Governor Thompson's Speech. Part I.
The general theme of the talk was the goodness of America and how it is Republican values that drive that goodness. His talk very much focused on compassionate conservatism.
It is an honor to have witnessed that speech and to have his notes. My only regret is I left my tape recorder at home.
The early part of his speech was spent acknowledging Outagamie County and the Wisconsin GOP and on issues of concern to Wisconsin. While acknowledging the hard work of John Gard, Tommy noted John's work in defending one of the innovations that his administration led the Nation in school choice:
John [Gard speaker of the Wisconsin Assembly] doesn't stand in the schoolhouse door, like some cynical politicians who seek to deny Milwaukee children a choice while sending their children to private school (Note: Doyle's kids go to private school [emphasis in original]).
original in all caps, I changed text to regular casing
IIRC he called out a couple of other Democratic politicians who fight school choice while sending their children to private schools.
Then Tommy went to acknowledge Congressman Mark Green. Noting that Mark has been a good friend in Washington D.C. both to the people of the 8th District and the troops fighting the forces of totalitarianism in the world. He then quoted Lincoln
In the Gettysburg Address, Abraham Lincoln said: "We here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain; that this nation shall have a new birth of freedom; and that these government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth." [emphasis in original]
President Lincoln was speaking of our great nation in the wake of the Civil War. But those words are equally as appropriate in Iraq today.
Tommy then reminded us of the tremendous success of the Iraqi election, that Iraq was once the "Paris of the Mideast." That Saddam tore that "Paris" down and was in fact a weapon of mass destruction. Tommy also noted that children would be turned away from the pharmacies while the warehouses were full of the medicines they needed as a ploy to discredit sanctions.
Tommy spent quite a bit of time talking about Afghanistan as well. He reminded us that during the Taliban women were not allowed to work and they were not allowed to disrobe in front of anyone but their husbands. Therefore women were denied health care and what health care was available was extremely crude and often resulted in death. This is now changed because of our actions!
More to follow...