noblest aspirations into practical realities. We believe in encouraging the talented, but we believe that while survival of the fittest may be a good working description of the process of evolution, a government of humans should elevate itself to a higher order."

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