Happy Labor Day-From Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power & Howard Schultz, Starbucks CEO

Welcome to Coffee Hour @Chicklit Power and thanks for coming by! I hope you are having a wonderful weekend and creating memories that squeeze your heart with smiles in the days ahead. Happy Labor Day to all of you! I received this message in my email the other day and I thought this was the perfect day to pass it on to you. It’s a great “Coffee Hour” message from the coffee man himself, Howard Schultz, and I had to share.

I love our country. And I am a beneficiary of the promise of America. But today, I am very concerned that at times I do not recognize the America that I love.

Like so many of you, I am deeply disappointed by the pervasive failure of leadership in Washington. And also like you, I am frustrated by our political leaders’ steadfast refusal to recognize that, for every day they perpetuate partisan conflict and put ideology over country, America and Americans suffer from the combined effects of paralysis and uncertainty. Americans can’t find jobs. Small businesses can’t get credit. And the fracturing of consumer confidence continues.

We are better than this.

Three weeks ago, I asked fellow business leaders to join me in urging the President and the Congress to put an end to partisan gridlock and, in its place, to set in motion an upward spiral of confidence. More than 100 business leaders representing American companies – large and small – joined me in signing a two-part pledge:

First, to withhold political campaign contributions until a transparent, comprehensive, bipartisan debt-and-deficit package is reached that honestly, and fairly, sets America on a path to long-term financial health and security. Second, to do all we can to break the cycle of economic uncertainty that grips our country by committing to accelerate investment in jobs and hiring.

In the weeks since then, I have been overwhelmed by the heartfelt stories of Americans from across the country, sharing their anguish over losing hope in the strongest and most galvanizing force of all – the American Dream. Some feel they have no voice. Others feel they no longer matter. And many feel they have been left behind.

We cannot let this stand.

Please join other concerned Americans and me on a national call-in conversation on Tuesday September 6th hosted by “No Labels,” a nonpartisan organization dedicated to fostering cooperative and more effective government. To learn more about the forum and the pledges, visit www.upwardspiral2011.org

America is at a fragile and critical moment in its history. We must restore hope in the American Dream. We must celebrate all that America stands for around the world. And while our Founding Fathers recognized the constructive value of political debate, we must send the message to today’s elected officials in a civil, respectful voice they hear and understand, that the time to put citizenship ahead of partisanship is now.

Yours is the voice that can help ignite the contagious upward spiral of confidence that our country desperately needs.

With great respect,

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I hope you enjoyed that! I love the way he expresses himself! Oh, to write like that! 🙂

Blessings

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7 Responses to “Happy Labor Day-From Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power & Howard Schultz, Starbucks CEO”

  1. Gail says:

    I got this in my email also and was very pleasantly surprised. I’m so glad you shared it on your blog today! Blessings my friend!

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  7. admin says:

    Joshua, Thanks for stopping by.
    Blessings,
    Evinda