Too Hot for DNC Primetime: Rev. Jesse Jackson Blasts Iraq War as a "Moral Disgrace"

July 29, 2004

We hear an excerpt of a speech by the Rev. Jesse Jackson at the DNC that was not given a primetime slot in which he denounces the invasion and occupation of Iraq. [includes rush transcript]

  • Rev. Jesse Jackson, speaking at the Democratic National Convention.


This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form.

AMY GOODMAN: One of the most impassioned speeches at the convention last night was from Reverend Jesse Jackson. But his speech was not given in a prime-time slot. Reverend Jackson denounced the invasion and occupation of Iraq.

JESSE JACKSON: In the dark, a President chooses tax cuts for millionaires, the job cuts for steel workers and other workers, fire fighters and police, the president talks of homeland security but lets AK-47’s and on the street. Hope comes in the morning for those of Appalachia, the coal miners dying every six hours from black lung disease. Hold on. "Hope cometh in the morning for our children who were sent to war in Iraq on bad intelligence and worse leadership". (applause). Fight a war that is foreign to our values, leaves us weaker and less secure. Sent to a war in Iraq, the wars of mass deception are more power than weapons of mass destruction. It is a moral disgrace. A moral disgrace. America deserves better. It is a moral disgrace. (applause) but, a new day is dawning. A new America is turning, paying the power, because beyond the extreme right wing is a beautiful rainbow of all of god’s children. Out of the darkness of the Bushes, we feel the soaring of an American eagle on the horizon.

AMY GOODMAN: The Reverend Jesse Jackson in his not-in-prime-time slot last night at the Democratic National Convention.