Bond: "Well, if it's possible, I believe I'd like to."
It was not to be. The effort to nominate Bond unraveled quickly because of the legislator's age and because of the determination of party leaders to keep tight control of the process.
Bond did not get to deliver the speech he proposed. The convention did not recognize, let alone live up to, the promise of the insurgent campaigns of 1968. The Democratic Party still struggles to address the issues of poverty and racism and war that needed to be addressed 47 years ago. It still struggles to provide the inspiration that Ted Warshafsky said Julian Bond could deliver.
Warshafsky was right. Julian Bond was inspiring. He recognized the power of coalitions, and he built them. He recognized the necessity of solidarity, and he practiced it. He wanted a new politics, and he showed us what was possible.
The man is gone. But the truth of Julian Bond remains: He was the wave of the future. That future is today. We honor Bond best by making the movements and the politics he proposed the reality that it should have been long ago -- and that it must now be.