How to do the impossible

This is the last day of 2017, so you might be thinking about where the year has gone and what might be next. I bet you have good stories about this year. I know I do.

This year I launched a campaign for Governor of Minnesota—without big backers or professional staff or much else besides dedicated volunteers and the desire to offer Minnesotans the fearless, boldly progressive leadership I believe we need. 

Our slogan is “Believe in Minnesota,” because we believe that Minnesota can be a shining light in this precarious time when so much that we value is under attack. 

I’m not that different from you. My parents grew up poor in Brooklyn, NY, the children of immigrants. But the American dream was real for them, and for me. They were educated and lifted into the middle class because America believed in doing that, which also made my path possible. They, and I, always understood that we didn’t do it entirely on our own and that we had privileges others never got. Minnesota can, and must, make those opportunities available to all.

Recently I read about an award-winning neurosurgeon who came here from Mexico by jumping the border at age 19. He started by picking cotton, eventually learning English and winning a scholarship to college. Years later he became a US citizen—and has been a great asset to the U.S. Helping people pull themselves up is what the U.S. used to do, and we can do it again. This is the future I believe in, and I believe Minnesota can lead the way.

Saint Francis of Assisi said, “Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.” Together, we can do this!

Weekly EmailLeo Alfred