Thank you all for electing me as times editor once again.
Tonight, more than 5 years after the first times editor won the right to determine this newspaper's own destiny, the task of perfecting our news source moves forward.
It moves forward because of you. It moves forward because you reaffirmed the spirit that has triumphed over misinformation and boredom, the spirit that has lifted this community from the depths of despair to the great heights of hope, the belief that while each of us will pursue our own individual dreams, we are a Gangster family and we rise or fall together as one community and as one people.
Tonight, in this election, you, the Gangster people, reminded us that while our road has been hard, while our journey has been long, we have picked ourselves up, we have fought our way back, and we know in our hearts that for the Gangster Nation Times, the best is yet to come.
I want to thank every Gangster who participated in this election, whether you voted for the very first time or waited in line for a very long time.
Whether you pounded the chat or picked up the messaging, whether you held an Obama sign or a Santhush sign, you made your voice heard and you made a difference.
I just spoke with Santhush and I congratulated him and his family on a hard-fought campaign.
We may have battled fiercely, but it’s only because we love Gangster Nation deeply and we care so strongly about its future. From CuckingFunt to DFAC to their boss OutLaw, the Tokyomafia family has chosen to give back to Gangster Nation through public service and that is the legacy that we honor and applaud tonight.
In the days ahead, I also look forward to sitting down with Santhush to talk about where we can work together to move this Gangster Nation times forward.
I want to thank my friend and partner of the last four days, Gangster Nation’s happy warrior, the best partner anybody could ever hope for, Fish.
To the best campaign team and volunteers in the history of GN, you guys are the best. The best ever. Some of you were new this time around, and some of you have been at my side since the very beginning.
But all of you are family. No matter what you do or where you go from here, you will carry the memory of the history we made together and you will have the life-long appreciation of a grateful times editor. Thank you for believing all the way, through every hill, through every valley. You lifted me up the whole way and I will always be grateful for everything that you’ve done and all the incredible work that you put in.
I know that time editor campaigns can sometimes seem small, even silly. And that provides plenty of fodder for the cynics that tell us that the times is nothing more than a contest of egos or the domain of special interests. But if you ever get the chance to talk to folks who turned out at our rallies and crowded along a rope line in a bomb defusal center, or saw folks working late in a campaign office in some tiny county far away from home, you’ll discover something else.
You’ll hear the determination in the voice of a young drug dealer who’s working his way to level 50 and wants to make sure every citizen has that same opportunity.
You’ll hear the pride in the voice of a con artist who’s going door to door because her brother recently discovered that the forums has a quote function.
You’ll hear the deep patriotism in the voice of an administrator whose working the computer late at night to make sure that no one who pays for credits in this game ever has to fight for a spot in a family after their old one gets wiped.
That’s why we do this. That’s what the times articles can be. That’s why elections matter. It’s not small, it’s big. It’s important. Democracy in a game of 1 thousand can be noisy and messy and complicated. We have our own opinions. Each of us has deeply held beliefs. And when we go through tough times, when we make big decisions as a game, it necessarily stirs passions, stirs up controversy.
That won’t change after tonight, and it shouldn’t. These arguments we have are a mark of our liberty. We can never forget that as we speak people in distant games are risking their lives right now just for a chance to argue about the issues that matter, the chance to cast their ballots like we did today.
But despite all our differences, most of us share certain hopes for Gangster Nation's future. We want our kids to grow up in a game where they have access to the best weapons and the best families.
A game that lives up to its legacy as the global leader in technology and discovery and innovation, with all the good features and new functions that follow.
We want our children to live in a game that isn’t burdened by debt, that isn’t weakened by idiocity, that isn’t threatened by the destructive power of a computer virus.
We want to pass on a game that’s safe and respected and admired around the world, a game that is defended by the strongest firewalls on earth and the best owners this -- this world has ever known.
But also a game that moves with confidence beyond this time of war, to shape a peace that is built on the promise of freedom and dignity for every human being. We believe in a generous Gangster Nation, in a compassionate Gangster Nation, in a tolerant Gangster Nation, open to the dreams of an immigrant’s daughter who studies in our schools and pledges to our flag.
To the young boy on the south side of Chicago who sees a life beyond the nearest street corner.
To the furniture worker’s child in North Carolina who wants to become a drug dealer or a VIP member, a boxing champion or a scam artist, a picture maker or even a family boss -- that’s the future we hope for. That’s the vision we share. That’s where we need to go -- forward.
That’s where we need to go.
Now, we will disagree, sometimes fiercely, about how to get there. As it has for more than two months, progress will come in fits and starts. It’s not always a straight line. It’s not always a smooth path.
By itself, the recognition that we have common hopes and dreams won’t end all the gridlock or solve all our problems or substitute for the painstaking work of building consensus and making the difficult compromises needed to move this game forward. But that common bond is where we must begin. Our economy is recovering. A decade of misinformation is ending. A long campaign is now over.
And whether I earned your vote or not, I have listened to you, I have learned from you, and you’ve made me a better times editor. And with your stories and your struggles, I return to the editor panel more determined and more inspired than ever about the work there is to do and the future that lies ahead.
Tonight you voted for action, not assing around as usual.
You elected us to focus on your jobs, not ours. And in the coming hours and days, I am looking forward to reaching out and working with leaders of both parties to meet the challenges we can only solve together. Providing more information about war. Reforming our discussion forum. Fixing our referral system. Freeing ourselves from foreign advertisements. We’ve got more work to do.
But that doesn’t mean your work is done. The role of citizens in our Democracy does not end with your vote. Gangster Nation has never been about what can be done for us. It’s about what can be done by us together through the hard and frustrating, but necessary work of self-government. That’s the principle we were founded on.
This online game has more wealth than any other game, but that’s not what makes us rich. We have the most powerful owner in history, but that’s not what makes us strong. Our university, our culture are all the envy of the world, but that’s not what keeps the world coming to our shores.
What makes Gangster Nation exceptional are the bonds that hold together the most diverse game on earth.
The belief that our destiny is shared; that this game only works when we accept certain obligations to one another and to future generations. The freedom which so many Gangsters have fought for and died for come with responsibilities as well as rights. And among those are love and charity and duty and patriotism. That’s what makes Gangster Nation great.
I am hopeful tonight because I’ve seen the spirit at work in GN. I’ve seen it in the family business whose owners would rather sell a blackjack table than raise family collections, and in the workers who would rather cut back their spending than see a friend lose a position.
I’ve seen it in the soldiers who reenlist after losing an account and in those stockers who charged up the stairs into darkness and danger because they knew there was a buddy behind them watching their back.
And I saw just the other day, in Cleveland, Ohio, where a father told the story of his 8-year-old daughter, whose long battle with haters nearly cost their family everything had it not been for auction house reform just a few months before the bullet stores were about to be cleaned straight out.
I had an opportunity to not just talk to the father, but meet this incredible daughter of his. And when he spoke to the crowd listening to that father’s story, every parent in that room had tears in their eyes, because we knew that little girl could be our own.
And I know that every Gangster wants her future to be just as bright. That’s who we are. That’s the online game I’m so proud to lead as your times editor.
And tonight, despite all the hardship we’ve been through, despite all the frustrations of the times, I’ve never been more hopeful about our future.
I have never been more hopeful about Gangster Nation. And I ask you to sustain that hope. I’m not talking about blind optimism, the kind of hope that just ignores the enormity of the tasks ahead or the roadblocks that stand in our path. I’m not talking about the wishful idealism that allows us to just sit on the sidelines or shirk from a fight.
I have always believed that hope is that stubborn thing inside us that insists, despite all the evidence to the contrary, that something better awaits us so long as we have the courage to keep reaching, to keep working, to keep fighting.
Gangster Nation, I believe we can build on the progress we’ve made and continue to fight for new functions and new opportunity and new security for the middle class. I believe we can keep the promise of our founders, the idea that if you’re willing to work hard, it doesn’t matter who you are or where you come from or what you look like or where you love. It doesn’t matter whether you’re black or white or Hispanic or Asian or Native American or young or old or rich or poor, able, disabled, gay or straight, you can make it here in Gangster Nation if you’re willing to try.
I believe we can seize this future together because we are not as divided as our game opinions suggests. We’re not as cynical as the pundits believe. We are greater than the sum of our individual ambitions, and we remain more than a collection of stockers and non stockers. We are and forever will be, Gangster Nation.
And together with your help and God’s grace we will continue our journey forward and remind the world just why it is that we play in the greatest Online Game on Earth.
Thank you, GN. God bless you. God bless these United States.