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Las Vegas businessman Sam Gladstein is fed up with corruption and political posturing in Washington while the government – and the cost of maintaining it – grows out of control.
So the 48-year-old husband and father of three recalled his experience as a former audio engineer and expressed his frustration the only way that felt right: by creating a song, a song he now hopes will become the anthem of the critical 2012 election.
The country-flavored tune “This Is Our America” challenges Americans to rise up and demand their elected representatives remember who’s boss: the people.
“This is a call to all y’all to give it what you got,” the lyrics sing, “and remind them boys in Washington of the things that they forgot. They spin around and tell us all to take what they decide, but friends, it’s time we had our say and sang it aloud with pride: ‘This is our America!’”
Gladstein told WND he composed the first version of “This Is Our America” during incumbent Nevada Sen. Harry Reid’s 2010 reelection contest against tea-party flashpoint Sharron Angle.
“At the time, I was so frustrated with the state of politics in the U.S., and the Nevada race was the poster child for my frustration. The only way I knew how to say what was on my mind was through a song,” Gladstein said. “The rewrite [for 2012] came as a direct result of my continued frustration over the state of the nation – both sides of the fence.”
In fact, Gladstein, who describes himself as a political “centrist” and belongs to no political party, insists “This Is Our America” isn’t just a song for tea partiers, but also for Occupy enthusiasts and any patriot who recognizes the Washington Beltway culture acts as though it’s no longer accountable to the people.
“I am growing more and more concerned over the lack of cooperation between all political parties and the abject failure of our leaders to take a look at the real issue that this nation is facing – the potential failure of our financial system as we know it,” Gladstein told WND. “This country needs a leader who is willing to make tough budgetary decisions while bringing the people back together again.
“The majority of the American people don’t care who is right and who is left,” he continued. “We just want the system to be fixed.”
Gladstein enlisted the help of Nashville-based Beaird Music Group, Inc., to record a demo version of the song and is looking for a nationally known recording artist to re-cut the song to get its message out.
The demo version of “This Is Our America” can be heard below:
Gladstein told WND he is also working to catch the ear of the Republican Party, in hopes “This Is Our America” could be considered for use in the 2012 election campaign.
“‘This Is Our America’ is a call to the people to wake up and realize that the only way to see change is by changing the board of directors in the largest corporation in the United States – the United States government,” Gladstein told WND. “It’s not about revolution or marching in the streets; it’s about voting for the future of the United States.
“I want to see our country once again respected as a world leader and to lead by example,” he continued. “In my opinion, even with its faults, our system of government is the best in the world and needs to be preserved. But we (the American people) can’t rest on our laurels and believe that our system of government is infallible. We are not too big to fail.
“I truly hope that this song will serve as an anthem for the American people going into the next election,” he concluded. “I pray for the American people to look into their hearts and vote for real change at all levels of government, local to federal. This is our America and ‘We the People’ need to steer it back on course.”