While campaigning for President in 2016, I made a speech titled, “Two Paths,” where I stated my belief that Americans ultimately needed to come together to solve our country’s problems.
In light of the November election results, I wanted to share a short passage from that speech with you as I believe it is more important than ever today:
One choice – the path that exploits anger, encourages resentment, turns fear into hatred and divides people.
This path solves nothing, demeans our history, weakens our country and cheapens each of us.
It has but one beneficiary and that is to the politician who speaks of it.
The other path is the one America has been down before.
It is well trod, it is at times steep, but it is solid.
It is the same path our forebears took together.
It is from this higher path that we are offered the greater view.
And, imagine for a moment with me that view.
Fear turns to hope because we remember to take strength from each other.
Uncertainty turns to peace because we reclaim our faith in the American ideals that have carried us upward before.
And America’s supposed decline becomes its finest hour, because we came together to say “no” to those who would prey on our human weakness and instead chose leadership that serves, helping us look up, not down.
This is the path I believe in.
This is the America I believe in.
And, this is the America I know all Americans want us to be.”
Ohio Gov. John Kasich