On a sunny warm Sunday in April 2000, my father-in-law, Gerald Cohen, suffered a massive heart attack, his second. He needed a miracle.
He was on his way to a family celebration.
He never made it.
I stood in silent shock as a medical evacuation helicopter landed at the hospital, two medics bundled him into the chopper, and they flew off.
I was dumbstruck by the crazy turn of events.
His doctors quickly determined that his heart was so damaged that his only chance of survival was a heart transplant — he had just days or hours to live.
As we all were mentally preparing to say goodbye, unexpectedly, a miracle occurred.
A donor was identified.
In the nick of time, Dad received a new heart.
He lived another 11 happy years.
Since that day almost twenty years ago, I believe in miracles.
Ready for the miracle
What we need to do to save America is like that heart transplant my father-in-law received. Part miracle, part action. As this series is showing, we need – and can do—both.
In part one of this Healing America series, we recognized the urgency and illness.
In pat two, we diagnosed the cause.
Now we must prepare a plan of action. The action starts with thinking big and committing to do whatever it takes to ensure that the America we’ve been promised thrives for years to come.
While our American ideals are on the precipice of imminent death, I believe that we can heal the greed disease that is killing the “heart” of the United States of America.
It’s no longer workable to stand by and hope that the problem will magically be fixed by others.
Urgent and lifesaving action is needed by justice-hearted Americans to liberate our fellow citizens from the shackles of injustice. We can create an inclusive healing movement where all Americans can learn to live peacefully together now and for future generations.
We’re the miracle
A miracle is required to save the heart of America, yes. But we’re the miracle!
President Abraham Lincoln said it best: “I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis.”
We have the opportunity today to unleash our individual valor and our collective courage to reclaim, restore, and renew American ideals — so that we and future generations can fulfill on the promise of our unalienable rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
Can we see through the clouds of complacency?
Can we awaken ourselves to the possibility of waging justice to create a more perfect Union?
Can we realize the dream of the ages to usher in a more just and peaceful world for our children?
Can we help all Americans cast off their greed intoxication?
Can we demolish the golden calf of falsehoods, avarice, lies, and deception?
We must take back our government so that we can live in balance with the Earth and each and every one of us has a fair chance to create a winning life.
We can start to cure America today, but only if come together, only if we truly Build a Movement in 2020 that can’t be ignored.
The time for bold action to radically and rapidly dismantle injustice is now! The first steps are the easiest, a stand for justice that takes a couple of clicks:
- Sign the BAM2020 pledge to demand a government that works for all
- Share your pledge with others on social media and invite them to do the same.
Someday you’ll tell your kids you helped save America.