My parents immigrated to this country with ten dollars in their pocket, and the hope that the America that they had heard about really did exist. When tough times came, they didn’t look to Washington, they looked within.
So the America I grew up knowing was centered in self reliance, and filled with the possibilities of living the American dream.
The America I know is grounded in the determination found in patriots and pioneers, in small businesses with big ideals.
It’s found in the farmers who work in the beauty of our landscape, and our heroic military. It’s found in the Olympic Athletes and every child who looks at the seemingly impossible and says, “I can do that.” That is the America I know!
President Obama’s version of America is a divided one — pitting us against each other based on our income level, gender, and social status. His policies have failed! We are not better off than we were 4 years ago, and no rhetoric, bumper sticker, or campaign ad can change that.
Mr. President, I am here to tell you we are not buying what you are selling in 2012.
The American Dream is our story. It is a story of human struggle, standing up and striving for more. It’s been told for over 200 years with small steps and giant leaps; from a woman on a bus to a man with a dream; and the bravery of the greatest generation, to the entrepreneurs of today.
This is our story. This is the America we know because we built it.