Quotes by: Barbara Jordan
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Texas's 18th district
January 3, 1973 – January 3, 1979
|Member of the Texas Senate
from the 11th district
January 10, 1967 – January 3, 1973
||Barbara Charline Jordan
February 21, 1936
Houston, Texas, U.S.
||January 17, 1996 (aged 59)
Austin, Texas, U.S.
||Nancy Earl (late 1960s–1996)
||Texas Southern University
In other times, I could stand here and give this kind of exposition on the beliefs of the Democratic Party and that would be enough. But today that is not enough. People want more.
I think it no accident that most of those emigrating to America in the 19th century identified with the Democratic Party. We are a heterogeneous party made up of Americans of diverse backgrounds.
Even as I stand here and admit that we have made mistakes I still believe that as the people of America sit in judgment on each party, they will recognize that our mistakes were mistakes of the heart. They'll recognize that.
There is no obstacle in the path of young people who are poor or members of minority groups that hard work and preparation cannot cure.
There is no executive order; there is no law that can require the American people to form a national community. This we must do as individuals and if we do it as individuals, there is no President of the United States who can veto that decision.
Let each person do his or her part. If one citizen is unwilling to participate, all of us are going to suffer. For the American idea, though it is shared by all of us, is realized in each one of us.
Throughout out history, when people have looked for new ways to solve their problems, and to uphold the principles of this nation, many times they have turned to political parties. They have often turned to the Democratic Party.
We have a positive vision of the future founded on the belief that the gap between the promise and reality of America can one day be finally closed. We believe that.
More is required of public officials than slogans and handshakes and press releases. More is required. We must hold ourselves strictly accountable. We must provide the people with a vision of the future.
A government is invigorated when each of us is willing to participate in shaping the future of this nation.
A nation is formed by the willingness of each of us to share in the responsibility for upholding the common good.
One thing is clear to me: We, as human beings, must be willing to accept people who are different from ourselves.
We are a people in a quandary about the present. We are a people in search of our future. We are a people in search of a national community.
The citizens of America expect more. They deserve and they want more than a recital of problems.
I believe that women have a capacity for understanding and compassion which man structurally does not have, does not have it because he cannot have it. He's just incapable of it.
What the people want is very simple - they want an America as good as its promise.
I felt somehow for many years that George Washington and Alexander Hamilton just left me out by mistake. But through the process of amendment, interpretation, and court decision, I have finally been included in 'We, the people.'
Let us heed the voice of the people and recognize their common sense. If we do not, we not only blaspheme our political heritage, we ignore the common ties that bind all Americans.
Let's all understand that these guiding principles cannot be discarded for short-term political gains. They represent what this country is all about. They are indigenous to the American idea. And these are principles which are not negotiable.
Let there be no illusions about the difficulty of forming this kind of a national community. It's tough, difficult, not easy. But a spirit of harmony will survive in America only if each of us remembers that we share a common destiny.