Former President Barack Obama delivers a closing argument for the upcoming 2020 election before people will head to the polls.
The University of Illinois – Former President Barack Obama delivered a wake-up call speech for students at the University of Illinois stating the importance of voting and how it greatly affects our democracy. He emphasized being a fellow citizen and not as an ex-President, that all of us must vote as if our democracy depends on it.
Throughout the decades, America has went through great turmoil of Industrial Revolution and Great Depression taking a bunch of positive changes in the history such as:
Obama also stated that not everyone is part of this prosperity that the country is currently experiencing. “There’s a lot more work to do“, he said.
Despite the growth America has went through, there is still a stain of slavery, segregation and the reality of racial discrimination. According to him, the Civil Rights Movement not only opened new doors for African Americans but also opened up the floodgates of opportunity for women and Americans with disabilities, LGBT Americans and others to make their own claims to full and equal citizenship.
It is true, discrimination still exist and has remained a pernicious force in our society and continues to this day and although there are controversies about how to best insure genuine equality of opportunity.
Majority of Americans strongly agree that our country is strongest when everybody’s treated fairly, when people are judged on the merits and the content of their character and not the color of their skin or the way in which they worship God or their last names.
And that consensus extended beyond our borders. From the wreckage of World War II, we built a post-war web architecture system of alliances and institutions to underwrite freedom and oppose Soviet totalitarianism. Help poorer countries develop.
American leadership across the globe wasn’t perfect. We make mistakes. At times, we lost sight of our ideals had fierce arguments about Vietnam. We had fierce arguments about Iraq.
But thanks to our leadership. A bipartisan leadership and the efforts of diplomats, Peace Corp Volunteers and most of all, thanks to the constant sacrifices of our men and women in uniform.
We did not only reduce the prospect of war between the world’s great powers. We’re not only won the Cold War. We helped spread a commitment to certain values and principles like the rule of law, human rights, democracy and the notion the inherent diginity and worth of every individual. And even those countries that didn’t abide by those principles, we’re still subject to shame and had to at least give lip service to the idea and that provided a lever to continually improve the prospects for people around the world.
And that’s the storty of America. A story progress. Fitful progress. Incomplete progress but progress.
It was won because of countless quiet acts of heroism and dedication by citizens, by ordinary people. Many of them not much older than you. Ordinary people fought and marched and mobilized and built and – yes! Voted to make history.
The ideals that every child have opportunity. Every man and woman in this country who’s willing to work hard, should be able to find a job and support a family and pursue their small piece of the American dream.
Our ideals that say we have a collective to care for the sick and the infirm. We have the responsibility to conserve the bounty – the natural resources of this country and of this planet for future generations.
Sometimes the backlash comes from people who are genuinely, if wrongly, fearful of change.
It did not start with Donald Trump. He is a symptom, not the cause.
He’s just capitalizing on resentments that politicians have been fanning for years.
A fear and anger that’s rooted in our past but it’s also borne out of the enormous upheavals that have taken place in your brief lifetimes.
Former First Lady Michelle Obama urges everyone to vote as the 2020 Election is just right around the corner.
As stated in her closing argument for Joe Biden, one of the running candidates for President 2020, “..the country is in chaos because of the President who isn’t up to the job.” To regain any kind of stability, she further stated that every eligible voter must be well informed and engaged in this election.
The stakes are truly in display, especially on a day to day basis. As any family would experience, Michelle Obama encourage all parents to put an end from feeling the consequences of the current President’s failure in taking this pandemic seriously – the importance of wearing masks and social distancing. Where by, the opening of schools without offering a clear plan or meaningful support of keeping the students and teachers safe.
Luckily for the Obama’s, their daughters who are now in college, are taking their classes from home this semester. She further highlighted that some of their friends who returned to campus have either tested positive or are living with someone who has.
To put a stop from the soverignty of the Trump’s racism and spreading of lies and conspiracies. “With everything going on in their lives, they don’t have time to fact-check falsehoods being spread throughout the internet. And even reasonable people might get scared. And the one thing this president is really, really good at is using fear and confusion and spreading lies to win,” she said.
Michelle Obama urges every qualified voters to search within their hearts and the conscience to vote for the right president like Joe Biden, whom they can depend their lives on.
She further ads, “We have the chance to elect a president who can meet this moment. A leader who has the character and the experience to put an end to this chaos, start solving these problems and help lighten the load for families all across the country. And that leader is Joe Biden.”
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