The ONE Vote '08 Can Make A Difference
By Jack Oliver Posted in 2008 — Comments (27) / Email this page » / Leave a comment »
Editorial Note by Erick: Jack Oliver is the Co-Chairman of the ONE Campaign.
Thank you for allowing me to address the RedState community regarding this exciting and critically important campaign – ONE Vote ’08. ONE Vote '08 is an unprecedented, non-partisan campaign to make global health and extreme poverty priorities in the foreign policy platform of the 2008 presidential election.
The next President will take office in a time of great hope: in this decade, there are effective and affordable solutions that save lives. AIDS drugs now cost as little as $1 a day in some places. $5 bed nets can keep less fortunte children from dying from simple mosquito bites. On a recent trip to Rwanda and Tanzania over the last two weeks – I witnessed the power of our dollar at work. From Malaria clinics, natal care centers, and primary schools in Tanzania to hospital visits and house-call appointments with patients in Rwanda – there was no doubt in my mind that every dollar counts. But, yet, it was also very clear that there is a long way to go to combat disease and poverty in countries less fortunate than ours.
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With the force of more than 2 million members from all 50 states and a coalition of more than 100 non-profit, religious and charitable groups, ONE Vote '08 can make a difference. ONE Vote ’08 will educate and mobilize voters to ensure that the next American president is committed to using "smart" power to end global poverty and keep America strong. President Bush set a great precedent in this regard by creating the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). Since PEPFAR began, the program has been a proven success, allowing 1.1 million people living with AIDS in the world’s poorest countries to receive lifesaving anti-retroviral therapy. Recognizing that there is still work to be done and lives to be saved, President Bush recently proposed that the United States double the amount it devotes to PEPFAR from $15 billion to $30 billion.
The next American president will be defined by global leadership. ONE Vote ’08 will show every presidential candidate that millions of people will be thinking about the world’s poorest people when casting a vote for the next president. This is not a Democrat or Republican issue – this is a human issue. Already, more than 2 million people – from all 50 states and from every walk of life - have added their voices to ONE by visiting www.ONE.org.
All my adult life I’ve set and worked toward aggressive but achievable goals. That’s why I’m so excited to be involved with ONE Vote ’08. The goals of this campaign are simple, direct and achievable:
1. Save 16,000 lives a day by fighting HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria, three of the world's most devastating diseases.
2. Prevent 5.4 million young children from dying each year from poverty-related illnesses and 400,000 women from dying in childbirth each year.
3. Provide free access to primary education for 77 million out-of-school children with a special emphasis on girls.
4. Improve the living conditions of vulnerable populations by, for example, providing access to clean water for 450 million people and basic sanitation to more than 700 million people.
5. Reduce by half the number of people in the world who suffer from hunger, resulting in 300 million less hungry people each year.
We all agree that these critical steps need to be taken – Republican and Democrat alike. I want my kids, Kate and Henry, to grow up in a better, safer world. Helping those that need it most not only sets an example I want my family to see - it also save lives and in a roundabout way increases our security here at home. Making my children safer by helping others, well that’s good sense, not just good politics."