My name is Gina Martin, I am a 21 year old college graduate from a small town that you've probably never heard of. I am your typical middle-class citizen. I work for a non-profit and make very little money, so I work a second job on the side. I can't afford to go back to college and so it seems I am destined to live and die in the middle-class. But I am not here to send you a message of doom and gloom, I am here to bring one of hope. I wish not to send a message to Washington, or CNN, but to you, the American Public, to my friends. Politics have long been a way to divide the country, to stick a label to you and claim you as a statistic. To Washington you are not a furloughed worker, or a young person struggling to start your life; you are either a Republican or a Democrat, Through the eyes of Washington you are a just another number on a political poll. They have lost touch with the real America. This is not what we are. We are people, who get up everyday in hope of a brighter future. We are the ones who when we see someone struggling we stand up to help, even if we don't have the means. We are the ones who keep this country alive. It is we, who can hardly turn on the news anymore because of the bitterness our elected officials throw at each other, who are really in charge of this country. I say that now is not a time to be divided, but a time to come together as a people and to say “I will not stand for this”. I say again that the message that I wish to bring to you today is one of hope. While our government may not be able to come together, we can. The politicians will try to tell you to blame the other side for the mess that they've created in Washington, but we must see past this veil of lies. We should not stand against this outrage as Republicans and Democrats, but as Americans. We must show our “leaders” that we, as a united public, will stand against anything that hinders our ability to provide for our families. Rage, rage against the dying light my friends. For our America is dying, and the leaders of the country are holding the gun, poised for the kill shot. I ask you to stand with me and with all citizens, and let us send a message to Washington in one united voice.
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