Empathy & Human Rights Require #CleanElections
I’m looking forward to being with you this evening because I know how much you and I love the caring citizens in our communities. When you love your neighbors and their freedom, you want their lives to be fulfilling, their dreams to come true, and want them to be treated fairly. We, of course, hope they want the same from us. We hope we can cooperate around expanding basic human rights for all. Strong empathy and responsibility for self and others has always the basic American trust in caring citizenship excellence.
But that American trust in individual freedom is being threatened by an anti-American idea. That awful idea is that the public good is out of vogue, and each of us are really on our own — beholden to unaccountable corporations. Caring citizens of all political parties are losing heart in America, not just the Democratic or Republican Party. They’re losing heart because they believe their elected representatives are either in cahoots with corporate privateers, or being undermined by corporate privateers. So many people believe this they have lost heart in the political process as being one that can foster cooperation. Where I live many believe all parties are part of the problem versus the solution. And they tell me (1) I am either crazy to think cooperation for human rights could be the norm, or (2) I’m the most optimistic person they know.
So here I am. Rather than answers, I have values and ideas. The idea is simple, but not easy. I believe a clean election, defined as one that’s conducted by the people’s elected representatives — the 66 members of the central committee, is appropriate. I hope that an appointed executive committee member will make a motion tonight and another seconds it for discussion, that everyone who is not a part of the elected 66 resign. I believe this sets important precedence and sends a strong message — not just for our party, but ALL parties in OH. That message is that not only do you — the appointed executive committee members believe in the chair that will be elected tonight — more importantly you care about the people who sent me and the other 65 to Columbus.
For me, it’s not about David tonight. I hope all the best for him. For me, and I hope you, it’s about the people of Ohio’s duly elected representatives that stand before you tonight. Do you trust us? Can you trust us? I think you can. I hope you can. And if you can’t, I hope you can at least say, you want to learn to trust us.