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Full Speech: Deval Patrick "Just Words" Boston Common 2006

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Published on Aug 6, 2014

10/15/06, Boston Common
"I will not engage in the politics of fear. Because fear is poisonous. All through history it has been used to hold back progress and limit fairness. Only hope defeats fear. It always has. At a candidates forum last week, the moderator asked each of us to say something nice about the other candidates. Kerry Healey rather grudgingly said, Well, she said about me, he can give a good speech. She would know this not because she has ever attended a speech of mine but because she sends a nice gentleman around and he films me. But her dismissive point, and I hear it from her staff, is that all I have to offer is words.

Just words.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.

Just words.

We have nothing to fear but fear itself.

Just words.

Ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country.

Just words.

I have a dream.

Just words.

Let me say it before any of you do: I am no Dr. King, no John Kennedy, no Franklin Roosevelt or Thomas Jefferson. But I do know that the right words, spoken from the heart with conviction, because of a vision of a thing beyond our reach and a faith in the unseen, can be a call to action.
And so when you hear my words, or when you speak your own to your neighbors, hear them and speak them as a call to action..."

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