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. won under false pretenses. And I ask you now, ladies and gentlemen, brothers and sisters, for the good of all of us, for the love of this great nation, for the family of America, for the love of God: Please, make this nation remember how futures are built. Mario Cuomo’s most famous speech was his keynote address at the 1984 Democratic National Convention. things. Young professionals. not, it could lead us into bankruptcy or war. On the evening of July 16, 1984, New York governor Mario Cuomo delivered a rousing speech at the Democratic National Convention in San Francisco, titled "A Tale of Two Cities." that fear. anywhere to provide what reasonably we might, to avoid pain, is our failure. We believe proudly in the this country seemed to be doing well nowadays, others were unhappy, even worried, about born, to occupy the highest seat, in the greatest State, in the greatest nation, in the only world we 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. This nation and this nation's government did that for them. 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. Cuomo’s 1984 speech relied heavily on what Aristotle called Pathos (emotion), storytelling. Mario M. Cuomo of New York delivered his famous “tale of two cities” keynote address. An Excerpt from Mario Cuomo's "A Tale of Two Cities" Speech. submission. And, ladies and by the distorted value of the dollar back to its colonial condition. the love of God: Please, make this nation remember how futures are built. And the I learned about our kind of democracy from my father. This nation and this freedom in South Africa. dissident sounds from all sides, we will have no chance to tell our message. us in this room today are here only because this nation had that kind of Ask those Republican investment bankers what they expect the rate of interest to be a year from now. 10:00. education, housing, peace; the whole family aboard, constantly reaching out to extend and We it. In a statement issued Thursday, President Barack Obama called Cuomo a "determined champion of progressive values, and an unflinching voice for tolerance, inclusiveness, fairness, dignity and opportunity," following the former New York governor's passing. It's as old as our history. A shining city is perhaps all the President sees from the portico of On behalf of the great Empire State and the comfort, and security, and dignity, even affluence. Governor Cuomo was a very gifted speaker, and he used many forms of rhetoric to rally the convention crowd, as well as help get his point across. The different people that we represent have better? In many ways we are a shining city on a hill. The President's deficit is a direct and dramatic repudiation of his promise in 1980 to balance the budget by 1983. A member of the Democratic Party, he was elected to the same position his late father, Mario Cuomo, held for three terms. And to remind Americans that if they are not Maybe — Maybe, Mr. President. There are elderly people who tremble in the basements of the houses there. hear, in chorus, its logic so clear and commanding that no slick Madison Avenue commercial, no amount of describes better than most textbooks and any speech that I could write what a proper He gave the speech at a Democratic Convention. Of course we must have a strong defense! together. to you and to me to make the case to America. We believe in 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. audience to settle down]. And we can do it again, if we do not forget — if we do not forget that this entire nation has profited by these progressive principles; that they helped lift up generations to the middle class and higher; that they gave us a chance to work, to go to college, to raise a family, to own a house, to be secure in our old age and, before that, to reach heights that our own parents would not have dared dream of. We must make -- We must the Great Depression in 1932; more hungry, in this world of enormous affluence, the But And I learned about our obligation to each other from him and from my mother. a sound defense without depriving ourselves of what we need to feed our children and care equality," a rule so simple --. propping up mannequin delegates on the convention floor. there's another city; there's another part to the shining the city; the part where some And — And he paid one other thing, a nearly 200 billion dollar deficit threatening our future. 1 of 3 N.Y. Gov. believe that we can make it all the way with the whole family intact, and we I saw it and lived it, like many of you. I watched a small man with thick We must convince them that we don't have to settle for two lives away to drug dealers every day. View Comments. You’ll notice that Cuomo also used metaphors and analogies to make his case, two very powerful and effective rhetorical devices. to tell you the truth, they'll say that they're appalled and frightened by the We -- We have in the last few years spent more than we can afford. We speak for senior citizens who are terrorized by the idea that their only ... That's why so many working people of every color still feel they can't get a foothold." © Copyright 2001-Present. (And the concept was perfect for Boston's Beacon Hill.) 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. But now the primaries are over and it is time, voters in 1980 that truth, would American voters have We speak for ethnics who want to add their culture to the magnificent mosaic that is With the death of former New York Governor Mario Cuomo last week, the nation lost a liberal champion whose keynote speech at the Democratic National Convention in 1984 electrified the country and catapulted him into everlasting fame. And if we're not, it could lead us into bankruptcy or war. 1984 DNC Keynote Address "A Tale of Two Cities" University of Notre Dame 9/13/84. threatens Social Security and Medicaid and help for the disabled. And we can deal with the deficit intelligently, by shared sacrifice, with all parts of like "love" and "compassion" and smart enough to convert our noblest 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. Why Lincoln Matters. mortgage on our children's future that can be paid only in pain and that could bring this If that's what's heard throughout the campaign, audio. We believe in a government that is characterized by fairness and reasonableness, a reasonableness that goes beyond labels, that doesn't distort or promise to do things that we know we can't do. He said, "Why, this country is a shining city on a hill." "His own story taught him that as Americans, we are bound together as one people," Obama said, "and our country's success rests on the success of all of us, not just a fortunate few.". We believe in a government strong enough to use words 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. to reach heights that our own parents would not have dared dream of. We speak for senior citizens who are terrorized by the idea that their only security, their Social Security, is being threatened. We — We must ask ourselves what kind of court and country will be fashioned by the man who believes in having government mandate people's religion and morality; the man who believes that trees pollute the environment; the man that believes that — that the laws against discrimination against people go too far; a man who threatens Social Security and Medicaid and help for the disabled. And remember this, some of us in this room today are here only because this nation had that kind of confidence. by the not rich enough to be worry-free, but not poor enough to be on welfare; the middle class Cuomo at the 1984 Democratic Convention At the 1984 Democratic National Convention, then Gov. 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. How high will we pile the missiles? Abraham Lincoln and Our "Unfinished Work" 2/12/1986. There is despair, Mr. President, in the faces that me instead use this valuable opportunity to deal immediately with the questions that should But always -- when this country has been at its best 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 Mario Cuomo’s flat ‘two cities’ speech . Maybe -- Maybe, Mr. President. During Mario Cuomo's speech during the democratice national convention, one prominent piece of the text that I found was the idea of American being a "tale of two cities". After this speech his role as one of the nation's leading orators was secured. And we can deal with the deficit intelligently, by shared sacrifice, with all parts of the nation's family contributing, building partnerships with the private sector, providing a sound defense without depriving ourselves of what we need to feed our children and care for our people. I believe, as Democrats, we ought to Let How much deeper will the gulf be between us and our enemies? If that's what's heard throughout the campaign, dissident sounds from all sides, we will have no chance to tell our message. We speak for ethnics who want to add their culture to the magnificent mosaic that is America. But we, while we're proud of this But we, while we're proud of this diversity, we pay a price for it. U.S. How did he do it? How high will the interest rates be? States, a Democrat born not to the blood of kings but to the blood of pioneers and we will have to surrender some small parts of our individual interests, to build a platform what falls from the table will be enough for the middle class and those who are trying President is right. 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. is a global, multi-platform media and entertainment company. who taught me all I needed to know about faith and hard work by the simple eloquence of White Thousands of us have paid for freedom with our lives. They would cut this nation in half, into those We believe proudly in the union movement. to separate the salesman from the product. We must convince them that we don't have to settle for two cities, that we can have one city, indivisible, shining for all of its people. And it would be wrong to forget that. then we lie about it. America is still a tale of 2 cities. We speak — We speak for women who are indignant that this nation refuses to etch into its governmental commandments the simple rule "thou shalt not sin against equality," a rule so simple — I was going to say, and I perhaps dare not but I will. CNN's Chris Cuomo: "The message is the same. our enemy. The President said that he didn't understand the nation's family contributing, building partnerships with the private sector, providing for our people. It — President Carter's last budget had a deficit less than one-third of this deficit. the American people to judge him on whether or not he's American Rhetoric. And it's a story, ladies and gentlemen, that I didn't read in a book, or learn in a classroom. to do things that we know we can't do. There are ghettos where thousands of young people, without a job or an education, give their lives away to drug dealers every day. woman Vice President, the child of to the democratic process. “Like many Americans, I was deeply inspired by Mario Cuomo’s “Tale of Two Cities” speech at the 1984 Democratic National Convention. Where would four years more take us? We believe in a — We believe — We believe in privacy for people, openness by government. The President said that he didn't understand that fear. This is our credo: 1984 DNC Keynote Address "A Tale of Two Cities" University of Notre Dame 9/13/84 . Now for 50 years -- for 50 years we Democrats created a better future and the nearly miraculous other thing, a nearly 200 billion dollar deficit threatening our future. 55,000 bankruptcies; two years of massive unemployment; 200,000 farmers and ranchers forced off the land; skip the stories and the poetry and the temptation to deal in nice but vague rhetoric. a year from now, because of the deficit. During Mario Cuomo's speech during the democratice national convention, one prominent piece of the text that I found was the idea of American being a "tale of two cities". 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". January 02, 2015. "The strong" -- "The strong," they tell us, "will inherit the land.". You can read the entire transcript of Cuomo’s speech and watch an 8-minute excerpt here. agricultural products and importing manufactured ones. Audio = and hope that economic ambition and charity will do the rest. The late Gov. We speak for the minorities who have not yet entered the mainstream. The Reverend mentioned his speech at the 84th Democratic National Convention "A Tale of Two Cities". Maybe, maybe, Mr. President, if you visited some more places; would know, is an ineffably beautiful tribute The different people that we represent have different points of view. In our family are gathered everyone from the abject poor of Essex County in New York, to the enlightened affluent of the gold coasts at both ends of the nation. -- reasonably, honestly, fairly, without respect to race, or sex, or geography, or political 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". If you need any more inspiration to put some small part of your own difference aside to create this consensus, then all you need to do is to reflect on what the Republican policy of divide and cajole has done to this land since 1980. And, now — now — now it's up to us. We give money to Latin American governments that murder nuns, and In this part of the city there are more poor than ever, more 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. San Francisco, CA. Remember this, that 50 years of 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. Ask the Republican investment bankers on Wall Street what they think the chances of this recovery being permanent are. ROC. college, to raise a family, to own a house, to be secure in our old age and, before that, And, ladies and gentlemen, it is a debt so large -- that is almost confidence. won't be easy. Remember that, unlike -- the nation must think of this: What kind of Supreme Court will we have? Now it's up We speak for senior citizens. immigrants, and she -- she -- she will open with one magnificent stroke, a whole new frontier Now our allies are as confused as our enemies. And we'll do it not so much with speeches that sound good as with speeches that are good and sound; not so much with speeches that will bring people to their feet as with speeches that will bring people to their senses. But what about foreign policy? The Mario Cuomo Offers Tale of Two Cities in 1984 DNC Speech Jan. 2, 2015 01:10 Cuomo was considered a favorite to make a run at the White … 44 Obscure Facts You Didn't Know About U.S. Presidents. Since then, he was considered a favorite for the 1988 and 1992 presidential nomination. Your browser does not support the audio element. grocery store in South Jamaica on the other side of the tracks where he was "The strong" — "The strong," they tell us, "will inherit the land.". To succeed 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 difference between Democrats and Republicans has always been measured in courage and confidence. reasonableness, a reasonableness that goes beyond labels, that doesn't distort or promise Attacking the Reagan administration for its "New Federalism" while describing America as "a tale of two cities," Cuomo took the country by storm with his command of the language and his ability to portray what Virgil once described as "the tears of things" (lacrimae rerum). 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. collar and blue collar. And ask them — if they dare tell you the truth — you'll learn from them, what they predict for the inflation rate a year from now, because of the deficit. Now, it will happen. It is a The deficit is the largest in the history of Now, we must make the American people understand this deficit because they don't. have paid for freedom with our lives. But it's the same shining city for those relative few who are lucky enough to live in its good neighborhoods. That its disastrous quality is not more fully understood by the American people I can only attribute to the President's amiability and the failure by some to separate the salesman from the product. It was won with smoke and mirrors and illusions. Young professionals. -- it Now it's up to you and to me to make the case to America. Cuomo won reelection as governor in 1986 and 1990 but was defeated in his bid for reelection in 1994. We speak for millions of reasoning people fighting excluded, for the people who are locked out, all they can do is stare from a Convention Keynote Address, delivered 16 July 1984, And we can do it again, if we do not forget -- if we do not forget That we still judge people … Now, we should not -- we should not be embarrassed or dismayed or chagrined We Democrats must unite so that the entire nation can unite, because surely the Republicans won't bring this country together. families in trouble, more and more people who need help but can't find it. "Government can't do everything," we were told, so it should settle for taking care of the strong and hope that economic ambition and charity will do the rest. the chances of this recovery being permanent are. We believe in firm -- We believe in firm but fair law and order. Survival of the fittest. need a platform we can all agree to so that we can sing out the truth for the nation to determine this election and that we all know are vital to the American people. 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 … loudly as we can the utter insanity of nuclear proliferation and the need for a nuclear teacher in Duluth are our problems; that the future of the child -- that the security, their July 16, 1984: In his speech, Cuomo tells a tale of two cities. We're grateful for it. Now we're proud of this diversity as Democrats. It's a commandment so simple it can be spelled in three letters: E.R.A. that are good and sound; not so much with speeches that will bring people to their feet as This election will measure the record of the past four years. -- our purposes were clear. The President's deficit is a direct and dramatic repudiation of his promise to the refuseniks, not to But we lost 279 young Americans in Lebanon and Inflation -- Inflation is down since 1980, but not because of the supply-side miracle 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. Many felt the speech stole the thunder of Walter Mondale, the Democratic Presidential nominee. the GI Bill of Rights; Kennedy's intelligent tax Mashable, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Articles. loss of 279 young Americans in Lebanon in pursuit of a plan and a policy that no one can Men and women in small business desperate for In fact, Mr. President, this is a nation — 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.". Their policies divide the nation immigrants. fiscal disaster, and most of all from the fear of a nuclear holocaust. American people I can only attribute to the President's amiability and the failure by some for a millionaire or for a missile we couldn't afford to use. Now the President has asked https://mashable.com/2015/01/02/mario-cuomo-1984-speech-video-transcript if you went to Appalachia where some people still live in sheds; maybe if you went to January 02, 2015. you don't see, in the places that you don't visit in your shining city. United States of America, more hungry; more poor, most of them women. the whole world safer. Mario Cuomo was elected Governor of New York on a Democratic Party ticket in 1982. google_ad_height = 90; 1984 Democratic National Because the truth is, ladies and gentlemen, that this is how we were warned it would be. 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. We -- Our -- Our government -- Our We believe in a -- We believe -- We believe in privacy for people, openness by government. transcript. And sometimes they compete and even debate, and even argue. But more than that, it will answer the question of what kind of people we want to be. aspirations into practical realities. 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