Mario Cuomo

Mario
Cuomo
1985

American Politician, Governor of New York

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We believe in only the government we need, but we insist on all the government we need.

We believe we must be the family of America, recognizing that at the heart of the matter we are bound one to another, that the problems of a retired school teacher in Duluth are our problems; that the future of the child ? that the future of the child in Buffalo is our future; that the struggle of a disabled man in Boston to survive and live decently is our struggle; that the hunger of a woman in Little Rock is our hunger; that the failure anywhere to provide what reasonably we might, to avoid pain, is our failure.

We know that the price of seeking to force our beliefs on others is that they might someday force theirs on us.

We must get the American public to look past the glitter, beyond the showmanship, to the reality, the hard substance of things. And we'll do it not so much with speeches that will bring people to their feet as with speeches that bring people to their senses.

When you?ve parked the second car in the garage, and installed the hot tub, and skied in Colorado, and wind-surfed in the Caribbean, when you?ve had your first love affair and your second and your third, the question will remain, where does the dream end for me?

Yeah. Just think, if I had been there the speeches would have gone on even longer. Maybe two hours!

You have these people who don't like the government they're supposed to be running.

You want calamities? What about the Ice Age? ... God made this world, but didn't complete it.

You will not be able to tell that they are capable of greatness until you provide them with a packed house, a 3-and-2 count and the game is on the line.

How can we tell our children that ? when we have ourselves so often cried out in bitter despair at what we regarded to be the injustice of life ? and when we have so often surrendered?

In the end, I'm convinced we will all benefit if suspicion is replaced by discussion, innuendo by dialogue; if the emphasis in our debate turns from a search for talismanic criteria and neat but simplistic answers to an honest ? more intelligent ? attempt at describing the role religion has in our public affairs, and the limits placed on that role.

The values derived from religious belief will not ? and should not ? be accepted as part of the public morality unless they are shared by the pluralistic community at large, by consensus.

How do we tell them that one not be discouraged by the imperfection of the world and the inevitability of death and diminishment. How do we tell them when they lose a child, or are crippled, or know that they will themselves die too soon ? that God permits pain and sickness and unfairness and evil to exist, only in order to permit us to test our mettle and to earn a fulfillment that would otherwise not be possible?

Indeed, as I think about it, I have to conclude that these young people before me today are the best reason for hope that this world knows.

There are few things more amusing in the world of politics than watching moderate Republicans charging to the right in pursuit of greater glory.

How simple it seems now. We thought the Sermon on the Mount was a nice allegory and nothing more. What we didn't understand until we got to be a little older was that it was the whole answer, the whole truth. That the way ? the only way ? to succeed and to be happy is to learn those rules so basic that a shepherd's son could teach them to an ignorant flock without notes or formulae.

It seems to me he has everything it takes to make a really great candidate. I'm delighted and pleased we're endorsing him, and I'll do everything I can to help.

Way down deep the American people are afraid of an entangling relationship between formal religions ? or whole bodies of religious belief ? and government.

I am a trial lawyer. Matilda says that at dinner on a good day I sound like an affidavit.

It was anticipating self-defense.

We believe as Democrats, that a society as blessed as ours, the most affluent democracy in the world's history, one that can spend trillions on instruments of destruction, ought to be able to help the middle class in its struggle, ought to be able to find work for all who can do it, room at the table, shelter for the homeless, care for the elderly and infirm, and hope for the destitute. And we proclaim as loudly as we can the utter insanity of nuclear proliferation and the need for a nuclear freeze, if only to affirm the simple truth that peace is better than war because life is better than death.

I can offer you no final truths, complete and unchallengeable. But it's possible this one effort will provoke other efforts ? both in support and contradiction of my position ? that will help all of us understand our differences and perhaps even discover some basic agreement. In the end, I'm convinced we will all benefit if suspicion is replaced by discussion, innuendo by dialogue; if the emphasis in our debate turns from a search for talismanic criteria and neat but simplistic answers to an honest ? more intelligent ? attempt at describing the role religion has in our public affairs, and the limits placed on that role. And if we do it right ? if we're not afraid of the truth even when the truth is complex ? this debate, by clarification, can bring relief to untold numbers of confused ? even anguished ? Catholics, as well as to many others who want only to make our already great democracy even stronger than it is.

I've been taking a closer look at these graduates. They are actually taller, stronger, smarter than we were, smart enough maybe to take our mistakes as their messages, to make our weaknesses their lessons, and to make our example ? good and not so good ? part of their education.

We believe in a government that is characterized by fairness and reasonableness, a reasonableness that goes beyond labels, that doesn't distort or promise to do things that we know we can't do. We believe in a government strong enough to use words like "love" and "compassion" and smart enough to convert our noblest aspirations into practical realities.

I have no plans, and no plans to plan.

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First Name
Mario
Last Name
Cuomo
Birth Date
1985
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American Politician, Governor of New York