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As I grew up, I was taught the qualities of a President.  Presidents were calm, compassionate, and thoughtful.  Presidents lead by example.  Presidents put the interest of the country above themselves.  Presidents sought a United States of America.

Above all, President offered a vision for a better America.  They wanted to part of the solution.

I don’t ever remember a President speaking recklessly every day.  I don’t remember Presidents bragging about their immoral conduct.  I don’t remember Presidents using the office to enrich themselves and their family.   I don’t remember waking up every day to words of division and rancor.

I don’t remember Presidents sucking the hope out of America every day. 

I am ready for a return to a calm, compassionate and thoughtful President.  I am ready for a President who will lead by example.  I am ready for a President who can bring the country together to work on American goals, not personal goals.

I heard that man speak.  His name is Joe Biden.  Biden wants to draw on the best of America.

Biden looked to the great builder of the American middle class: Frank Delano Roosevelt.  Roosevelt took office after the disastrous Presidency of Herbert Hoover. 

In 1933 FDR said, “So, first of all, let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is…fear itself — nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance.”

Fear and chaos once again have paralyzed the White House.  We are not advancing.  There are no plans for a better American.  There is no vision to overcome this discord.

In fact just the opposite is coming from the current occupant of the Oval Office.  Every day begins with name calling.   Every day starts with disparaging remarks against American medical professionals.  Every day starts with false accusations Foreign Service Officers.

I am ready for a return to calm, compassionate and thoughtful President. 

Biden knows we can rebuild America “with modern roads, bridges, highways, broadband, ports and airports as a new foundation for economic growth…. With child care and elder care that make it possible for parents to go to work and for the elderly to stay in their homes with dignity. With an immigration system that powers our economy and reflects our values. With newly empowered labor unions. With equal pay for women. With rising wages you can raise a family on. Yes, we’re going to do more than praise our essential workers. We’re finally going to pay them.” 

American can look to its past and make itself better.  That is the America I know and love.

Glenn Melancon

Grayson County Democratic Chair and the SDEC 30 Committee Man

As an “Army Brat” Glenn Melançon [pronounced Mel-LAWN-sawn] learned the value of public service. He was born in Heidelberg, Germany, on January 24, 1966, and is the youngest of four children. His parents, Yves “Buster” and Anna Mae Melançon, had committed to a career in the US military, Buster as a combat engineer and Anna Mae as a military wife. Their sacrifices and examples provided the foundation for Glenn’s firm belief that serving others can make the world better one day at a time.

Glenn and his wife Jackie moved to Sherman in 1995 after he completed a Ph.D. in History from Louisiana State University. He had accepted an appointment to teach history at Southeastern Oklahoma State University, while Jackie became a special education teacher at Denison ISD. They are proud of their two sons, Christopher and Alexandre. Christopher is following in his grandfather’s footsteps as a combat engineer. Alex attended Sherman High School where he enjoyed soccer and the University of Louisiana–Lafayette. He is now a proud member of the United States Airforce. While Glenn advanced in rank to become a Full Professor in July 2005, he made time to serve the local community. He served as the Cubmaster and Committee Chair for Pack 9, Wakefield Elementary School. He is also a volunteer at St. Mary’s Catholic Church.

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