DENVER, Aug. 25 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — The following is a transcript of a speech, as prepared for delivery, by Leah Daughtry at the Democratic National Convention on Monday, August 25, 2008:
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The Reverend Leah D. Daughtry
Democratic National Convention
Monday, August 25, 2008
Remarks as Prepared for Delivery
Good afternoon, my sister and brother Americans. Welcome to Denver and the most historic gathering of the 21st century at this, the 2008 Democratic National Convention. As the daughter of four generations of pastors and a pastor myself, I am particularly honored to be here and serve as host of this convention.
Yesterday we held the first-ever Democratic Convention interfaith gathering. That it occurred at all is thanks to insightful Democrats who know the power of faith in their personal lives. Many Democrats have been and will continue to be people of enormous faith who summon God into their midst. And as we assemble here these next few days, we will synchronize our hearts and minds and walk together in unswerving certainty to create an agenda for the benefit of all Americans.
It is no news to you that Americans are watching our jobs disappear. We are working harder, earning less, struggling to keep our homes, paying higher prices for everything and fearing for the safety of our children who are fighting wars half a world away.
It is no news to you that during these nearly eight years of clouded days and wary nights, America’s moral authority has been compromised, her good will squandered and her safety made more uncertain than ever. Yet, we Americans are determined. We need a change.
We cannot afford four more years of the same failed policies. And that’s why we’re here: to nominate Barack Obama to lead us toward the change we need. As we embark upon a week of historic work, seeking to fulfill the responsibility of faithful citizenship, remember those who sent you here, those for whom you stand. Remember it is our sacred responsibility as Democrats to make life better for the community of the human family.
It is our sacred responsibility to advocate for all the people, most especially the least, the last, and the lost, the discouraged and the despondent, the disenfranchised and the dispossessed. For them and for ourselves, for the work that must be done, for the bridges that must be built, for the children who must be saved, for the sick who must be healed, for the last who must be first.
We come together, and we step from the shadows of comfort and complacency. We come together to take back our power, to take back our country. And to all who would challenge our place, our position, who would question our fortitude, our focus, we come together and declare with one voice: yes we can.