PHILADELPHIA, PA – Today in front of thousands of supporters on the lawn of Independence Hall, Presidential Candidate Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. made a historic announcement, declaring himself an independent candidate for President of the United States of America.
He joined his voice with all the people who are fed up and all the people who are hopeful, to make a new Declaration of Independence for our entire nation.
Today, he declared his independence from the corporations that have hijacked both parties and our government.
He declared independence from Wall Street, Big Tech, Big Pharma, Big Ag, the military contractors, and their lobbyists who now outnumber members of Congress 20 to 1.
He declared independence from the cynical elites who betray our hope and amplify our divisions.
In his speech, he noted it is painful to leave a party his family helped found, but he had concluded that there was no other choice in order to make real change for our country.
He declared independence “from the two political parties and the corrupt interests that dominate them, and the entire rigged system of rancor and rage, corruption and lies, that has turned government officials into indentured servants of their corporate bosses. If left unchecked, they will commoditize our air, water, food, labor, and children, and turn the American Dream into desperation and dust.”
He declared his independence from these corrupting powers because they are incompatible with the inalienable rights that our original Declaration of Independence invoked in 1776: life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
In his speech, he noted that the independence he is declaring is “more than being independent of the two existing parties. It is also independence from tribal thinking. It is to be free of the reflex of taking sides. Instead of ‘Which side are you on?’ it asks, What do you care about? What do your children need? What are your troubles? Who do you love? Because, our country is never going heal if the only formula is for one half of the population to beat the other in pitched battle.”
READ the prepared speech here.