Friday, January 2, 2015

Mario Cuomo

The three time governor of my state and the father of our current governor has passed away. Mario – you will be missed. My tribute is to link to his 1984 speech in San Francisco known as the Tale of Two Cities:
But the hard truth is that not everyone is sharing in this city's splendor and glory. A shining city is perhaps all the President sees from the portico of the White House and the veranda of his ranch, where everyone seems to be doing well. But there's another city; there's another part to the shining the city; the part where some people can't pay their mortgages, and most young people can't afford one; where students can't afford the education they need, and middle-class parents watch the dreams they hold for their children evaporate. 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. Even worse: There are elderly people who tremble in the basements of the houses there. And there are people who sleep in the city streets, in the gutter, where the glitter doesn't show. There are ghettos where thousands of young people, without a job or an education, give their lives away to drug dealers every day. 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. 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."
These words apply even 30 years later. Mario – rest in peace!

1 comment:

Larry Signor said...

Where have all our Marios gone? America seems to have become everything he feared and warned US about. Ronald Reagans' message of suffering and despair haunts US more than ever, today.