At the outset, I’ll say this: you’ve paid attention to what has been happening in Washington, and you’re not naive.Would you vote for this politician as a candidate for President? Here is an opinion piece by Barack Obama's Ambassador to Belgium in the Washington Post regarding her nomination in August The first female president of the United States might not be who you’d expect and here's a link to the PBS Newshour's full transcript of her speech.
Neither am I. I see what you see. And many of your frustrations are my frustrations.
A frustration with a government that has grown day after day, year after year, yet doesn’t serve us any better. A frustration with the same, endless conversations we hear over and over again. A frustration with promises made and never kept.
We need to be honest with each other, and with ourselves: while [the members of the other party] in Washington bear much responsibility for the problems facing America today, they do not bear it alone. There is more than enough blame to go around.
We as [members of my party] need to own that truth. We need to recognize our contributions to the erosion of the public trust in America’s leadership. We need to accept that we’ve played a role in how and why our government is broken.
And then we need to fix it.
Today, we live in a time of threats like few others in recent memory. During anxious times, it can be tempting to follow the siren call of the angriest voices. We must resist that temptation.
No one who is willing to work hard, abide by our laws, and love our traditions should ever feel unwelcome in this country.
At the same time, that does not mean we just flat out open our borders. We can’t do that. We cannot continue to allow immigrants to come here illegally. And in this age of terrorism, we must not let in refugees whose intentions cannot be determined.
We must fix our broken immigration system. That means stopping illegal immigration. And it means welcoming properly vetted legal immigrants, regardless of their race or religion. Just like we have for centuries.
I have no doubt that if we act with proper focus, we can protect our borders, our sovereignty and our citizens, all while remaining true to America’s noblest legacies.
We would encourage American innovation and success instead of demonizing them, so our economy would truly soar and good jobs would be available across our country.
We would reform education so it worked best for students, parents, and teachers, not Washington bureaucrats and union bosses.
We would end a disastrous health care program, and replace it with reforms that lowered costs and actually let you keep your doctor.
We would respect differences in modern families, but we would also insist on respect for religious liberty as a cornerstone of our democracy.
Our forefathers paved the way for us.
Let’s take their values, and their strengths, and rededicate ourselves to doing whatever it takes to keep America the greatest country in the history of man. And woman.
Saturday, April 30, 2016
If given the chance, would you vote for this person to be President?
Nearly four months ago, an American politician gave a nationally publicized speech that could not get much attention because of the media focus on angry, loud politicians such as Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump who try to stir and capitalize on the anger of many, many voters. Here are some excerpts from that speech: