State Representative Keith Ellison is calling for renewal for our country. In announcing that he is running for the U.S. House of Representatives seat being vacated by 28 year incumbent, Martin Olav Sabo, Ellison said America must return to a "place where people's labor is dignified and where people's jobs are not outsourced.
America can't afford the social safety net it promised its citizens because of the war, he said.
Our money should be directed toward creating a sustainable future, Ellison said.
Our nation has always had two faces, Ellison said. One is motivated by fear. The other, however, reflects the courage and conviction of those who stand tall, fighting for freedom and justice, "like Martin Sabo, Hubert Humphrey, Walter Mondale and Martin Luther King."
Ellison said he is laying claim to Minnesota's progressive legacy. He recalled an appearance on a Conversations With Al McFarlane broadcast: "I drew inspiration from Martin Sabo. Sabo stood up for decency when the administration was trying to privatize Social Security. And he has stood up for environmental justice," Ellison said.
Ellison said the war is number one issue facing the nation today, but environmental justice is the long term number 1 issue. How we live now is not sustainable, he said. "We are poisoning our world and warming it up." Our concern for the environment is "not about saving exotic species. It is about saving our selves. It is about saving the inner city by reclaiming brownfields. We have to make energy in a clean, green way to assure the long term survival of our species."
Ellison said his campaign will focus on bridge building, not on the wedge issues Republicans use to drive people apart. "People have much more in common that they share than what divides them.
For instance, he said, the Conservatives separate people who truly believe in what Jesus said: 'feed the hungry, clothe the naked, house the homeless', by ignoring those commandments while claiming to follow Bible passages which they use to justify asking the government to play matchmaker.
"The government has no business picking who marries who," Ellison said. "This is a wedge issue. They use it to divide people who want socia