Written by on January 17, 2019

Story by: Chuck Tackett


The following is excerpts from Nancy Pelosi’s 2019 Speaker of the House acceptance speech. I hope you all are inspired by it as I was.

“We enter the new Congress with a sense of great hope and confidence for the future, and deep humility and powerfulness in the face of the challenges ahead.

Our nation is at a historic moment. Two months ago, the American people spoke and demanded a new dawn.

They called upon the beauty of our Constitution, our system of checks and balances that protects our democracy, remembering that the Legislative Branch is Article 1: the first branch of government, co-equal to the President and Judiciary.

They want a Congress that delivers results for the people, opening up opportunities and lifting up their lives.

When our new members take the oath, our Congress will be refreshed, and our Democracy will be straightened by the optimism, idealism, and patriotism of this transformative Freshman class.

Working together, we will redeem the promise of the American Dream for every family, advancing progress for every community.

We must be pioneers of the future.

This Congress must accelerate a future that advances America’s performance in the world and opens up opportunities for all.

Building an economy that gives all Americans the tools they need to succeed in the 21st Century’s public education, workforce development, good paying jobs, and secure pensions.

We have heard from too many families who wonder in this time of innovation and globalization if they have a place in the economy of tomorrow.

We must remove all doubt that they do, and say to them we will have an economy that works for you.

Let us declare that we will call upon the bold thinking needed to address the disparity of income in America – which is at the root of the crisis of confidence felt by so many Americans.

As Justice Brandeis said, ‘We may have democracy, or we may have wealth concentrated in the hands of the few, but we can’t have both.’

We must end that injustice and restore the public’s faith in a better future for themselves and their children.

We must be champions of the middle class and to all those who aspire to it because the middle class is the backbone of democracy.

It has been since the birth of democracy itself.

Aristotle said, ‘It is manifest that the best political community by citizens of the middle class in which the middle class is large and stronger than the other classes.’

We must fight for the middle class in a way that is fair and fiscally sound – protecting Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security.

We must also face the existential threat of our time: climate change across manifested in natural disasters of epic proportions.

The American people understand the urgency. The people are ahead of the Congress. The Congress must join them.

That is why we have created the Select Committee on the Climate Crisis. The entire Congress must work to put an end to the inaction and denial of science that threatens the planet and the future.

This is a public health decision for clean air and clean water, an economic decision for Americans, global performance for green technology, a security decision to keep us safe, a moral decision to be good stewards of God’s creation.

We have no illusions that our work will be easy, that all of us in this chamber will always agree. But let each of us pledge that when we disagree, we will respect each other and we will respect the truth.

We will debate and advance good ideas no matter who they come from.

And in that spirit, Democrats will be offering the Senate Republicans appropriation legislation to re-open government later today – to meet the needs of the American people to protect our borders and to respect our workers.

And I pledge that the Congress will be transparent, bipartisan, and unifying: that we will seek to reach across the aisle in this Chamber and across this great nation.

In the past two years, the American people have spoken. Tens of thousands of public events were held. Hundreds of thousands of people turned out. Millions of calls were made.

Countless families – even sick little children, the little lobbyists – bravely came forward to tell their stories. And they made the difference.

Now the floor of this House must be America’s, Town Hall. In here, the people will see our debating and where their voices will be heard and affect our decisions.

This House will be for the people empowered by our mandate, we will pursue our mission to lower healthcare costs and prescription drug prices, and protect people with pre-existing conditions: to increase paychecks by rebuilding America with green and modern infrastructure from sea to shining sea. To pass HR1 to restore integrity to government, so that people can have confidence that government works for the public interests, not the special interests

This House will take action on overdue legislation that has bipartisan in Congress and across the country.

We will make our communities safer and keep our sacred promise to the victims, survivors, and families of gun violence by passing common-sense bipartisan background check legislation.

We will make America fairer by passing the Equality Act to end discrimination against LGBTQ Americans and we will make America more American by protecting our patriotic, courageous Dreamers.

As President Reagan said in his last speech as President: ‘If we close the door to new Americans, our leadership in the world would soon be lost.’

Our common cause is to find and forge a way forward for our country. Let us stand for the people to promote liberty and justice for all, and always, always keep our nation safe from threats old and new from terrorism and cyber warfare, from overseas and here at home.

That is the oath we will take – to protect and defend.”

Nancy D’Alessandro Pelosi
Speaker of the House
January 3rd, 2019

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