I can’t wait for y’all to get to know @BetoORourke. Those of us here at Veterans for Beto were grassroots organizers for his Senate campaign last summer and fall. Those of us in our group know Beto as well as anyone, and our support for Beto has not wavered since the mid-term.
We’re #Texas #veterans, y’all. All of us wore the uniform (or were close to someone who did), we’re patriots, and we love Texas and our country. We’re also mostly pretty cynical about politics and politicians, which is why it’s remarkable how much we support @BetoORourke.
This veteran had never gotten off the couch to support any politician. But there I am, putting up road signs in September Texas heat. I personally knocked probably over 1,500 doors, and Vets for Beto thousands more. For @BetoORourke, I, and my colleagues, showed the fuck up.
When you get a chance, go to one of his events. Listen to the man. He is one of the most inspirational speakers I’ve ever heard. You can tell he’s not using some pollster to create his talking points. He speaks from the heart. He speaks truths that need to be said.
One thing that always struck me during the Senate campaign was how Ted Cruz would tell people what he thought @BetoORourke would do if he was elected, rather than what Cruz would do should be be re-elected.
@BetoORourke always talked about what he would advocate for if elected; he never talked about Cruz. With Cruz, it was always about the fear. Don’t believe me? Go look at photos of Cruz “rallies.” No smiles. Grim expressions. He stoked their fear in every rally.
How did he make them afraid? Fear of legalizing narcotics and hard drugs. Fear of open borders and caravans and unregulated immigration. Fear of socialized healthcare that would throw granny off Medicare. None of these things are true. @BetoORourke wanted none of these things.
Cruz’s mischaracterizations, his dishonesty, his lies; he employed those tactics because they were effective. Why is it that R’s, who run the government in Texas and the Senate and Presidency (and, last year, the House), are always so afraid?
Is it that because they are worried that, if Democrats have a say, they will have to settle for smaller slices of the pie? But @BetoORourke will tell you, it doesn’t have to be smaller slices of pie. We can make a bigger pie, y’all. Or more pies. (I vote for Pecan).
@BetoORourke will tell you, “When we decide that we are going to invest in people, great things happen.” Imagine an educated, healthy, and mobile America. An America where we are working locally and globally.
An America with an unhindered and legal flow of people and goods across our border with Mexico, here in Texas our largest and most important trading partner, and America’s 3rd largest trading partner, and around the world, through our physical and digital ports.
An America where we lead the world in #energy, both traditional and #renewableenergy, but also lead the world on #environmental protection and action on #climatechange.
An America where we embrace migrants, not lock up them or their children. Where freedom for Americans is the goal of our government, whether that is freedom to vote, to go to school, to obtain healthcare, to earn a living wage, or to not be afraid of police.
An America where we take in the best and make it better. An America that leads the world, not as hegemon but as a leader among partners.
That is @BetoORourke’s vision. That is what I want. That is why this Texas #Veteran supports #BetoforPresident.
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