We have turned our backs on our children. The highschool drop out rate in some areas of our country is as high as 52%, and 15-year olds from Poland, Luxembourg, Finland and the Czech Republic all have higher rates of math literacy than ours do. China now leads the world in the number of university graduates, and we don’t have enough highly skilled workers to fill the jobs and provide the innovation that will ensure our place as the technological leader we have always been into the future.
We have lost the ability to build and maintain strong families. We have no moral grounding. Our leaders have by their example sent a message to the nation that it’s okay to do anything you want as long as you don’t get caught. Hypocrisy is the norm and no longer the exception, and our leaders by their behaviour have kept us mired in scandal and have been an embarassment to us before the rest of the world.
We have lost control of our borders. Our lust for cheap labor has resulted in a torrent of immigrants who, though hard-working, have taxed our resources, degraded the quality of education our teachers are able to provide our children, and made the process of legal immigration seem no longer necessary.
We are saddled with a healthcare system that continuously fails us; we leave innocent children to die at the whim of big healthcare congolmerates, and our elderly have to choose between medication and food. Even those who provide most of our jobs in this country, small businesses, are having a harder and harder time affording coverage for their workers.
Worst of all, we have seen our political process descend into chaos, rendered immobile by a level of partisanship and polarization unlike any we’ve ever known. And so the problems that plague us, the social and economic puzzles we desperately need to solve continue to confound us, because we cannot seem to unify to find solutions. Our politicians seem to care more about holding on to power than what’s best for our country; they lend their attentions to the highest bidder, and leave the American people to fend for themselves, unsure of how to change things, but certain that our Government is not working and can’t help us.
America – it doesn’t have to be like this. We can work together to solve our most pressing problems, we can be the leader in educating our children again, we can rebuild our families, strengthen our borders, and fix our failing healthcare system, but not if we continue to try to do things the way we’ve done them in the past. Doing things the way we’ve done them in the past will only ensure that we will not have the brighter future that we long for.
America – it is so much easier to fight than it is to love; It is so much easier to doubt, than it is to find the courage to change; and it is so much easier to cling to the past than it is to have faith in the future, but as a nation, we have NEVER done what was easy. We have never let people who only have their best interests at heart try to dictate ours, whether they be from other nations, or from within. As a nation, we have always found our greatest strength when we’ve banded together, each and everyone of us to rise to a higher purpose. Well that time is now, America. It is time for us to find the bravery to shake the shackles of the past, respectfully acknowledging that our past leaders have been what we’ve needed in the past but that it is now time to begin to build our shining future.
What that means to you America, is quite frankly up to you. For me, it means having the courage to elect a leader who can step into office on day one, unfettered by the ghosts, scandals and baggage of of his political past. A leader who has demonstrated by his example a fervent desire to give the government back to the people, and who has no sense that the nation is obligated to elect him to office for no other reason than he (or she) says it should be so.
For me, it means having the courage, and the wisdom, to elect a man who has himself exhibited profound courage and wisdom in the face of attacks from the most skilled and organized political machine this country has ever known. Because I love this country, and everyone who lives in it; because I KNOW that we are meant to turn towards a brighter future, and not stay mired in the past; because there is no other way to repair the damage that has been done by the familial dynasties that have had a strong hold on our political system for almost thirty years, I will do all I can to ensure that Senator Barack Obama becomes the next President of the United States. I’ll do it for you, I’ll do it for myself, but most of all, I’ll do it for my eleven-year old son. It’s just too important.
It is our job to leave our children with a better nation, a stronger one than we found, America. The kind of nation that only a new perspective, fresh ideas, and honest to goodness unity can bring about. I am not afraid to let go of the past, America, and you can’t be either.