The America I Want To Take Back

Letter from Howard Dean, February 16, 2004

I believe that the America we want is within our reach.

As voters in Wisconsin prepare to go to the polls tomorrow, there are two things you can do help us win:

(1) contribute:

(2) take a moment and call or email any friends and family you have in Wisconsin, and encourage them to cast a vote:

Tell them why this election is so important, and what we mean when we say that we want our country back. I believe that the America we want is within our reach.

I want an America where mothers can take their children to a family doctor, instead of going to the emergency room every time because there's no health insurance.

I want an America where hard-working Americans don't live in fear of losing their jobs because that means losing their health care too.

Where corporations care as much about the communities that make their products and buy their goods as they do about their profit sheets.

Where CEO's don't make 531 times what workers earn, even as they ship their headquarters to Bermuda and their jobs to China.

I want an America where men and women have an opportunity to go to college, get good jobs, and maybe even start their own businesses -- regardless of their background. Where the kitchen table is a place to share dreams -- not to worry and struggle over paying the credit card bills, the mortgage, the tuition payments.

I want an America where "no child left behind" is something we pay for and guarantee, not an empty promise sold by Washington politicians to the rest of us. I want a fair America that doesn't let soldiers risk their lives for us only to be told they can't get overtime pay for jobs that use the skills they learned in the military.

I want an America where we are more than cogs in a machine, where there is nourishment for our human souls. Where there is true community, and we recognize and affirm that we are all in this together.

That's the type of America I want us to take back. Please forward this message to your friends, and have them reach out to voters in Wisconsin. Together, we can change this country’s future.

Governor Howard Dean, M.D.

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