You already know that some of my friends and I, being unhappy with the state of things things, decided to play a role in the political scene.
In the course of playing that role I have had several interesting interviews. On several occasions, after the recorded interview, the conversation would continue.
I would often then say to the interviewer:
“Do you remember the movie Man of La Mancha, and do you remember the final scenes? Do you remember that the old Man of La Mancha is dying, but as he is dying he is singing with Sancho and Dulcinea, 'The Impossible Dream'?”
LaMancha dies but the Dream goes on. Forever.
You have also been told that my mother and father, in the early 1900’s were exiled to Siberia. Exiled because they were expressing the Impossible Dream on the streets in Russia.
The Dream not of a party, but of a people.
In 1787 a group of the best minds in the country met in Philadelphia and transcribed that dream.
We, the People of the United States, in order to form a more perfect Union, to Establish Justice and Insure Domestic Tranquility, Provide for the Common Defense, Promote the General Welfare and Secure the Blessings of Liberty for Ourselves and our Posterity.
Our dream; yours and mine.
And here and now we can almost paraphrase Lincoln at Gettysburg.
“Today we are engaged in a great civil war; testing whether that dream, or any dream, so conceived and so dedicated can long endure … It is for us the living to dedicate ourselves to the fulfillment of that dream”.
Not the dream of a party but the dream of a people.
Senator Carl Schurz once said “I confidentially trust that the American people will prove themselves too wise not to detect the false pride, the dangerous ambitions, or the selfish schemes which so often hide themselves under the deceptive cry of mock patriotism.”
That brings me to my purpose in being here.
Each of us, I am sure, are getting multiple emails or phone calls, each saying “send $3 or $5 for this or that" campaign.
And the cause may be just. Instead of giving your money to buy, I am suggesting that you sell.
Sell 3 or 5 people on the justness of pursuing our American dream.
I think we will agree that one of our greatest threats is money in politics. We must replace a purchased Congress with a purposed Congress.
That is why this old man asked for this few minutes of your time. To share his impossible dream.