On Wednesday night, California, Kamala Harris made history, as the first Black and South Asian woman to accept major party’s vice presidential nomination, promising to be a champion for the voiceless and forgotten Americans who are struggling in the midst of a pandemic and an economic crisis.
“A vision of our nation as a beloved community, where all are welcome, no matter what we look like, where we come from, or who we love”, Harris said , stating she and former Vice President Joe Biden shares the same opinion.
Kamala Harris introduced herself as the daughter of Indian and Jamaican immigrants who would strive to restore the principles of inclusivity after four years of divisiveness under Trump, citing the example of her mother who she taught her daughters to “be conscious and compassionate about the struggles of all people, and to believe that, “the fight for justice is a shared responsibility.” Harris noted that was why she became a prosecutor who tried to reform the criminal justice system from within.
Harris has often argued that President Donald Trump’s tactics have torn the nation apart as he forced the separation of families at the border, vilified immigrants, excoriated his political opponents and urged government officials to dominate peaceful demonstrators in the streets after the death of George Floyd at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer.
Harris said, “Though Americans may not agree on every detail, they are united by the fundamental belief that every human being is of infinite worth, deserving of compassion, dignity and respect.”
Harris, on invoking Floyd’s memory, Harris asked Americans to join her in combating racism and xenophobia.
Harris said, ” There is no vaccine for racism, we have got to do the work . For George Floyd. For Breonna Taylor. For lives of too many others to name, for our children, for all of us.” Adding that, ” We have got to do the work to fulfill that promise of equal justice under law, because none of us are free until all of us are free.”
Harris sister – Maya Harris, her niece Meena Harris and her stepdaughter, Ella Emhoff, the three generations of women, delivered the speech virtually officially nominating the California senator as the Democratic nominee for vice president of the US.
During the convention’s cold open to stoke excitement about the night’s program and to urge Democrats to fight through adversity to cast their votes, Harris made a surprise appearance.
She said, ” So, I think we need to ask ourselves, why don’t they want us to vote? why is there so much effort to silence our voices? and the answer is because when we vote, things change. When we vote things get better. When we vote, we address the need for all people to be treated with dignity and respect.”
President Barack Obama, for the last three and a half years, largely receded into the background while Trump sowed chaos, punished his political opponents and nurtured his grievances as the nation plunged into a pandemic and an economic collapse.
On Wednesday, Obama stepped into the role that Democratic activists have been yearning for him to take, speaking to Americans as plainly as he could about the stakes if Trump is reelected. Serving as a character witness for Joe Biden, he excoriated Trump for showing no interest in finding common ground, no interest in using the awesome power of his office to help anyone but himself and his friend, no interest in treating the presidency as anything but one more reality show that he can use to get the attention he craves.
Obama said, “Donald Trump has not grown into the job because he can not and the consequences of that failure are severe.” Adding that, “170,000 Americans dead, millions of jobs are gone while those at the top take in more than ever. Our worst impulses unleashed, our proud reputation around the world badly diminished and our democratic institutions threatened like never before.”
“Joe and Kamala will restore our standing in the world, and as we have learned from this pandemic, that matters”, he also added, “Joe knows the world and the world knows him. He knows that our true strength comes from setting an example the world wants to follow, a nation that stands with democracy, not dictators. A nation that can inspire and mobilize others to overcome threats like climate change, terrorism, poverty and disease.” “But more than anything, what I know about Joe, what I know about Kamala is that they actually care about every American. “
Hillary Clinton, a former secretary of state who ran against trump in 2016, said, “I wish Donald Trump had been a better president, because America needs a better president than this,” Clinton instated, she meant it after the last election when she said Trump was owned an open mind and a chance to lead.
Clinton, also said, “Remember back in 2016 when Trump asked, What do you have to lose? Well now we know, our health, our jobs, our loved ones, our leadership in the world and even our post office,” before calling for everyone to vote.
Don’t forget, Joe and Kamala can win 3 million more votes and still lose. Take it from me, we need numbers so overwhelming Trump cant sneak or steal his way to victory.”
Pelosi contrasted that female leadership with her interactions with Trump, which have often been contentious and explosive, culminating in Trump exploding in anger at the House speaker last fall and the veteran California Democrat walking out on the meeting still the last time they have spoken.
Warren said, “Its time to recognize that child care is part of the basic infrastructure of this nation, its infrastructure for families. Joe and Kamala will make high quality child care affordable for every family, make preschool universal and raise the wages for every child care worker.”.