Ladies and gentlemen let me ask you a simple question. What is the purpose of a nation? Is it her ideals? Her freedoms? What she can do for her people? Is it to organize a mob of angry willful individuals into a frenzied bloodthirsty horde? Is it so the powerful can use the weak and dominate them into fighting their own battles for their own selfish gains? Do nations exist for the whims of the elite? Do we as people, as civilians, exist for the sole purpose of being used as pawns, as tools? Or do nations exist to create peace, and havens for millions of people with similar cultural and social beliefs? Do nations exist to promote faith and goodwill to our neighbors, and fellow human beings? What does America, then stand for ladies and gentlemen? If America doesn't stand for freedom, hope, and compassion then what ARE we fighting for as Americans?
Let me ask you a better question. Do we as Americans fight for wealth, power, and dominance? Is that what we as Americans want for ourselves, and our future generations? Endless strife, endless struggle, and suffering, endless tragedy… is that the American spirit? Is the American spirit creating a profit by walking on the bleeding, broken, and crushed corpses of those who struggled to get by but couldn't? Are we ruthless savages that are so bent on having cheap “affordable” goods, that we are willing to sacrifice, millions of starving, homeless men, women and children to have it? Are you willing to watch the person to your left, to your right, in front of you and directly behind suffer from, hunger, poverty, and death just so you can save 10 cents on some name brand commodity of the day?
I stand here before you hoping the answer to each and every one of those questions is a solid, and resounding no! I stand here before you on this day to let you know that these are not the ideals upon which this country was founded. That these were not the ideals that brave men and women fought, bled, and died for over the course of over 200 years of struggle, turmoil, and war. In fact ladies and gentlemen disparity, unreasonable reach and actions by a corrupt institution, lack of fair representation in our governing body, religious persecution, and the right to live as free men and women, with all the implied rights therein is precisely why our forefathers, fought and died to rid ourselves of the tyranny of England in the late 1700’s. So tell me why, why do we allow those very principles that have been the bane of the American spirit and tradition rule our lives? Why is it that we as a nation elect leaders who are so far separated from our reality to run our lives? Why is it that these men and women continue to win elections, feed us the lies and we just sit here and accept it as fact when we know in our souls that it is false?
Ladies and Gentlemen I regret to inform you, but we have all lost sight of what matters: Hope, freedom, compassion! These three things are worth fighting and dying for, and it was these basic principles that led the 13 colonies to rise against the British Empire at the height of their reign… and win! People this is our revolutionary war, the war of the people versus the corrupt few powerful and wealthy business leaders and politicians who would dare deny us our basic liberties and have us believe, no accept and thank them for that very act! This is our time to shine ladies and gentlemen, a country is as strong as its weakest link and I think it’s high time we temper that weakened steel that calls themselves our betters! Without each and every single one of us this country would cease to function. Period. End of discussion. We are the reason why there is food on the table, electricity in our homes, fuel available to power our cars, and machines, why our children learn to read, write, and why our borders remain safe from invasion.
We the people of the United States of America are the American Spirit! We are the light in the dark, during the most terrifying of nights, we are the hope in the bleakest hours of despair, it is our temerity, our tenacity, and spirit that holds the foundations and structure of this nation high above the rest of the world. We aren’t the wealthiest most powerful nation in the world by accident ladies and gentlemen. It’s very simple: we dare! We are a daring and excitable people, quick to action, slow to back down, we are ruthless in our passions to the point of blindness, but nevertheless we have an iron will that no one can hope to match! So tell me why it is we let these few men and women blindside us and usurp our way of life? Why is it that we just stand here and accept our current living conditions as fact, and that it can’t be changed?
I can assure you my countrymen that not only is the current state of affairs unnecessary, and outrageous but that it can be reversed, fixed and vastly improved in very short order. Would you venture to guess how we can accomplish such a seemingly daunting task? By working together! It doesn't matter what your skin color, your gender, your generation gap, your religion, you sexual preference, we are all Americans of these United States of America, and together we have crushed tyrant nations, built a country of freedom and hope, and have stood against the tide of oppression, cruelty and evil, and emerged victorious. We truly are a country worth fighting for ladies and gentlemen it is high time each and every one of us remembers it! The old adage united we stand divided we fall has never been more true than for us, for the American people! Why do you think we are in the current state of affairs we find ourselves in? For the past 30+ years the political, and economic elite have been slowly, and deliberately pitting us against each other.
Why is it for thousands of years, people of the non-ruling class, have always stuck together? Why is it that no matter how bleak things got, we were always able to ignore each other’s differences to bring the greater good to the masses and bring the oppression to heel? It’s because we stood together. So why is it so hard to believe that we couldn’t do so again? Do you think it’s an accident that there are “generation gaps”, that the different “generations” are so fundamentally different that they could never hope to work together? Why do you think every so many years there’s a new gender, race, generation war, or some other aspect of society to turn against and villainize? Do you think that every decade or so we just stumble into a whirlpool of willful ignorance and hatred, or that it is slowly fed to us until we believe it is our own doing?
Propaganda doesn’t have to be Nazi Germany, Stalinist Russia, Communist China, or Cold War scares, propaganda can be as simple as insinuating women shouldn’t have the right to contraception, or gays shouldn’t marry, or a plant that could revolutionize the medical and textile industries is harmful and a gateway to the fall of society. Propaganda can be as blunt as insinuating the president is out to take our guns, to increase profits in arms dealing and ammo production. Propaganda is convincing half a nation of intelligent, learned citizens that solar power, something that occurs every day, and has existed for millennia is much more harmful to our environment or simply unfeasible to harness, compared to fossil fuels, and oil. Ladies and gentlemen propaganda is telling an entire nation that we need to sacrifice our personal freedoms at airports, for our communications because of the threat of a terrorist attack, being told that these measures would be temporary.
Propaganda is 10 years later, militarizing our schools for fear of gun violence instead of promoting and teaching children the value of life. Propaganda is still having to relinquish your boots, and soft drink at the security checkpoint, submit to a thorough search, or risk invasive search on your person and seizure of your property. Propaganda is trying to villainize a president who has probably done more for the average American citizen then anyone would care to give him credit for, and turning those he has tried to help against him. I could go on and on and on about how twisted our society, leaders, and media have become but hopefully I shouldn’t have to. Hopefully I have gotten the point across.
It is my sincere hope and desire to bring this country out of the roiling chaos and cesspool we find it in and bring her back to the forefront where she belongs, and her people with her. The only reason why the middle class is disappearing, why minimum wage hasn’t gone up in 10 years, why we still don’t have affordable health care, and why secondary education is a for profit organization is precisely because the people are no longer represented in government. There are many culprits, but the ones who are most responsible, are ourselves. We did this to ourselves, we convinced ourselves that we are to small, and too weak, that our voice has no strength, that no matter what strides we take, efforts we make, that it will amount to nothing. Look to your neighbor, look them in the eye, now look to another and look them in the eye. Do you see weakness? Do you see fear? Do you see something other than a living breathing human being that deserves the right to all the freedoms and joys you yourself enjoy? You owe it to each other and to yourselves to rid yourself of that ridiculous notion that we the people have no power in our own lives or government. Look up, look at me do you know what I am? Who I am?
I am quite literally nobody, I’m just a guy who threw away his perfectly good Air Force career to waste his life and future on this pointless venture to unite 300 million Americans into standing up, and fighting for their inherent right to live. To love. To exist. Without regard to the repercussions of daring to be human, and exercising your unalienable rights to do just that. To be able to get sick and not dread seeking aid for fear of suffering financially. For seeing an officer drive past you on the road and you aren’t stricken with an unwanted sense of paranoia. When seeing a politician in office fills your heart with hope, and joy, not hatred and loathing. I’m a 25 year old foreign born, naturalized citizen, through a technicality of my birth. I have a loving family that I have shared tears of joy, tears of sadness, and tears of rage with. I have cheated, I have lied, I have lusted, and I have envied. I spent the past 6 years of my life dedicating it and everything I had to this country and the world’s greatest Air Force. There have been times where my successes were ignored, and my failures embellished and I have felt unjustly treated. I have loved, I have lived, I have had many successes and many failures in my life and I hope I have many more in my future, because I am a human being.
I am just a man some might even call me a boy, but none would call me timid. I am not afraid to stand up for my rights, my freedoms, and I am willing to die for them, to bleed for each and every single one of you even though the vast majority of you I have never even met, or not even know your name. More importantly I am proof that one man, can make a difference. I stand here before you today a candidate for one of the nation’s highest offices. We have strength ladies and gentlemen, we have a voice, and all we have to do is play the game. The best part is, we don’t have to play by their rules, and we don’t have to play their games. Would you all like to know why?
Because we are Americans, because we defy the odds when they are stacked against us, because we embody the tenants of the greater good! Who better then us to tell 300 million men, women and children just like ourselves how to improve our lot in life, and create policies and procedures that would benefit this nation? Why do you think we have been told, for years, for decades, for generations that we can’t hope to make a difference? Because if we dared to try we would reign supreme and we would never allow this idiocy to happen. We would do what is right because it is the right thing to do. We wouldn’t let children starve in our streets while the wealthy elite gorge themselves on caviar, and filet mignon! We would never have created a medical system that cares more about making money than saving the life of a fellow American. WE THE PEOPLE would never have put our children’s safety above their education in the first place. And we sure as hell wouldn’t pay ourselves poverty wages, just so our bosses could drive around in a Porsche!
We would create a society in which the preservation of life is revered much more than acquisition of wealth. We would create a society that would allow such beliefs come to fruition. We would put the power back into the hands of the people, and ensure our children and their children will never have to fight the battles that we find ourselves fighting. We acknowledge that although everyone has their own opinion and beliefs we realize that together we can pool our ideas together to create an even better solution. We know what it means to struggle, we know what it means to need, and we know what it means to despair. So why should we take orders from those so disenfranchised with our own struggles? Why should these false leaders ruin our lives a single day longer? Why should we allow them to?
Tell me who among you are true patriots? Who among you are not afraid to stand and fight for your rights? Who among you will join me? Who among you will repair the damage to our beautiful country? Who among you will be the voice that is finally heard?! Who among you are courageous enough to shatter all the lies?! Who among you are ready for a future filled with hope! Freedom! And Compassion!