Oct 09, 2016
My fellow Americans,
Good [morning | afternoon | evening].
I stand before you a rather odd duck: A politician without portfolio, a candidate for no office. I speak to you today not for my sake, but for the sake of my country.
I am not currently living in my country.
My country does not let bosses pay their workers less than a living wage, then force the rest of us to make up the difference.
My country does not educate its African-American citizens in inferior schools, then bedevil them throughout their lives with discriminatory hiring, housing, and policing.
My country does not become entangled in ruinous military adventures that deplete our public treasury of trillions of dollars while overflowing the private coffers of the obscenely wealthy.
My country does not kill, maim, and traumatize generations of its youth in order to bolster tyrannies which, if they were not our allies, would be our deadliest of enemies, opposed to all we stand for.
My country does not minimize, sexualize, or traumatize its female majority with boorish characterizations, substandard pay, and physical violence in order to assuage male insecurity.
My country does not risk the future of humanity in the face of the overwhelming evidence of imminent environmental apocalypse.
My country is not governed by men and women who are servants of big money, subservient to a tiny fraction of our population to the detriment of the rest of us.
In my country everyone who can work has the opportunity to do so at a living wage, with only two expectations: That they perform their job to the best of their ability and that they be good citizens.
In my country, those who can’t work are cared for in a humane and benevolent environment designed to give them the fullest life possible.
In my country, the education of every single one of our young citizens is everyone’s priority and everyone’s most important task, as it is everyone’s only realistic hope for the future of our species.
In my country we acknowledge our racist tendencies and struggle mightily every day to overcome them, knowing that discriminating against a fellow human being is the worst thing you can do to them, short of depriving them of their life.
In my country, foreign relations are made for the purpose of promoting democracy, not commerce, and those nations that are not ready, willing, or able to entertain the prospect of endowing themselves with the blessings and responsibilities of self-determination may be tolerated without being welcomed into the community of a free people.
In my country, men are the equal of women.
In my country, our technological ingenuity is focused on the task of developing renewable energy sources for all our needs as soon as possible. And if it is not possible to do this within a decade or two, we will nevertheless turn our backs on the burning of fossil fuels and make do with whatever benefits may be had from the energy we can produce.
In my country, no special interest ever takes precedence over legislation to promote the good of all the people all the time.
In my country, there is inequality, but there is no poverty.
In my country, there are no hungry children.
In my country, we are all created equal and endowed with rights that may not be attenuated by reason of race, creed, class, income, gender, age, sexual orientation, or any other compartment into which the small-minded among us try to maneuver those of us whom they think of as threatening.
This is the country I hope to live in some day. So if my country is your country, let us make it our country. There is only one way to do that.
You know what it is.
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