Understanding the challenges before us is crucial to finding bold and effective solutions, and I have worked hard to propose new ideas that will truly address our greatest challenges : job creation, providing universal health care and bringing down costs, creating quality public schools, controlling nuclear proliferation and ending the wars, and the need to revolutionize our energy sector and confront global warming.
But no proposal, no matter how promising and well-reasoned, will fully succeed unless citizens are inspired to unite against the gridlock of special interest money and extreme partisanship in Washington. Instead of buying into a system which continually fails to produce real solutions that put the common interest above special interests, anyone who aspires to the privilege and honor of public office must do everything possible to make that office work for the people whose votes open the door: first, by simply saying “No” to the lobbying and PAC money that undermines and distorts our public policy process, and second, by embracing and welcoming the idea that there is no more powerful engine for progress and change than citizens united in common cause to build a better future for their families and communities.
I’m running for Senate to help restore America as an Opportunity Society and to represent Massachusetts citizens who are too often ignored or marginalized by politics as usual-people who have lost their jobs, their health care coverage, their homes, their life savings, and their children’s dreams of a college education. And I have no doubt that if the citizens of our Commonwealth take up the cause with me, we can succeed. That means, with just days to the election, I need your help spreading my message of Big Citizenship, reform, and real solutions to voters across our state — through phone calls, canvassing door-to-door, and inspiring friends and family to get out and vote this Tuesday, Dec. 8. So please go to my website www.alanforsenate.com and sign up to help!
We can never replace Senator Kennedy. But we can honor him, and his great service to our country and Commonwealth, by doing what citizens of Massachusetts have always done: committing ourselves, in our lives and in our work, to the ideals of equality, justice and opportunity. That is what I have tried to do throughout my life, and what I pledge to do as Senator.
With deep gratitude,