So don’t let them tell you that change isn’t possible. Because here’s what I know: It’s always been hard to bring about change in America. Think about it. This country was founded on hard. I mean, we started off as 13 colonies having to battle the most powerful empire on Earth. And a lot of people said, well, you can’t do that. And then they decided we’re going to try a new form of government — of and by and for the people. And they said we hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal, endowed by our Creator with certain inalienable rights; that among these are life and liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
That idea had not been tried before. There was no certainty of success. But they knew it was worth trying. And over decades, they had to make that idea real — had to abolish slavery, had to win women the right to vote, had to win workers the right to organize.
All that change was hard. Imagine if our parents, our grandparents, our great-grandparents, if they had said, ah, you know what, this is just too hard, I’m getting discouraged. What if they had just given up? What if people had been calling them names and worse and they had said, we can’t do this?
They said, “Yes, we can.”
–from Moving America Forward Rally, Cleveland, Ohio, October 31, 2010