I generally have tried to listen only to political players who for one reason or another were relevant. My assessment to date has been that the Reverend Al Sharpton was about as irrelevant as they come. After his speech at the Democratic national Convention on Wednesday night however, I am inclined to give the man a bit more credit. unfortunately, as reported elsewhere, the rest of the news media didn’t even bother to listen to his speech.
Here is an excerpt from that speech regarding a song dedicated to the memory of the victims of of the September 11th attacks synchronized over 990 other stations:
As you know, we lost Ray a few weeks ago, but I sat there that morning and listened to Ray sing through those speakers, Oh beautiful for spacious skies, for amber waves of grain, for purple mountains’ majesty across the fruited plain.
And it occurred to me as I heard Ray singing, that Ray wasn’t singing about what he knew, because Ray had been blind since he was a child. He hadn’t seen many purple mountains. He hadn’t seen many fruited plains. He was singing about what he believed to be.
Mr. President, we love America, not because all of us have seen the beauty all the time.
But we believed if we kept on working, if we kept on marching, if we kept on voting, if we kept on believing, we would make America beautiful for everybody.
Starting in November, let’s make America beautiful again.”
Text of a speech by Al Sharpton, delivered at the Democratic National Convention Wednesday night, as transcribed by e-Media, Inc.