Jul 26, 2016
“My fellow Democrats, my fellow Americans, aloha.
People have asked me how a somewhat frumpy and sometimes grumpy 70-year old could become the voice for millions, connecting seamlessly with laborers in the Rust Belt and environmentalists in the West.
The answer lies in his aloha: his deep love for others and Mother Earth.
As Bernie said, “The truth is, when you hurt, when your children hurt, I hurt. And when my kids hurt, you hurt.”
This is a movement of love.
Love which calls us to care for families torn apart by our criminal justice system … to care for folks whose jobs have vanished because of destructive trade deals … to care for those barely scraping by at minimum wage or crippled by college debt… to care about our environment and future generations… to care about lives lost, lives ruined, and countries destroyed by counterproductive regime change wars… to care for our veterans who face unacceptable delays and inadequate care.
This movement of love and compassion is bigger than any one of us … it speaks to our nation’s conscience, to our hearts.
Such love opens our eyes to the truth that every hungry child is my child every worker seeking the dignity of a job is my neighbor . . . every senior citizen in need of care is my parent … an attack on anyone because of race, religion, or sexual orientation is an attack on all of us.
It’s when we care for each other — choosing inclusion and love over division and hatred — that this great country is at its greatest.
Let us draw inspiration from the words of Mahatma Gandhi: “A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history.”
My friends, because this is a movement fueled by love, it can never be stopped or defeated.
On behalf of millions inspired by aloha, determined to seek a future rooted in love, compassion and justice, and dedicated to a government of the people, by the people, and for the people, I am honored to nominate Bernie Sanders for President of the United States.”
Tulsi Gabbard spent her life growing up in beautiful Hawai‘i. As a teenager, she co-founded an environmental non-profit called Healthy Hawai’i Coalition, focused on educating children about protecting Hawaii’s environment.
An advocate for environmental policy, Tulsi was elected to the Hawai‘i State Legislature in 2002 when she was just 21 years old, becoming the youngest person ever elected in the state. A year later, she joined the Hawai‘i Army National Guard to serve Hawai‘i and our country. In 2004, Tulsi volunteered to deploy with her fellow soldiers, becoming the first state official to voluntarily step down from public office to serve in a war zone.
Tulsi served two tours of duty in the Middle East, and she continues her service as a Major in the Army National Guard. Tulsi’s 2005 deployment was a 12-month tour at Logistical Support Area Anaconda in Iraq, where she served in a field medical unit as a specialist with a 29th Support Battalion medical company. She was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal at the end of this tour.