Georgia has defied history over and over again. We will do it once more on November 8. pic.twitter.com/K7tqypgO7c— Stacey Abrams (@staceyabrams) October 30, 2022
There have always been certain values that bind us together as citizens, no matter who we are, where we come from, what we look like, or who we love. That's the promise of America. That's who we are. And in this election you have the chance to vote for leaders...who will fight for that big, inclusive, hopeful, forward-looking America that we believe in."
I was reminded of the fact that, even in a divided country, there's one thing most voters agree on.
The American instinct that led these young men and women to pick up the torch and cross this bridge, that’s the same instinct that moved patriots to choose revolution over tyranny. It’s the same instinct that drew immigrants from across oceans and the Rio Grande; the same instinct that led women to reach for the ballot, workers to organize against an unjust status quo; the same instinct that led us to plant a flag at Iwo Jima and on the surface of the Moon.
It’s the idea held by generations of citizens who believed that America is a constant work in progress; who believed that loving this country requires more than singing its praises or avoiding uncomfortable truths. It requires the occasional disruption, the willingness to speak out for what is right, to shake up the status quo. That’s America...
For we were born of change. We broke the old aristocracies, declaring ourselves entitled not by bloodline, but endowed by our Creator with certain inalienable rights. We secure our rights and responsibilities through a system of self-government, of and by and for the people. That’s why we argue and fight with so much passion and conviction — because we know our efforts matter. We know America is what we make of it...
Selma shows us that America is not the project of any one person. Because the single-most powerful word in our democracy is the word “We.” “We The People.” “We Shall Overcome.” “Yes We Can.” That word is owned by no one. It belongs to everyone.
Back in 2017, John Favreau wrote that "every election is a competition between two stories about America." Never has that been more true than this year. I think about that when I see candidates like Stacey Abrams campaign on the slogan: "One Georgia."
For 4 years, Georgians have survived despite Brian Kemp’s failures that caused 6 hospitals to close & gun violence to spread on our streets.— Stacey Abrams (@staceyabrams) October 25, 2022
This election is our chance to take back our power and rewrite the narrative for #OneGeorgia where everyone can thrive, not just survive. pic.twitter.com/75it7eRljm
My own Governor, Tim Walz, is campaigning on a similar slogan.
Over the last few years, we’ve proven that we can work together across lines of difference to get things done – that’s what it means to be One Minnesota.— Tim Walz (@Tim_Walz) October 29, 2022
We might not agree on everything, but we can find common ground to improve lives. That’s what I’m working to do.
And I'll never get tired of watching this!