Call me overly passionate, sappy, naive, radical: call me whatever you want. But regardless of what happens in the next 24 hours, the past year and a half of my life has taught me a few things:
1. This nation is my nation. It’s yours–it’s ours. We are one country, not one red and one blue. That doesn’t mean we won’t forget it from time to time, but that means we need to remember to come back to it always.
“We are not as divided as our politics suggest.”
2. This nation was founded on principles, pride, and the spirit of a people who strove to create something great. It’s our job as citizens to carry on that legacy.
“Tonight, we gather to affirm the greatness of our nation – not because of the height of our skyscrapers, or the power of our military, or the size of our economy. Our pride is based on a very simple premise, summed up in a declaration made over two hundred years ago.”
3. America is not always right. That does not make me unpatriotic. And when we are, it’s our job to take note of that mistake, and to not do it again. This means I love my country and the men and women who would give their lives to support it. It is the job of our government to ensure that we don’t put these soldiers in harm’s way when it is unnecessary. It also means that when they get back, we take care of them, after all, that’s what they’re doing for us.
“When we send our young men and women into harm’s way, we have a solemn obligation not to fudge the numbers or shade the truth about why they’re going, to care for their families while they’re gone, to tend to the soldiers upon their return, and to never ever go to war without enough troops to win the war, secure the peace, and earn the respect of the world.”
4. I don’t want to hear that we can’t really change anything, that no matter what, things won’t get better, and that this election isn’t important. Guess what? That’s un-American. It is our job as citizens of the United States of America to elect a man or woman who will lead our nation to peace and prosperity. We are the nation that produced George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. It is our job to rise above our uncertainty and fight for what we believe in, otherwise, what are we here for?
“Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.”
Because everyone, please remember:
“In the unlikely story that is America there has never been anything false about hope.”
This is what has resonated in me, and I know we’ve all had our moments of recognition of how important and special this election really is for this country.
We are on the verge of something great, of a chance for this nation to realize its potential, to take stock of what’s happened in the past eight years and to move in a new and positive direction. And whatever happens tomorrow, let’s not let that stop, let’s not stall on what I see as the greatest enthusiasm and optimism and patriotism I’ve seen in my lifetime.
And let’s remember:
Yes we can.
Love you all.