(Editorial comment: Hawaii’s elected representative to Congress Tulsi Gabbard’s February 2, 2019 address announcing her candidacy for President of the United States in 2020 was remarkable in many ways, but what separated her most from Donald Trump and others who’ve publicly conveyed their intentions of running was one statement by Ms. Gabbard: “There is no force more powerful than love.”
If one were to imagine Donald Trump, Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden etc. being asked by journalists the following question: “How do you feel about the idea, suggested by Ms. Gabbard, that there is no more powerful force than love?”, then one might better understand why the just-born Tulsi Gabbard campaign and movement has immense potential for success.
In the history of United States presidential politics, unless mistaken (and we don’t believe so), such a reference by a candidate to high-consciousness spiritual wisdom implying the feasibility of real, transformation-producing, global spiritual evolution as Tulsi Gabbard did during her speech is without precedent, – in other words, even when taking into consideration the massive compilation of speeches … new.
Tulsi Gabbard has simply, boldly and courageously raised the bar higher than ever before, arguably where the U.S. presidential debate bar should always have been, rightly, from the start. Donald Trump and the other candidates’ advisers and public relations experts will find it very difficult, if not impossible, to refute and/or overpower the essential, morality-based, profoundly compelling message just sent from Hawaii. End of editorial comment)
(Transcript of Tulsi Gabbard’s February 2, 2019 presidential campaign announcement address comes from Tulsi2020.com)
Thank you so much.
Growing up here in Hawaii, I loved swimming, surfing, and having fun in this paradise we are lucky to call home.
But I gradually realized that I was actually happiest when I was doing things for other people, doing things to protect our water, oceans, and beaches.
This was a different kind of happiness than what I experienced when just thinking of myself. It was a deeper happiness, that stayed with me.
I knew that no matter what path I chose in life, I wanted service to be the foundation.
I am proud to serve our country as a soldier. I’m a Major in the Army National Guard where I’ve served for the last 15 years.
I’m so grateful to have had the opportunity to serve the people of Hawaii and our country in so many ways over the years –, in the state house where I was elected at 21, serving 100,000 people as a member of the Honolulu City Council, and now for over 6 years in Congress.
Thank you for your trust and your aloha.
I’m a Major in the Army National Guard, where I’ve served for the last 15 years. a Major in the National Guard and proud to serve as a soldier, a Major in the National Guard, proud to serve our country as a soldier. I enlisted nearly 15 years ago in the Army National Guard, and deployed twice to the Middle East.
Our nation was founded on the principle that our government should be of the people, by the people, and for the people — where all people are treated equally, and with respect, in these UNITED states of America.
But today that vision seems like a far off dream.
Hatred and divisiveness have cast a dark shadow across our country.
We are being torn apart by powerful, self-serving politicians and greedy corporations, inciting hatred, fear, and conflict between us because of the color of our skin, the way we worship, or our political party. This corruption of spirit driven by greed and selfishness is eroding the very fabric of our society … and democracy itself.
This is not who we are, America.
The best of our nation is exemplified by our nation’s veterans who embody what it means to put service above self. Who have sacrificed their own personal interests out of a greater love for our people and our country.
Love is not just a feeling. It is a powerful force that drives us to act, to put service above self.
Our men and women in uniform, generation after generation, motivated by love for one another and for our country have been willing to sacrifice everything … for us.
They don’t raise their hand and volunteer to serve just to fight for one religion but not another; people of one race but not another; people of one political party but not another.
When we raise our right hand and volunteer to serve, we set aside our own interests — to serve our country and to fight for ALL Americans.
We serve as one — Indivisible and unbreakable, united by this bond of love for each other and love for our country.
It is this principle of putting service above self, that is at the heart of every soldier, every service member.
And it is in this spirit that today I announce my candidacy for President of the United States of America.
I will bring a soldier’s principles to the White House — restoring the values of dignity, honor and respect to the presidency. And above all, love for our people and love of country.
I ask you to join me, in this spirit of putting service before self, to stand up against the forces of greed and corruption.
The road ahead will not be easy.
The battle will be tough, the obstacles great.
But I know that when we stand united, by our love for our people and our country, there is no obstacle we cannot overcome, there is no battle we cannot win.
John F. Kennedy once said, “Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country.”
We must heed his call to action today, at this critical time in our history.
We must stand up, and fight for the soul of our country.