The American Dream
I think it is time for us to talk about the American Dream. We are told to believe in ourselves, seize opportunities, and build our own American dream. Unfortunately, many of us have lost faith in that dream, because we believe it is not within our reach. A rapidly growing majority of Americans struggle every day just to survive, and many of us are frustrated with an unfair system. My experiences have led me to run for Congress because I know what it's like to play by the rules and still be left behind. As the economic gap grows between the very wealthy minority and the working majority, we must stand up for ourselves and our families.
I know what is to struggle, as so many of you have, too. I have had bankruptcies, car repossession, foreclosure, and eviction. I’ve received food assistance and free medical care for my children. Some people are quick to blame victims for their situations; I say that’s ridiculous.
There are millions of intelligent, hardworking people in this country who are trying to live productive lives and achieve some measure of financial security. It is time for them to be represented in Washington. I know many, like myself, who have applied for jobs and dreaded completing the section on credit checks and court cases. We fear every chance we have to move forward will be denied, despite our making every effort to rebuild our lives and reach for our dreams. Our family has been fortunate to move past our struggles; I know there are many families who have not. This isn’t right.
In Congress, I will oppose employment discrimination and work for equal opportunity under the law. I will represent all of us, because I know what it’s like to strive for better. It is time for all of us to stand up for all citizens in our district. I know and understand what the people of my district need, and I am ready to advocate for them as hard as I continue to advocate for my own family.
Together, we will win! Let’s make this district work for every single one of us – man, woman, and child.