I believe the American dream exists, but it is conditioned on large swaths of Americans being denied their rights and opportunity.
I believe the American dream is a reality. We have a society where people are equal under the eyes of the law, and intolerance and prejudice are meaningless terms. It is a society where artificial barriers to achievement are nonexistent, and the ability to fulfill one’s innate potential is unrestricted. And that utopia, the America dream, is conditioned on large swaths of Americans persistently and deliberately being denied those rights.
Throughout my life, I have borne witness to a system of unprecedented gains and innovations that have left most of America behind. I have lived through a political era where those at the top have dictated the terms of social discourse in a way that protects their station and entrenches inequality. And with disdain, they offer scraps to those who have fallen victim to their predation. However, no one would need the scraps if the system of governance worked properly.
There has long been a war on government for the average American. Government has seemingly been rendered effete in its ability to manage society for the benefit of the majority. But in reality, it has been captured for the use of those at the top. The root of our problem: we look at everything only through the lens of the economy and not who the winners and losers are. That is wrong. That is immoral. And that is the prybar used for the past 40 years to separate the government from the people and benefit those who are at the top. Today, opportunity is largely foreclosed unless you are born into privilege. And as we fail to address our history and the structural and systemic problems of inequality, this legacy of injustice only mounts to suffocate us.
Mody for Congress
We cannot keep electing the same people and expect different results.
Running for Congress is not something I have been groomed to do; I am not a handpicked candidate willing to cosign attenuated policies and make false promises.
From the outside, I am a 41-year-old, biracial, gay man. I am a Harvard graduate and have a diverse background of working in finance, economics, and social welfare. But at my core, I am a citizen who is tired of witnessing endemic inequality from the sidelines. I co-founded Plus1Vote, a non-profit focused on voting activism, to work behind the scenes on changing progressive messaging. It supports organizations, influencers, and candidates in connecting voting to the outcomes of our most critical social issues.
Now is the time that civic engagement and voting matter the most in the history of our country. But a central part of our problem today is "who" we have elected (and continue to re-elect) over the past 40 years. Congress is packed full of our representatives who solely care about self-preservation and the interests of who fund their re-elections.
We cannot have those who benefit from the status quo lead the change and expect things not to stay the same. To try and change that meant running for office.
We need leaders and fighters, or the change is never going to come.
There is widespread recognition that the system is broken. It is not. The people who we have elected to represent us are. They have perverted the government to serve corporations and the few at the top, and they are indifferent to injustice and inequality that plagues this country. Today, I don’t see our government leading an honest conversation about our systemic injustices or a path to correct these issues. Our democratic needs are not being met, and there isn’t the will to do so or a strategy to use political power effectively. Timid, incremental change isn’t going to cut it anymore.
We need structural changes that wrench Americans back into alignment with our government. My proposal, Equal Now, seeks to do just that. It provides policy prescriptions within five areas of inequality: Economic, Civil, Political, Social, and Opportunity. Moreover, it will redress many historical injustices that America has long been unresponsive to and denied.
We live in a country where the founding promises are hollow, and the promises made for tomorrow never come. America has never doled out equality or justice because it held itself to a higher ideal. Progress has only come by prying it from the hands of power. A future that is different from the insidious cycles of our past begins with the promises we make to ourselves today. I promise to bring the fight for equality to the front line. We all want to be useful; this is how I can help.
“Roshan Mody FL 20
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