Michelle Obama, Bill Clinton, and Barack Obama laid out an agenda of freedom, equality, opportunity, and equality for all.

Mrs. Obama brilliantly summarized the selfless ideological history of the Democratic Party better than anyone ever has, contrasting it with the selfishness of the Ayn Rand right. The key quote:

"These issues aren't political -- they're personal. Because Barack knows what it means when a family struggles. He knows what it means to want something more for your kids and grandkids. Barack knows the American Dream because he's lived it. And he wants everyone in this country to have that same opportunity, no matter who we are, or where we're from, or what we look like, or who we love. And he believes that when you've worked hard, and done well, and walked through that doorway of opportunity, you do not slam it shut behind you . You reach back, and you give other folks the same chances that helped you succeed."

Mr. Clinton then broke it down -- magnificently so -- into the present nuts and bolts policy, explaining something that Republicans don't get: you cannot separate social issues like marriage equality and women's health from from economic issues, because when you discriminate you deny people the American Dream: The key quote:

"It turns out that advancing equal opportunity and economic empowerment is both morally right and good economics. Why? Because poverty, discrimination and ignorance restrict growth. When you stifle human potential, when you don't invest in new ideas, it doesn't just cut off the people who are affected; it hurts us all."

Finally, Mr. Obama brought it home with a vision for the future, blasting the Republicans' business v. the goverment, us vs. them foolishness, and explaining that WE ARE THE GOVERNMENT and we're in it together:

"My fellow citizens— you were the change.You’re the reason there’s a little girl with a heart disorder in Phoenix who'll get the surgery she needs because an insurance company can’t limit her coverage. You did that...You’re the reason a young immigrant who grew up here and went to school here and pledged allegiance to our flag will no longer be deported from the only country she’s ever called home; why selfless soldiers won’t be kicked out of the military because of who they are or who they love; why thousands of families have finally been able to say to the loved ones who served us so bravely: ‘‘Welcome home. If you turn away now— if you buy into the cynicism that the change we fought for isn’t possible, well, change will not happen. If you give up on the idea that your voice can make a difference, then other voices will fill the void: lobbyists and special interests; the people with the $10 million checks who are trying to buy this election and those who are making it harder for you to vote; Washington politicians who want to decide who you can marry, or control health care choices that women should make for themselves. Only you can make sure that doesn’t happen. Only you have the power to move us forward."

These three speeches presented a positive, inclusive, forward-looking agenda of freedom, equality, opportunity, and prosperity for all -- and they have to come in that order. So, yes, social issues are important: if you are not free and equal then you cannot have opportunity and prosperity. And no, the Romney-Ryan and the Republicans are not offering freedom, equality, opportunity, and prosperity for all: they want to take the country back to time when only rich straight old white men have access to that.

The choice is clear: America must re-elect Obama.