Today, we are here to declare our interdependence. Today, we hold this truth to be self-evident: we are all in this together.
I go to the G8 with an agenda that I think is best for our country.
And that, O globally-minded American, is what you need to change. As long as the Bush believes that he should be getting the best deal for you and your country, the planet will continue to heat up and the world’s poor will be unable to trade their way out of poverty. It is clearly in your best interests, within George Bush’s political lifetime, to continue to pollute the atmosphere and to keep protectionist trade barriers.
And don’t fool yourself, O American – there are no long-term win-wins here. A better deal for the global poor does mean a worse deal for you. Yes, some of your countrymen may not have a big-screen TV and air conditioning. Fellow human beings in Africa are dying of hunger and preventable disease at the rate of one every three seconds. Get some perspective.
No politician will ever adopt such an unselfish position unless he’s absolutely stone-cold certain that it’s the will of the people. And so, for the good of the world, you need to make your voice heard loudly and persistently. Today, the 4th of July, declare your interdependence and demand from your political leaders carbon controls, trade justice, and the best deal for humanity.