On Tuesday, November 7, Americans will go to the polls to elect a new House of Representatives. One third of the Senate is also up for reelection.

Many of us believe that it's time for a new direction in America. The situation in Iraq continues to worsen. Health care costs are skyrocketing. 48 million Americans do not have health insurance. Our nation's bridges and roads are in need of a major overhaul, and our public schools in the inner cities are in disrepair.

Historically, the United States has been viewed by the rest of the world as a beacon of fairness and truth. But today a large part of the world no longer sees the U.S. as the shining city on the hill, as the standard bearer of decency, truth, fairness, and justice.  Today a disturbing number of people view the U.S. as a nation that violates human rights and the rule of law in the world. They recall the prisoner abuse scandal in Iraq and people being detained at Guantanamo indefinitely. They are told of illegal wiretaps at home and renditions abroad where terror suspects are taken off the streets, held in secret prisons, and sent to foreign countries whose human rights records are bad. They read about a United States that has substituted military might in place of diplomacy.

I believe that these are the issues that will resonate in voters' minds as they head to the polls next Tuesday. Americans want good and honest governance. They want a government that reflects the needs and aspirations of all Americans, not just a select few. And they want a government that will tell them the truth and keep them informed when they place brave young men and women in harm's way.