I got an interesting letter in the mail a while back. I want to tell you about it.
Our campaign gets a lot of contributions by mail, sometimes more than 100 each day. Almost all of them look alike: preprinted and addressed to our post office box, with a return address sticker in the upper left corner. They’re all the same color; they’re all the same size. Rather impersonal.
One day, I saw one that looked different. Smaller envelope. Handwritten. This is how it was addressed:
Inside was a beautiful handwritten note, from Julia. Among the things that she said to me was this:
“You do speak for everyone.”
Well, I certainly do try.
We live in a world of bits and bytes, where communication is standardized, systematized, normalized and homogenized. We take our ideas, feelings and needs, and we cram them into in a blender. But every once in a while, something unique – a handwritten note, a special gift, a photo, a touch – marks us as what we really are:
Human beings. Unique human beings.
Every one of us, as special as our own handwriting.
This is not a campaign to ignore our differences, to overcome our differences, to expunge our differences, or even to bridge our differences. This is a campaign to celebrate our differences – to acknowledge that every one of us is a unique bundle of talents, strengths and interests – and to make sure that we all reach our full potential in life.
That is what I believe in. I believe in you. Just like Julia believes in me.
That’s what this is really all about. That is our movement. Join us, contribute to our campaign today, and make us all succeed. When we elevate each other individually, then we are all elevated. The People, united, can never be defeated >>
Rep. Alan Grayson
Candidate for U.S. Senate