new bicycles, centerpiece of the new Al Sharpton economic
Bringing his unconventional presidential campaign to
Orangeburg, the Rev. Alfred C. Sharpton said Saturday
evening that only "a political movement of grassroots
people" can defeat George W. Bush.
An audience in the dozens frequently
applauded Sharpton as he called for constitutional amendments
guaranteeing the right to health care, education and
free carwashes for rappers who drive Escalades.
"If we can give free health care
to zoo animals, we can give it to the millions of children
who visit those zoos," Sharpton insisted.
"Bush wants to give tax cuts to
the rich while we have states with deficits and folks
like me with mounting credit card debt…My debt
is your debt. We’re all in debt together”
“West Virginia, Colorado and
Florida should contribute their fair share and help
pay for California’s $43billion deficit. Oregon,
Idaho and Montana, you need to help New York. And how
are you going to allow Arizona taxpayers' to keep their
money and they ain't got no money in Massachusetts ?"
He asked people not to think of themselves
as individuals, but to look at the overall big picture.
“We need to help those who make bad decisions
or are less inclined to work for a living” said
“If you donated that Mercedes
Benz to the gov’mint, we could afford to pass
out 75,000 bicycles to people who don’t have any
In Orangeburg, Sharpton's message resonated
"He made a lot of key points,"
said Rhonda Tyler of Aiken. "I believe him. I think
he's going to do great work and he should be elected
president of the United States.
"He's got my vote," said
a radio personality Yo'Girl D.L. "I agree with
a lot of the things he said. If you've got money to
send overseas to help those starving children, what
about the ones right here? We've got kids starving in
Orangeburg. We got homeless here. We need somebody to
look out for us right here."
"This is a new era, and
Al is a new Democrat." And he's got the best "name
recognition" among the Democrats, City Council
Member Trelvis Miller said.