Dodd - Why not now? Why not us? Why not together?

In the spirit of The New Politics, we'll be analyzing communications (speeches, e-mails, etc.) from public officials on both sides of the aisle to see how they plan to meet the challenges of the 21st century. The following is an example:

Here's an e-mail from Sen. Chris Dodd (D-CT) asking members to "Help Create a Secure and More Prosperous America" by doing two things: making a contribution and joining the Dodd Corps. In the e-mail he remains optimistic about the future amid the many challenges we face, and that, perhaps an era (which NDN calls the Era of Conservative Ascendancy) has ended, ushering in a new opportunity. Decide for yourself. The e-mail's below.

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Dear Friend,

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday. For me, this is the one holiday each year that passes by too quickly.

In the wake of the 2006 elections, Democrats across the country feel that we have much to be thankful for, and we do. But it would be a mistake for us to see the recent switch in the Congress as anything less than a chance to make good on a promise we made to the American people leading up to the election – we will be the party of change.

We have been given this opportunity for change – this moment in time – to come up with the answers to the problems facing our country today.

If, as some have suggested, the recent election signaled the end of the era of ideologues and indifference, it is my hope that our leadership can help bring about the beginning of a new era of idealism, ingenuity and faith in ourselves and our future.

To use our power to create, not just a future of peace and security, but a future of prosperity and opportunity, of learning and understanding;

To use our wealth to create, not just a world where some profit at the expense of many, but where many can profit to the advantage of all;

To use our leadership to create, not a nation of red states and blue states, but a world where people of every race, creed, color and religion come together to solve problems;

To use our talent, not as partisans, but as Americans: to raise the minimum wage; rebuild our manufacturing base and stop jobs fleeing our nation; make sure people can go to college without going bankrupt; make sure small businesses and entrepreneurs can exercise their talent to the fullest extent possible; make sure that all Americans have affordable health care coverage; build an economy where well-paying jobs are available to every American; and last but not least, build relationships around the world based on mutual respect, where a strong and smart America listens as well as it leads.

And ultimately, as Robert Kennedy once said, to judge success not just by the size of our gross national product, but by the health of our children, the quality of their education, the joy of their play, the strength of our public debate, and the integrity of our public officials.

We need to make the most of this moment in time we have been given -- and that is why I am writing to you today.

I am certain, with your help; we can fulfill our promise to America.

But, we must do more. Together we can lead America in a new, more hopeful direction.

That is why I am asking for you to do two things before the end of the year.

First, please consider making an online contribution to my campaign.

Your support will enable me to have the resources necessary to communicate and advocate for our common agenda to make America more secure, prosperous, and hopeful.

Second, please ask five friends to join the Dodd Corps by signing up for our e-mail list, so that we can grow our network of supporters who share our vision for a better future.

Let the generations that follow one day say of us that at the beginning of the 21st Century, after an uncertain start, America returned to her heritage.

Let them say that America preserved freedom and lived up to her highest ideals.

And let them say that in a broken time, we dedicated ourselves to the cause of an America that stands confident and proud and idealistic once again.

Why not now? Why not us? Why not together?

We can – and we must.

Thank you,
Chris Dodd