We believe proudly in the Where would — Where would another four years take us? the capital and contracts that they need to prove their worth. We know we can, because we did it for recession, the worst since 1932. they don't. ©2020 On behalf of the great Empire State and the A short excerpt follows. promised to us by the President. who are lucky enough to live in its good neighborhoods. ally, the state of Israel. it. Now, we should not -- we should not be embarrassed or dismayed or chagrined And that's the kind of recovery we have now as well. It will happen if we make it happen; if you and I make it We talked about the Tale of Two Cities and talked about the division in society, that there's one set of rules for the wealthy and the powerful, and then there's another reality for the poor and for the voiceless. We believe we must be the family of America, recognizing that at the heart of the matter we are bound one to another, that the problems of a retired school teacher in Duluth are our problems; that the future of the child — that the future of the child in Buffalo is our future; that the struggle of a disabled man in Boston to survive and live decently is our struggle; that the hunger of a woman in Little Rock is our hunger; that the failure anywhere to provide what reasonably we might, to avoid pain, is our failure. In many ways we are a shining city on a hill. And this is our answer to the question. process of evolution, a government of humans should elevate itself to a higher order. government should be: the idea of family, mutuality, the sharing of benefits and burdens In this part of the city there are more poor than ever, more families in trouble, more and more people who need help but can't find it. what falls from the table will be enough for the middle class and those who are trying bankers what they expect the rate of interest to be a year from now. You’ll notice that Cuomo also used metaphors and analogies to make his case, two very powerful and effective rhetorical devices. We believe in a single -- We believe in a signed the loan certificate for him on Election Day? But now the primaries are over and it is time, when we pick our candidates and our platform here, to lock arms and move into this campaign together. The different people that we represent have We can have a future that provides for all the young of the present, Mario Cuomo delivered a rousing address that became known as the “tale of two cities” speech that propelled him onto the national stage. believe that while survival of the fittest may be a good working description of the And the President is right. They would cut this nation in half, into those temporarily better off and those worse off than before, and they would call that division recovery. Now, if -- if July -- if July brings back That -- That is the Republican record. The President's deficit is a direct and dramatic repudiation of his promise in 1980 to balance the budget by 1983. anywhere to provide what reasonably we might, to avoid pain, is our failure. google_ad_width = 728; bottoms of his feet, a man who came here uneducated, alone, unable to speak the language, It is a every economic class. We can build a future that deals with our deficit. Democrats did it — Democrats did it and Democrats can do it again. different points of view. Maybe -- Maybe, Mr. President, if you stopped in at a shelter in Chicago and spoke to lives away to drug dealers every day. HTML transcription by Michael E. Eidenmuller. if you went to Appalachia where some people still live in sheds; maybe if you went to And sometimes they compete and even debate, and even argue. We believe in a single — We believe in a single fundamental idea that describes better than most textbooks and any speech that I could write what a proper government should be: the idea of family, mutuality, the sharing of benefits and burdens for the good of all, feeling one another's pain, sharing one another's blessings — reasonably, honestly, fairly, without respect to race, or sex, or geography, or political affiliation. And I ask you now, ladies and gentlemen, brothers and sisters, for January 02, 2015. we will have to surrender some small parts of our individual interests, to build a platform But what about foreign policy? July 16, 1984: In his speech, Cuomo tells a tale of two cities. Sakharov, not to Mario Cuomo Offers Tale of Two Cities in 1984 DNC Speech Then New York Gov. I chose to analyze former New York Governor Mario's Cuomo's 1984 Democratic National Convention speech, also known as the 'Tale of Two Cities' speech. Unrestrained. Maybe, maybe, Mr. President, if you visited some more places; maybe if you went to Appalachia where some people still live in sheds; maybe if you went to Lackawanna where thousands of unemployed steel workers wonder why we subsidized foreign steel. Of course Democrats are for a strong defense. We Democrats still have a dream. It was his gospel and what it said are there are two societies there are two Americas and one is for the rich and the white, and one is for the poor and the minorities, and if we don't' acknowledge that duality, if we don't acknowledge that reality, then we are kidding ourselves. past four years. fiscal disaster, and most of all from the fear of a nuclear holocaust. AP/file 1984. And -- And he paid one The Republicans are And we can do it again, if we do not forget -- if we do not forget calluses on both his hands work 15 and 16 hours a day. mortgage on our children's future that can be paid only in pain and that could bring this Young professionals. We still believe in this nation's We speak for senior citizens who are terrorized by the idea that their only Roosevelt's born, to occupy the highest seat, in the greatest State, in the greatest nation, in the only world we is a global, multi-platform media and entertainment company. willing to treat that division as victory. ours, the most affluent democracy in the world's history, one that can spend trillions on But now the primaries are over and it is time, Bishop Tutu and the others struggling for To succeed How much deeper will the gulf be between us and our enemies? And, ladies and gentlemen, please think of this — the nation must think of this: What kind of Supreme Court will we have? Mario Cuomo was a politician most well known for his liberal beliefs and oratory skills, most notably his "Tale of two cities" speech at the 1984 Democratic National Convention. people of every ethnic group, and native Americans -- all those struggling to build their this country seemed to be doing well nowadays, others were unhappy, even worried, about Mr. Cuomo concluded his rebuttal of President Reagan: There is despair, Mr. President, in the faces that you don't see, in the places that you don't visit in your shining city. Now we're proud of this diversity as Democrats. distance at that city's glimmering towers. That's what our primaries were all about. But more than that, it will answer the question of what kind of They say they have. The speech galvanized the convention; it was watched on television by nearly 80 million people and received copious attention in the media. immigrants, and she -- she -- she will open with one magnificent stroke, a whole new frontier you don't see, in the places that you don't visit in your shining city. But always -- when this country has been at its best Now the President has asked Alliance for Progress; His son And in between is the heart of our constituency — the middle class, the people not rich enough to be worry-free, but not poor enough to be on welfare; the middle class — those people who work for a living because they have to, not because some psychiatrist told them it was a convenient way to fill the interval between birth and eternity. for our people. A Tale of Two Cities was a speech delivered by New York Governor Mario Cuomo on July 16, 1984, at the Democratic National Convention in San Francisco, California. And we can deal with the deficit intelligently, by shared sacrifice, with all parts of But After Mario M. Cuomo, then the governor of New York, delivered his “Tale of Two Cities” keynote address during the 1984 Democratic National Convention in San Francisco, he received a … We can have a future that provides for all the young of the present, by marrying common sense and compassion. much more acid rain killing our forests and fouling our lakes? Text = Now, it will happen. And to remind Americans that if they are not confidence. more homeless -- more homeless than at any time since © Copyright 2001-Present. We would rather have laws written by the patron of this great city, the man called the "world's most sincere Democrat," St. Francis of Assisi, than laws written by Darwin. to do things that we know we can't do. But we, while we're proud of this teacher in Duluth are our problems; that the future of the child -- that the google_ad_client = "ca-pub-4540749582151874"; 1984 DNC Keynote Address "A Tale of Two Cities" University of Notre Dame 9/13/84. the American people to judge him on whether or not he's Young professionals. We speak for senior citizens who are terrorized by the idea that their only security, their Social Security, is being threatened. In this essay I also write about the effectiveness of this speech. would know, is an ineffably beautiful tribute Ten days ago, President Reagan admitted that although some people in this country seemed to be doing well nowadays, others were unhappy, even worried, about themselves, their families, and their futures. Words Matter: Mario Cuomo's 1984 Tale of Two Cities Relevant to Today's Politics of Disappointment. Johnson's civil rights; Carter's human rights United States of America, more hungry; more poor, most of them women. Think about it practically: What chance would the Republican We must convince them that we don't have to settle for two city [sic] cities, that we can have one city, indivisible, shining for all of its people. we live behind sand bags in Washington. In many ways we are a shining city on a hill. Maybe, maybe, Mr. President, if you visited some more places; if the process of unifying is difficult, even wrenching at times. by marrying common sense and compassion. San Francisco, CA. Ever since Franklin Roosevelt lifted himself from his wheelchair to audio. Please allow me to skip the stories and the poetry and the temptation to deal in nice but vague rhetoric. Now, we must make the American people understand this deficit because they don't. live in dignity and see one of their children go from behind their little They asked only for a chance to work and to make the world better for their children, and they — they asked to be protected in those moments when they would not be able to protect themselves. Now, how important is this question of the deficit. Social Security, is being threatened. one-half of the money we collect from the personal income tax each year goes who taught me all I needed to know about faith and hard work by the simple eloquence of Democrats did it -- Democrats did it and Democrats can do it again. 1984 DNC Keynote Address "A Tale of Two Cities" University of Notre Dame 9/13/84 . This point was made by Cuomo because he was trying to refute Ronald Reagan's idea of America being a "shining city upon a hill". to preserve our environment from greed and from stupidity. Where would four years more take us? But we lost 279 young Americans in Lebanon and Mario Cuomo: "A Shining City On A Hill" (17 July 1984) On behalf of the Empire State and the family of New York, I thank you for the great privilege of being able to address this convention. There are elderly people who tremble in the basements of the houses there. And, ladies and gentlemen, it is a debt so large — that is almost one-half of the money we collect from the personal income tax each year goes just to pay the interest. his example. Abraham Lincoln and Our "Unfinished Work" 2/12/1986. people can't pay their mortgages, and most young people can't afford one; where students Since then, he was considered a favorite for the 1988 and 1992 presidential nomination. Where would four years more take us? to tell you the truth, they'll say that they're appalled and frightened by the The President said that he didn't understand the White House and the veranda of his ranch, where everyone seems to be doing well. But I'm afraid not. The difference https://mashable.com/2015/01/02/mario-cuomo-1984-speech-video-transcript Ask them what they think of our economy, now that it's been driven Ever since Franklin Roosevelt lifted himself from his wheelchair to lift this nation from its knees — wagon train after wagon train — to new frontiers of education, housing, peace; the whole family aboard, constantly reaching out to extend and enlarge that family; lifting them up into the wagon on the way; blacks and Hispanics, and people of every ethnic group, and native Americans — all those struggling to build their families and claim some small share of America. Cuomo told the crowd of delegates at the 1984 Democratic National Convention in San Francisco. And remember this, some of like "love" and "compassion" and smart enough to convert our noblest Restricted. Survival of the fittest. [The] struggle to live with dignity is the real story of the shining city. Cuomo’s 1984 speech relied heavily on what Aristotle called Pathos (emotion), storytelling. Less than halfway through his first term as governor, Cuomo was widely celebrated for the speech, and he … for their children evaporate. 10:00. Mashable, MashBash and Mashable House are among the federally registered trademarks of Ziff Davis, LLC and may not be used by third parties without explicit permission. I saw it and lived it, like many of you. Unrestrained. Their policies divide the nation into the lucky and the left-out, into the royalty and the rabble. Articles. We believe -- We believe as Democrats, that a society as blessed as We must make -- We must make the American people hear our "Tale of Two Cities." We will have a new President of the United If that's what's heard throughout the campaign, If that's what's heard throughout the campaign, dissident sounds from all sides, we will have no chance to tell our message. We struggle; that the hunger of a woman in Little Rock is our hunger; that the failure [beckons government we need. That struggle to live with dignity is the real story of the shining need a platform we can all agree to so that we can sing out the truth for the nation to But for the people who are the GI Bill of Rights; Kennedy's intelligent tax Their policies divide the nation Governor Mario Cuomo (D-NY) delivered the keynote address at the 1984 Democratic National Convention. aspirations into practical realities. And, now -- now -- now it's up to us. We must get the American public The Republicans are willing to treat that division as victory. We -- Our -- Our government -- Our Inflation was reduced the old-fashioned way: with a Now, we should not — we should not be embarrassed or dismayed or chagrined if the process of unifying is difficult, even wrenching at times. Republicans -- The Republicans believe that the wagon train will not make it to the frontier unless some of We still believe in this nation's future. The truth is, the Tale of Two Cities is still true today - that the wealthy and the powerful have one reality and the poor and the voiceless have another reality." And we Democrats the old, some of the young, some of the weak are left behind by the side of the trail. Please allow me to skip the stories and the poetry and the temptation to deal in nice but vague rhetoric. just to pay the interest. For nearly 50 years we carried them all to new levels of everything," we were told, so it should settle for taking care of the strong Earlier today, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo delivered remarks at God's Battalion of Prayer Church in Brooklyn. appealing rhetoric with a more telling reasonableness and rationality. Related Videos. the nation's family contributing, building partnerships with the private sector, providing having government mandate people's religion and morality; the man who believes that trees pollute the environment; the man I learned about our kind of democracy from my father. Gov. to look past the glitter, beyond the showmanship to the reality, the hard substance of The President said that he didn't understand that fear. 55,000 bankruptcies; two years of massive unemployment; 200,000 farmers and ranchers forced off the land; more homeless — more homeless than at any time since the Great Depression in 1932; more hungry, in this world of enormous affluence, the United States of America, more hungry; more poor, most of them women. help she needed to feed her children because you said you needed the money for a tax break We believe in only the government we need, but we insist on all the government we need. How much deeper the cuts in programs for the struggling "Tale of Two Cities." We speak -- We speak for young people demanding an education and a future. We believe in civil rights, and we believe in human rights. Now our allies are as confused as our enemies. President is right. How high will the interest rates be? 1 of 3 N.Y. Gov. After Mario M. Cuomo, then the governor of New York, delivered his “Tale of Two Cities” keynote address during the 1984 Democratic National Convention in San Francisco, he received a … by the families in trouble, more and more people who need help but can't find it. And my father's whole teaching was summed up in a speech he gave that I was reminded of yesterday, called a Tale of Two Cities. us in this room today are here only because this nation had that kind of How We're using cookies to improve your experience. CNN's Chris Cuomo: "The message is the same. We must convince them that we don't have to settle for two homeless, care for the elderly and infirm, and hope for the destitute. They say they have. We believe in firm — We believe in firm but fair law and order. By Kia Makarech i. January 2, 2015. fill the gaps that are left by chance or by a wisdom we don't fully understand. "The strong" -- "The strong," they tell us, "will inherit the land.". The College of Saint Rose 3/20/89 (Death Penalty) 1992 Nominating Speech, Democratic National Convention. not, it could lead us into bankruptcy or war. Now, it will happen. Governor Cuomo calls the video of the arrest of Mr. Floyd "horrendous" and says he "shares the outrage and stands with the protesters." A Tale of Two Cities was a speech delivered by New York Governor Mario Cuomo on July 16, 1984, at the Democratic National Convention in San Francisco, California. We're grateful for into its governmental commandments the simple rule "thou shalt not sin against There are ghettos where thousands of young people, without a job or an education, give their lives away to drug dealers every day. We will have a new President of the United States, a Democrat born not to the blood of kings but to the blood of pioneers and immigrants. must unite. We must makewe must make the American people hear our "Tale of Two Cities." How high will we pile the missiles? recovery. This point was made by Cuomo because he was trying to refute Ronald Reagan's idea of America being a "shining city upon a hill". Now we're exporting -- it We believe in encouraging the talented, but we States, a Democrat born not to the blood of kings but to the blood of pioneers and excluded, for the people who are locked out, all they can do is stare from a in a kind of social Darwinism. that believes that -- that the laws against discrimination against people go too far; But the hard truth is that not everyone is sharing in this city's Of course Democrats are for a strong defense. Of course we must have a strong defense! comfort, and security, and dignity, even affluence. Today our great Democratic Party, which has saved this nation from depression, from fascism, from racism, from corruption, is called upon to do it again — this time to save the nation from confusion and division, from the threat of eventual fiscal disaster, and most of all from the fear of a nuclear holocaust. We have been less than zealous in support of our only real friend — it seems to me, in the Middle East — the one democracy there, our flesh and blood ally, the state of Israel. Now we have no real commitment to our friends or to our ideals — not to human rights, not to the refuseniks, not to Sakharov, not to Bishop Tutu and the others struggling for freedom in South Africa. Cuomo was known for his liberal views and public speeches, particularly his keynote speech address at the 1984 Democratic National Convention in which he sharply criticized the policies of the Reagan administration, saying, "Mr. President, you ought to know that this nation is more a 'Tale of Two Cities' than it is just a 'Shining City on a Hill.'" Ten days ago, President Reagan admitted that although some people in And in order to succeed, we must answer our opponent's polished and appealing rhetoric with a more telling reasonableness and rationality. temporarily better off and those worse off than before, and they would call that division They refuse. where we come from and to claim the future for ourselves and for our children. We speak for senior citizens. They refuse. To succeed we will have to surrender some small parts of our individual interests, to build a platform that we can all stand on, at once, and comfortably — proudly singing out. 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