I'm going to do the speech now, and I want to let
you all know how much I love you. If you are a
Republican, I love you too. Seriously. We all have
our faults, and we all make mistakes. The problem
comes when we don't admit the error of our ways.
Dick Cheney's unamerican little remark was of
course upside-down and inside-out. I'll answer
him with this: Dick, I do not want our World to
expire because we failed to do the right thing
by taking back our Country and our Democracy
from you, the crook who stole it from us in 2000.
I'm not fooling around here folks, in your heart
of hearts you know exactly how bad the past 4 years
have been. I grew up in New York, I watched them
build the Towers floor by floor until it was done.
It was one of the Wonders Of The World; the Towers
inspired everyone young and old to dream and to marvel.
I thank the Good Lord every day that my friends and my
loved ones escaped with their lives, but thousands of
my fellow New Yorkers were not so lucky.
To their Families, I say we will never, ever forget,
and we will always remember, love, and keep those who
perished on 9/11 alive in our hearts, and in our souls.
After that awful day, it sometimes seems like we will
never dream again, never marvel with that pure innocence
and joy we shared before this tragedy.
My fellow Americans, we looked to our Leader then,
and we were prepared to follow him.
But he failed all of us. Instead of coordinating a
deliberate, concentrated, determined, and concerted
International effort to hunt down and destroy Osama
Bin Laden and his followers, George Bush sent our
utterly selfless, incredibly Brave, Valiant, and
Heroic Men and Women of the United States Armed
Forces down a reckless, ill-concieved, and ultimately
destructive path that will only bring about the
dissolution and disruption of peaceful Friendship
and productive mutual Respect that was hard-won by
those who so selflessly served this country at home
and abroad from the Revolution in 1776 right until
this very day.
Let us imagine that Osama Bin Laden is somehow
suddenly and surprisingly found between now and
Election day. At what price will he have been
captured or killed?
The fact will remain unchanged that instead of
stepping up to the real
challenge at hand
after 9/11, George Bush let us down by initiating
a war in Iraq that has already claimed well over
1000 brave young American Men and Women, which now
rages out of control, and which threatens to inflame
the entire Middle East, a region that was already
unstable, which remains highly volatile, and which
the entire World cannot afford nor allow to further
disintegrate into complete chaos.
We are told by this administration that we must
"stay the course", but only a fool persists in
his folly. Any sailor will tell you that when it
becomes obvious that certain disaster lies ahead,
the sensible thing to do, the right thing to do,
and the prudent thing to do is in fact to change
course in order to gain some distance on the situation,
so that the seas ahead can be navigated properly, and
the ship along with her crew and cargo can be brought
home safely to port.
My fellow Americans, and to all my Friends in every
nation and in every Country throughout this great Globe,
we have so much at stake, so much to accomplish, so many
mouths to feed, wounds to heal, hearts and minds to lift
up here at home everywhere on this precious and wonderful,
yet deeply endangered, fragile, beautiful, mysterious,
and sacred blue planet we call home, our Earth.
George Bush promised to Unite us, so let us judge him by
his own standards: even now he is spreading a poisonous
message of division and contempt in his campaign, inciting
the Good People of the Great State of Michigan to jeer at
the Good People of the Great State of Massachusetts,
simply because that is John Kerry's Home State.
My fellow Americans, I ask you a question: are W's the
words of a Uniter, or are they the low, unworthy, cynical,
self-serving and shortsighted ploys of a Divider?
Where exactly does George "Wrong" Bush hail from, anyway?
Is it The Great State of Connecticut, The Great State of
Maine, or the Great State of Texas? Wherever it is, he sure
does get around. Perhaps he's from Mars, since he wants to
go there so badly, but after turning our 1 Trillion-Dollar
Surplus into our 2.5 Trillion-Dollar Deficit in just4 years,
I wonder how he plans to pay for that trip? Maybey he thinks
he can just write another check with our red ink.
Space Exploration is indeed an inspiring and very
important part of our National Scientific agenda,
but now I understand NASA is also suffering severe
budget cuts in order to pay for the costs of the
misguided and still escalating war in Iraq, while
at home, Millions more Americans are now suffering
without any Health Care for the same reason.
You see, my friends, John Kerry was absolutely
correct when he said that the War On Terror is
being prosecuted in the Wrong way, and that it
is draining our Nation of her capital, and that
the prudent way to go about this dangerous situation
is not to just jump on our horses and go it alone,
but to strengthen our International Alliances in
order to increase the total resources available
for the fight by sharing the burden among all
Nations, in order to reduce the costs in lives
and money for our own country.
Some people think speaking French is somehow
Unamerican, but I say it takes brains to understand
another language. Quite frankly, I can't understand
what W is trying to say half the time anyway. Maybey
he's speaking Martian, who knows? What I do know is
that John Forbes Kerry did not spend 20 years on the
Senate Foreign Relations Commitee for nothing. When
he opens his mouth, he knows what he's talking about.
By now, everyone can see that George Bush and Dick
Cheney have taken an utterly awful situation from
insanely bad to completely unbearable. At this point,
our whole Planet hangs in the balance. But in this
dark and fearful climate, God in his Mercy has given
us Hope. He is shining a ray of Light down on us
through the darkness.
My fellow Americans, Brothers and Sisters, we will Dream
again, we will Marvel again, and we will live in Peace
and Security with our fellow Human Beings all around
this infinitely precious God-Given Earth again.
We will travel to the stars, we will find miracle
cures for AIDS, Cancer, and the other epidemics,
we will meet the challenge to reduce and eliminate
the deadly Nuclear and Toxic Wastes that threaten
our health, safety, and ecosystem, and we will develop
clean, reliable, renewable, and sustainable sources to
provide the United States Of America with real Energy
Independence once and for all.
We will raise the standard of living and education,
and make the same quality health care that your
government representatives enjoy available to every
Citizen, so that no one at all
is left behind,
and so that every single American gets an opportunity
to make the most of themselves, and the opportunity
to contribute the very best that they have to give.
And in the War On Terror, we will immediately and
decisively navigate the correct course by working
in concert with our Allies, The EU, NATO, the UN,
INTERPOL, the Armed Services of every nation, and
many other organizations, to share the latest anti-
terrorist technology and intelligence in a fully
coordinated, properly planned and executed full-scale
worldwide crackdown on all terrorist activity whenever
and wherever it exists, to fully insure that every
terrorist is hunted down and either killed, or
captured and brought to Justice.
While still respecting law-abiding citizens
traditional and fundamental rights, freedoms,
and privacy, will work tirelessly in order to
insure that every state that harbors or tolerates
terrorists, terrorism, or actual terrorist-related
activity is swiftly and effectively brought to it's
knees, neutralized, and fairly tried under the rule
of Law openly and in full view of the entire world.
We will win the War On Terror, and finally, we will
secure the Peace, Freedom, Safety, and Security of
The United States of America and her Allies throughout
the World for this generation, and for the generations
to come. Lastly, and most importantly, we will work to
address the root causes of terrorism, so that this
scourge will never again be allowed to devastate
the men, women, and children of our planet.
Poverty, inequity, injustice, intolerance, greed,
and blind hatred, these my fellow Citizens, are the
actual root causes of terrorism, and these very
serious problems are what we must all address,
and what we will all address together. That is
how we will truly be United, and never Divided.
The first step is always the hardest, but we have
each other to help us through, and when we work
together there is nothing that we cannot accomplish.
That is how our country began, that is how our Fathers
and Mothers defeated the Nazis and the Fascists, that
is how we put an American on the Moon, and that is how
we will restore our Democracy and regain our place of
Honor among the great Human community of nations as
respected, admired, trusted, and trustworthy leaders
of the Free world.
All we have to do is follow the ray of Light that God
is shining down on us through the darkness. That ray
of Light will take us off of the Wrong track we are
on now, and lead us directly onto the bright, wide
open and sunny road ahead.
Big John Kerry is that ray of Light, and he has proven
time and time again, in the Jungles of Viet Nam, in the
Statehouse of Massachussetts, and in the Senate of our
Nation's Capitol, that he will not only fight in the
right way, but also that he will not rest until he wins
that fight for each and every one of us.
John Edwards has also shown his dedication and resolve
to stand up and fight for the rights of all of us, not
just the few powerful and wealthy special interests.
As a trial lawyer from the Heartland, he will be a
strong Advocate for every American Citizen, representing
the real Values, actual Integrity, and true Interests
that we all share.
We have had enough of the profiteering corporations
and the secretive special interests; after all this
time it's easy to see what their plan is, and that it
is they, not you or I, who benefits from it. Now, it
turn to step up and show the people of
the world what We The People of The United States of
America truly stand for, what we are really made of,
and what we actually represent.
Make no mistake, my fellow Americans, the stakes
in this election are much bigger than partisan
distinctions, Republicans or Democrats, this thing
is bigger than all of us. This election will not
only determine the quality of our lives and the
extent of our personal freedoms for the next 50
years, it will in fact determine the social,
political, economic, and environmental destiny
of our entire planet.
It is that important: We are at a defining
moment in History, as crucial to our collective
well-being and survival as the final days of World
War II. Now is the time to stand up, now is the time
to make your voices heard, now is the time to Register,
get ALL of your Friends and Family to Register and to
make SURE EVERYONE Votes.
This is how our country works, Registering & Voting
IS the Patriotic American thing to do. Oh, sure, there's
no LAW saying you HAVE to vote, but when you do that,
it means you are letting everyone ELSE decide FOR you.
And that means that if you DON'T Vote, then you really
have NO legitimate right to complain or even speak up
about whoever does win the Presidency, because YOU,
my friend, didn't VOTE.
Luckily, you can still legally speak up even if
you didn't Vote, (so far, anyway) but Voting is like
holding the door for the other person, or helping
someone carry a heavy load that was getting to be
too much for them. It is the RIGHT thing to do, it
makes you feel GOOD about yourself and our God-Given
American way of Life, where we are FREE to CHANGE
things if we dont LIKE them (so far, anyway).
Now Is The Time To Come To The Aid Of Our Nation
REGISTER AND VOTE
If we get this wrong, you can forget about
anything else, because the unelected so-called
"leaders" currently occupying our White House
have proven for four long and heartbreaking years
that they will not stop their illegal, immoral, and
entirely unacceptable rampage until they have completely
shredded our Constitution, our Bill Of Rights, our
Economy, our Alliances, and our precious God-Given
Environment itself, nor will they stop until they
have despoiled and plundered everything and anything
else they can get their greedy hands on here at home
and around the world, in our fragile Arctic, on our
beautiful Protected Lands, even in space itself.
But this is YOUR country, remember? This is OUR
country, NOT theirs. My fellow Americans, are We
The People going to let them do that? NO, we are
certainly NOT going to let them do that.
In the name of everything Good, everything Decent,
and everything Honorable, the People of The United
States of America most assuredly will NEVER, EVER,
allow that to happen.
While they say their strategy is to appeal to
people's emotions, Big John Kerry says "The Truth
has a force all it's own", so his strategy is to get
out there and tell the truth. The way things are right
now, with corporate control of the mass media, and
corporate lobbyists telling our representatives how
to vote, and the general supression of traditional
standards of freedoms we Americans have always taken
for granted, such as the right to assemble peaceably,
and the right to speak our minds in public, and the
right to criticize our government, and the right to
attend appearances of our President and Vice-President
without being required to sign Loyalty Oaths, Big John
Kerry's plainspoken approach might seem a bit naieve
or unsophisticated, or not that exciting or glamorous.
But the truth has an unmistakable ring to it,
and if you listen you can hear that sound in
John Kerry's voice. I hear it. In fact, almost
everyone I talk to these days seems to hear it.
Do you hear that sound in W's voice? I don't.
I hear a very diferent sound in W's voice,
and I don't like the sound of what I hear.
You know, making people sign Loyalty Oaths
and that sort of thing? That's the kind of
stuff that only happens in a Free country
when the person making you sign didn't really
win their office fair and square in the first
place, isn't it?
Well, my fellow Citizens, John Kerry's strategy
seems to be working just fine, because getting
out there and telling the truth is the right way
to win in this Great Nation. That is what makes
us great. That is how Honest Abe Lincoln won.
That is how Franklin Delano Roosevelt won four
Landslides in a row. That is how Harry Truman won.
By the way, remember "Give 'em Hell" Harry Truman?
Funny thing about him. The newspapers kept telling
everyone how the other fellow Dewey won. The only
thing was, when they counted up all the votes, it
turned out that old Harry had actually beat Tom
Dewey fair and square. And that is the American way.
Boy, were those newspapers ever embarrassed.
That's the same way John Fitzgerald Kennedy won too.
It was a squeaker, but JFK got out there and told
the truth to the people, and he won the Presidency
of the United States of America fair and square.
Later on the guy he beat became President too,
only he didn't tell the truth to the American
people, and he got Impeached, then had to resign
before his time was up. Fellow by the name of Nixon.
It just doesn't pay not to tell the truth to the
American people. Now we have another JFK running
for President, and that makes me smile.
It's funny how things go around.
I devoutly pray that the great American Consumer
Advocate Ralph Nader, who has done so much for all
of us, will come to his senses and throw his support
to the Kerry/Edwards ticket. Please get together with
any Nader supporters you know and talk to them about
the seriousness of winning this time, tell them they
can vote for Ralph in the next election for gosh sakes;
he's been running since 1968!
Ralphies, my Brothers and Sisters, I know you want
to see things change. Ralph has been working for
change for well over 40 years now, and we all love,
admire, and respect him alot, but, as John Kerry said,
"The March Is Not Over". If you really want to do some
good, if you really want to make a difference, if you
really care, then please, my fellow Americans in every
Party, I implore you first to look deep into your
Childrens and Loved One's eyes, and then deep down
into your own Hearts and Souls on November 2nd,
then cast your Ballot to elect John Forbes Kerry
President of United States of America.
This one is for keeps; this one is for our Children,
and their Children, and for their Children's Children
WE CANNOT AFFORD TO LOSE, and we will NOT lose.
But we need to WATCH every single Local polling
place with the same Vigilance that an Eagle guards
her nest, we need to immediately report any activity
whatsoever that does not measure up to our Long-
Established, Cherished, and World-Respected
Traditions of Fairness, Privacy, Tolerance,
and Freedom for every single American.
This is OUR Democracy, and it is
up to ALL of US to defend it.
This means YOU.
We need to Organize Rides to the Polls,
we need to Register every person we possibly
can, we need to plaster the horizon and all
of our own cars with Kerry/Edwards Stickers
and Signs, but always Respectfully, and always
Responsibly, and always with Love for Mother
Nature, and most importantly we need to REACH
OUT in the spirit of Love, Compassion,
Understanding, Positivity and Hope to ALL
of our Fellow Citizens in EVERY State
throughout this Great Nation.
We must do all of this NON-STOP
from right now up until Nov 3.
Then we can Celebrate, then we can rest
a little while, but not until then.
Together, we CAN WIN. If we STAY
together, NOTHING can stop us.
AMERICA, IT IS TIME TO TAKE BACK OUR COUNTRY.
NOW IS THE TIME TO KICK OUT THE JAMS.