Rally at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Maryland.
"This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed.But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God."
Jesus' words, as most of them do, have multiple meanings. On the surface, of course, he is referring to himself, continuing from the previous verses, "For God sent His only begotten son and whoever shall believe in Him shall not perish but have eternal life." God's son, Jesus, is the Light of the world casting out the shadows of darkness. But let's really think about the implications of what He is saying here, that multiple meaning I referred to earlier. "Everyone who does evil hates the light and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed." What does that sound like to you? To me, it sounds like a former president who refused to release his tax returns and current president molded in that same image. Who makes decisions to advance himself at the expense of others. Who leads a party that continually attempts to circumvent the Constitution and the required procedural processes to obscure and hide their intentions from the American People. A party that has continued to try to bully and push their way around, working in their own interests instead of the American people's. A party that is happy to highlight a $1.50 a week raise for a hardworking everyday citizen while burying the news that their actions has led to billions of dollars being pocketed by corporations, who are all the while laying off employees while touting minimal wage increases. A party that takes credit for the accomplishments of the previous administration while ignoring the problems resulting from their hateful, ignorant, and irresponsible rhetoric. It is neither grand nor just to work in the darkness, behind the backs of your Constituents, it is evil, pure and simple. Unlike the 1920s, when republicans were allowed to run wild resulting in the Great Depression, the largest economic downturn in our country's history. We are headed in that same direction today. We have a Democrat-made economic boom being made less stable by irresponsible republican policies. We see a GOP takeover of Congress after they have successfully spent years working in the shadows and hiding from the light. We see our standing on the world stage, built up by a beloved Democrat president, being torn down by a brutish, shortsighted republican. But we now stand at an impasse, we can repeat our history or we can let our hindsight be 20/20. We can continue to let the republicans entrap us in their snare or we can stand up to them. We can continue to be dragged down the road shackled by the gop policies performed in backrooms and behind curtains or we can shine a light, demanding transparency from our leaders.
Today, I announce that I am stepping up to be the lead light-bearer. Clearly, I am not Jesus, but He gives each and everyone of us the strength to be the light, to cast out darkness, to herald progress. As the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr said, "Everybody can be great because everybody can serve...you only need a heart full of Grace." I am asking that each of you accept that call to be great so that every person in every state, the District, the territories, our military bases, our space stations, and anywhere else that an American may be can know that we a are community that strives to be better, to be the best. I am asking for your trust, for your support as I run to lead our movement towards a better America.
Change can only come if each and every one of us steps up and commits to saying no more will we be lied to and misled by the gop. We are the bringers of light and that's the real deal. We have the power to truly make America great for each and every person within its boundaries and that's the real deal. We have an opportunity to restore the faith of the world in American leadership and that's the real deal. If you were a "Never Trump" person, I cannot imagine you being happy with his lapdog and follower in President Fitzgerald, who made backroom deals, not to better serve the American People, but to serve himself. If you say you love this country and our Constitution, then you cannot be happy that the republican party continually tries to push policies and nominations through Congress in the dark of night instead of the light of day. If you say you care about our purple mountains majesty and our amber waves of grain and our oceans white with foam, then you cannot be happy with a regime that values corporations over the environment, over our health, and over our children's futures.
If you are tired of the same old, same old, then I ask for your support. If you're ready for a government that truly values you, then I ask for your support. If you want a leader who builds up our country, who fights for each and every person, who is unafraid of the hard work it will take to ensure that we continue to live up the ideals of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, Frederick Douglass, Sojourner Truth, Susan B. Anthony, Woodrow Wilson, Franklin Roosevelt, Dwigth Eisenhower, and every other great American leader who made this country what it is today - than I ask for your support. I am not running for president for myself, I am running for each and every one of you. For the teacher here in Columbia wondering how she will pay for her kids' college. For the fisherman in Portland wondering how we will protect his industry and way of life. For the child in Phoenix who is wondering what kind of world will be left in just a few short decades. For the family in Springfield wondering who will fight for them in 2021 when, thanks to the republican tax scam, the minuscule tax roll backs for the middle and lower classes end while the tax breaks for corporations and the rich continue. For the farmer wondering how he will compete with the factory farms favored by republicans. For the veteran wondering why the country that they fought for has seemed to abandoned them and their comrades. I fight for you, America, and I will be honored to take that fight to the White House! Thank you! God bless you! And God bless the United States of America!