Vote Pueblo values; vote for Biden
In Pueblo, we have a different way of doing things.
We treat people with kindness, regardless of how we disagree. We respect our differences and our diversity. We value integrity, service, hard work, and truth. And we honor our veterans and military service members. So when we’re hit with hard times like we have been over these past few months, we come together to serve our neighbors, to lend a hand, and to tackle challenges shoulder-to-shoulder.
That’s just the way we do things here. And as a result, we are an unbreakable community.
Perhaps that is why it’s been so profoundly painful for me to watch our country get torn apart. All across this nation, people are at each other’s throats – convinced that their 'opponent' is the embodiment of evil.
Fueled by hateful rhetoric and power-hungry leadership, our homeland has been set on ablaze. We’ve dehumanized our neighbors and alienated our friends. We’ve turned against one another, and the people in charge are profiting from it. But the fact of the matter is, it doesn’t have to be that way. The people of Pueblo are living proof – not because we always agree – but because we choose compassion over blame and connection over competition.
Our country needs that now. We need healing, and we need it urgently. We need to return to our values of decency and honor, or I’m afraid we will be damaged beyond repair.
Growing up in Pueblo, I watched my parents build a business from the ground up – impressing upon me the dedication and commitment required to make a dream a reality. It wasn’t easy. It took long nights, countless hours, and a bottomless well of faith. But in the end, my family earned their American success story.
Now, as I stand here dumbfounded by the darkness our country is submerged in, I root myself in the hope that despite the overwhelming challenges we face, with hard work and faith we can still make our dream of America, a reality.
It’s going to take a lot of grit and perseverance. It’s going to take a lot of listening instead of shouting. And it’s going to take strong leadership.
So, when I think about this upcoming election, I feel abundantly clear about who represents the better choice for our nation. Because fundamentally, if we want to move forward in healing, we need a man of decency, integrity, and empathy.
That man is Joe Biden.
As a father, who sent a son to war, who lost a wife and child at the tender age of 29, and who buried a cancer-ridden son, Joe knows the pain that so many are going through right now.
Coming from an industry town himself, he is also deeply connected to the struggle of everyday working families – making him especially equipped to address the challenges Americans are facing with effectiveness and compassion.
But perhaps most importantly, Joe Biden has shown an unrivaled commitment to the cause of unity.
During his time in government, rather than insolate himself with “yes men” he welcomed everyone to the table; Republicans, Independents, veterans, law enforcement, farmers, and folks of every age and every walk of life. Then, over the last few months, as our nation suffered from riots and hate crimes, rather than fuel the division with inflammatory language, Joe has unequivocally condemned violence and called for peace. In all things, Joe demonstrates the rare understanding that there’s no monopoly on good ideas – showing time and time again his willingness to listen and to learn.
So as I look at the challenges facing our nation, from an economic crisis that has devastated families, workers, and small business owners, to the division, hatred, and conspiracy theories that keep tearing us apart, I believe we need to choose a new way. The Pueblo way.
In Pueblo and across this country, we are aching for unity, for healing, for relief, and for recovery. We need true leadership. We need a renewal of the American values that make our great nation so special; hope in opportunity and freedom, commitment to hard work, to our neighbors, and to our communities, and appreciation for our diversity and our differences.
This is the Pueblo way, and I trust this November, it will be the American way once again. Leroy Garcia is the Senate President, representing Colorado’s 3rd district in the state Legislature. He is a lifelong resident of Southern Colorado and served in the Marine Corps in Iraq from 2001 to 2007.