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Hakeem Jeffries explains Dem principles – using the alphabet

The leader of the Democrats in the U.S. House laid out what they stood for, in a speech the video of which went viral almost immediately.

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As shared by user progressive2016 on Daily Kos, “Rep. Hakeem Jeffries first speech as House Democratic Leader was pure poetry.” And part way through the speech, people began to realize Jeffries was laying out what the House Dems stood for, in alphabetical order.

You can learn more about the speech here, including a video of the speech. For now, though, let’s look at the list of things that the House Democrats — and indeed, Democrats everywhere — stand for.

From the speech:

“But I also want to make clear that we will never compromise our principles. House democrats will always put

American values over autocracy.

Benevolence over bigotry.

The Constitution over the cult.

Democracy over demagogues.

Economic opportunity over extremism.

Freedom over fascism.

Governing over gaslighting.

Hopefulness over hatred.

Inclusion over isolation.

Justice over judicial overreach.

Knowledge over kangaroo courts.

Liberty over limitation.

Maturity over Mar-A-Lago.

Normalcy over negativity.

Opportunity over obstruction.

People over politics.

Quality of life issues over Qanon.

Reason over racism.

Substance over slander.

Triumph over tyranny.

Understanding over ugliness.

Voting rights over voter suppression.

Working families over the well-connected.

Xennials over xenophobia.

Yes we can’ over ‘You can’t do it’, and

Zealous representation over zero-sum confrontation.”


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