As much as people try to make the SWAC-GOP area struggles into something they are not, the fact is plain and simple: we stood up for what we believed in.
We are Republican for a reason.
We are the grassroots that the Republican Party of Virginia wants to grow. Guess what? We've grown the Party tremendously the past five-six years in the Staunton, Waynesboro, and Augusta County Units. We continue to be the reddest part of this Republican red state.
From little activity and little infrastructure ... to three active Units ... we have put blood, sweat, and tears into cultivating the grassroots in the central part of the Shenandoah Valley, building on what had been put there by those before us.
We believe in God and the original intent of the Founding Fathers as they struggled to build a foundation for this country with the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights.
We believe in the conservative principles of Ronald Reagan and stand by the tenets of the Virginia Republican Creed.
We believe in limited government which means our electeds need to spend judiciously, eliminate waste, and avoid burdening citizens with unnecessary taxes. We are not anti-tax ... we are responsible tax.
When we supported a candidate against Emmett Hanger, it was not because we did not like Emmett Hanger as a person. It was because he had strayed from the fiscal conservative values he had promised to abide by even as his constituents asked that he not vote for more taxes ... even as he made that promise ... and then as he broke that promise. He stood with the "Gang of Five" as they joined Democrat Governor Mark Warner in passing the largest tax increase in Virginia history.
We believe in country, in patriotic pride, in teaching our children the heritage and proud history of America. We believe in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance, reading from the Bible, and hands-on American government.
We believe in supporting our military, shaking their hands, and thanking them for their service to our country to keep us free from terrorism. We believe we should honor and grieve with the families of those who have given the ultimate sacrifice for our freedoms ... and never forgetting that sacrifice.
We believe in publicly showing our support for those who are halfway around the world serving in the War on Terrorism.
We believe in flying our American flags on a daily basis, not just on holidays. We believe in wearing flag and yellow ribbon lapel pins.
We believe in personal responsibility.
We believe in supporting the businessman who provides the jobs that allow us to live in a comfortable lifestyle. Abraham Lincoln once said, "I never got a job from a poor man." Government should not discourage citizens from owning and operating their own companies by over-taxing and over-regulating.
We believe in hard work, free enterprise, closed borders, legal immigrantion, and drilling for oil in ANWR. We should be independent when it comes to oil, and stop turning to Saudi Arabia, South America, and other countries for our petroleum needs.
We believe the Republican Party has lost its way the past several years by losing its identity, by running candidates who did not stand strong for conservative values, by trying to move to the center to avoid offending anyone. The only problem was ... they offended us, the conservatives, the ones who still believe we are Republican for a reason.
I love my country, my state, and the Shenandoah Valley. I want to see us be the best we can be.
May God bless America.