Sestak Talks American Values
The retired Admiral then described how America has always been an exceptional nation because of its “shared investment of collective resources.” He elaborated, calling this American ideal a “collective ladder.” Sestak asserted that when an American succeeds, he should give back to the community, which would enable others to succeed as well. This would then allow the youth population to continue and thrive in the American tradition of innovation, Sestak commented.
During the lecture Sestak also addressed the issue of accountability in American politics. He stated that America needs to have people that are “both honest and accountable” leading the country. Again, Sestak called upon his military experience to offer a critique of the present political situation. In the military, Sestak explained, a high ranking official faces penalties or demotion for causing his or her ship to run aground. When a politician fails, he or she is allowed to continue with no repercussions.
The students who attended the conference were eager to ask questions and were excited to have an open discussion with such a high profile individual. Catie Duckworth ’14 of the College Democrats was thrilled to have Sestak speak on campus. “I believe that we need more politicians like Sestak in our country. He is a people-oriented, constituent-driven politician who really cares about turning around the country and working on the issues we are facing,” Duckworth said.