The next four years will mark the beginning of a new era in our democracy, when people will be able to hear from all of us who stand in the way of our country.
I know we are working hard to make sure that happens.
But I want you to know that this year, we are in a much different place.
You’ve heard of the Trump administration.
You know that the GOP is in total disarray.
You’re seeing the rise of the far right.
And you’ve heard the words, “Never Again.”
The phrase has become a rallying cry for the disenfranchised, the forgotten and the voiceless.
But you’re also seeing a resurgence of ideas and a willingness to talk about the things that matter to people.
You want to know how to fix the economy?
You want a better education system?
You don’t have to ask me, but I will tell you.
I’ve been doing this for 25 years.
I’m a doctor.
I don’t like politics.
I think we have to be able and willing to talk to each other and find common ground.
The most important thing that we can do in the next four decades is to find common cause, find common solutions, and move forward.
And that’s why, with a president who has been very clear, we’re going to get this done.
That’s why I’m going to be talking to you today about a plan that will deliver economic growth, a fairer tax system, and a better job and education system for every American.
I want to be very clear about the stakes here.
You will see my administration bring us a new chapter in our country’s history, one that will restore our promise to the American people.
And I know it will bring many new friends and allies.
And, more importantly, I know that it will provide a path to an America that works for everyone, regardless of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, or any other characteristic protected by our laws.
We are a nation that is stronger when we stand together, and we will not rest until we all work together.
I will be doing everything I can to bring the United States of America together as a nation.
I have great confidence in the leadership of President-elect Donald J. Trump and his team, and I look forward to working with them to put this plan in place.
But for now, let me tell you something that I know you’ll agree with: There are some things in this country that we have not seen for a very long time, and they are going to continue to grow and grow until they are a national crisis, until they cause untold suffering and death.
We have been here before.
I was here when the Civil War began.
My father was a slave.
We lost my family when my father was taken prisoner.
The Civil War is a national tragedy, and the pain of it is a painful national crisis.
But we have come a long way.
We now have a president with a clear vision of how we are going about rebuilding our country and our economy.
We’ve seen a remarkable economic recovery and prosperity, but we’ve also seen the problems of the past emerge.
You’ll see that as we bring the next chapter of our nation together, as we move forward, and as we put the pieces back together.
But the things we have in common are not just in our past.
We share the same history.
We believe in our ideals.
And as a country, we will move forward as a unified people.
The only difference between this country and any other is the fact that we know how we must rebuild.
The president-elect is committed to that.
We’re going forward together.
So I want everybody to know, and you’ll hear from me, that we’re not going to rest until the American Dream is secured and a new beginning is reached.
That dream is that the American dream is a possibility for every family in this great nation, for all of our people, for everybody.
And this is where I come in.
As the son of immigrants, my parents came to this country with a simple dream: to build a better life for their children.
But they also knew that if we wanted to make a better country, if we want to make America great again, then we needed to take care of our citizens first.
When the Civil Rights Act of 1964 came into being, my father and I joined other families across the country in signing up for Social Security and Medicare.
We felt that we could no longer ignore the fact of the fact, the fact they were working people.
We needed to provide them with the benefits they needed.
We knew that we were going to need the help of the government to make it happen.
But as we worked toward that goal, we also knew we had to take steps to ensure that the benefits we were providing were the kind of benefits