By Randy Bryce
Five months ago, we posted a video online to launch what many at the time thought was a longshot campaign to defeat Paul Ryan.
But we did it anyway, because working people deserve a seat at the table of our own democracy.
Millions saw that first video. So today, we’re launching our second.
We used to have something waiting for us. Footsteps to follow. A trade. The promise of better times for our families if we paid our dues.
But now, that promise has been broken.
CEO’s close factories to avoid paying pensions to workers who have been loyal for twenty-plus years, just so their stock price goes up and they can make more money.
Drug companies that used to sell decades-old drugs for a few dollars a bottle sell-out to private hedge funds and wealthy investors who jack up the price of that same medicine hundreds and thousands of times over.
Politicians cut pay for teachers, close public schools, and increase our kids’ class sizes so they can give billionaires and corporations another tax break.
So we break a sweat and we break our backs, single moms, and line workers, and teachers, moving mountains, working our fingers to the bone, pouring every ounce of blood and sweat, making sure the foundation of the work today makes tomorrow better for our families, for our brothers and sisters, and for our communities.
Because it’s about survival.
So, from the beginning, this campaign has been about whether ordinary people can come together to build each other up like we do in our neighborhoods and shake the foundations of Washington.
Paul Ryan and his allies have made it perfectly clear they don’t care about us anymore. After giving the top 1% another massive tax cut at our expense, Ryan now wants to decimate Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security. And that’s not even a surprise.
When we defeat Paul Ryan, and swing the massive arm of change back towards working people, all of this hard work will have been worth it. This is why we’re going to win. It’s what separates us from the other side: We care about everybody — and they don’t.