I know how you feel today: hurt, angry, frustrated, disgusted. You feel like you have been ignored, betrayed, stabbed in the chest while the perpetrator looked you in the eye and smiled--telling you it's for your own good. Well, I want you remember this feeling.
One of the great things about playing sports (that actually keep score and determine winners and losers) is that you learn what motivates you. For some, it's fear of failure. For others, it's the hatred of losing. Still others are motivated by the love of winning--and the glory that comes with it. It's why they begin their off-season training regiment the day after that final game. It's why they practice until their lungs are about to explode or their legs completely lose all their strength. It's why they practice their swings or releases until their hands bleed from the blisters.
Today, I want you to find that motivation. Today, I want you to promise yourself that you will not allow this to happen again. That you will listen carefully to what every candidate has to say in every election. That you will research the positions of every candidate in every election. That you won't vote "change for change's sake".
Make this the day that you resolve to bring about change you really want. Run for the local office that affects your life the most--or volunteer to help the candidates in larger races that stand for the same things you believe in. I'd ask you to contribute money to those campaigns--but you are going to need every last penny you can hang on to now.
Don't let the fire inside of you rage and boil over now--nothing can really be accomplished now. Instead, let it burn slowly within you providing a constant heat that will power your actions in September...and November....and next April and then in 2012. Remember the way you feel this day every time you step into the voting booth for the rest of your life. We let this happen--but we won't let it happen again.
As for me, I'll be following Nancy Pelosi's advice--giving up my job to follow my dream of becoming a professional golfer. Sure, I'm a 14-handicap and I have no chance of making any tour--but it's my dream--and now you all get to pay for it.