As my campaign catches more attention in the media, the most frequently asked question I hear is, "Do you really think you can win?"
My response is, "There will be no chance without hope, and if there is no sense of optimism, there will be no attempt." The optimism I have for my campaign I also share for this country. Even though replacing Rep. Buchanan (R) is important, it is a small battle in a greater war.
To me, that greater war is reversing the moves by the Tea Party and the majority of the Republican Party as they try to convince us that government is the problem.
Republicans have been extremely successful in getting this message out. Yet, this message's premise is false.
To the contrary, I contend that it is a truism that government is the tool a society uses to administer its needs. And without this tool, society would be stymied.
Think on it, even small units of our society create a governing body (condominium and neighborhood associations, or fraternal lodges and service clubs). Each are organized so that the needs of the people are addressed. It is for that very reason the Framers of the Constitution created the federal system of government we all have enjoyed since it was designed in 1787.
Our goal should be to help our society return to its role of healing its ills and promoting the general welfare of all. And in our short history, we have done this.
Throughout our history we have faced difficult challenges. We have fought wars at home and abroad. We have fought against injustices and fought for the disadvantaged in our society. We removed slavery from our laws, we demanded that women have the right to vote, and we initiated and saw through the Civil Rights movement.
During my lifetime alone we developed and implemented Social Security, Unemployment Insurance, Medicare, Medicaid, OSHA, and numerous other government programs that protect and promote the general welfare of the citizens of the United States.
Let us together then discuss, not ignore, the issues of our times: Health Care, Income Inequality, Education, Immigration, Marriage Equality, Climate Change, and all the other problems that are confronting us as a nation. Each issue is concerning and troubling, but solutions exist! There are so many things we can accomplish if we just work together.
So, do I really think I can win? Yes, I can, if each and every American sits down to really think about the direction we need to steer our country as it deals with the difficult issues we are all facing, and discusses it with their friends, their families, and most importantly, their representatives. That alone is a victory. This great nation was built on compromise and not on divisive rhetoric.
As James Madison once wrote: "The advancement and diffusion of knowledge is the only guardian of true liberty." It's time to sit down together as Americans and find solutions. Government should work for the general welfare of all and not just for a select few. Together, we can see that it does.