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  • Well, I think America will be fine as long as people of goodwill across the political spectrum

  • participate and make sure that they vote.

  • When people vote, then Congress reflects the values of the country.

  • But it's gonna require folks getting out of the mindset that we're helpless and there's nothing we can do,

  • and it's gonna require them to step up and devote a relatively modest amount of time to

  • make sure that you're casting your ballot.

  • And if you do that, then you'll see a difference.

  • Politics rarely gives you perfect resultsit's not gonna solve every problembut when citizens vote,

  • things will be better.

  • And, you know, better historically is really important.

  • The Civil Rights Act of 1964 didn't eliminate racism,

  • but it made things a lot better for a lot of people.

  • The passage of Social Security

  • didn't mean every senior was safe from poverty,

  • but it lifted up millions of people out of poverty.

  • And that's how our government works.

  • But it only works when people are actually committed to change.

  • There are big differences between Democrats and Republicans, and I am a Democrat.

  • I think Democrats have better ideas.

  • But...

  • the fact of the matter is that

  • this country was built by Democrats and Republicans.

  • My personal political hero, my favorite president, happens to be a guy named Abraham Lincoln

  • who helped found the Republican Party.

  • And gives some indication of how far the current Republican Party

  • has traveled from its original foundations.

  • And...

  • the good news is is that

  • the vast majority of the American people believe in the values that a Lincoln represented,

  • or a Kennedy represented.

  • That we should treat people decently and we should be honest,

  • and we should be concerned for the less fortunate,

  • and that we should invest in the future and make sure that every child gets opportunity.

  • Regardless of party, there was a sense that there

  • were things that held us together:

  • So I'm optimistic we'll be ok as long as we say, oh,

  • we've got to pay attention.

  • We gotta vote.

  • We gotta participate.

  • Young people in particular need to vote.

  • And they need to vote in midterms.

  • If we do, then that

  • set of values that the majority of the American people hold dear will be reflected.

  • And...

  • it doesn't mean every problem will be solved,

  • but we won't be concerned about

  • the continuity of our democracy, and

  • The fact that ultimately it's accountable to the people.

Well, I think America will be fine as long as people of goodwill across the political spectrum

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    Samuel   posted on 2018/09/22
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