The first paragraph of the preamble to the 2008 Democratic Party Platform reads as follows:
We come together at a defining moment in the history of our nation – the nation that led the 20th century, built a thriving middle class, defeated fascism and communism, and provided bountiful opportunity to many. We Democrats have a special commitment to this promise of America. We believe that every American, whatever their background or station in life, should have the chance to get a good education, to work at a good job with good wages, to raise and provide for a family, to live in safe surroundings, and to retire with dignity and security. We believe that quality and affordable health care is a basic right. We believe that each succeeding generation should have the opportunity, through hard work, service and sacrifice, to enjoy a brighter future than the last.
Mr. Stupak you cannot vote against this bill and still consider yourself to be a Democrat. This is too big, too important an issue for you to turn your back on this bill because it doesn’t go far enough to support an issue that is important to you and a very small majority within our party. For me, and I believe to the vast majority of those of us who call ourselves Democrats this is our core issue, universal health care. I know this bill is far from perfect and does not go far enough in meeting that goal of universal health care, but your objections to this bill are not based on the bill not going far enough, nor the cost. You and your supporters are attempting to hijack health care reform to further an issue that has no business even being part of the current debate.
To vote no against this bill is to turn your back on your country and party. Congressman I also have to ask you, since your religious beliefs are at the core of what you object to in this bill; Would Jesus really want you to be the instrument that denies health care coverage to 31 million Americans?