Monday, February 18, 2008

Republican for a reason ... not going "back to the future"

I am Republican for a reason. I took the values and principles of the Party to heart because they are what I believe and they are what I live.

The Virginia Republican Creed says:
We Believe....

That the free enterprise system is the most productive supplier of human needs and economic justice.

That all individuals are entitled to equal rights, justice and opportunities and should assume their responsibilities as citizens in a free society.

That fiscal responsibility and budgetary restraints must be exercised at all levels of government.

That the Federal Government must preserve individual liberty by observing constitutional limitations. That peace is best preserved through a strong national defense.

That faith in God, as recognized by our Founding Fathers, is essential to the moral fibre of the Nation.
Those beliefs became stronger after our nation was attacked on 9/11/01. It touched me personally in a way that strengthened my resolve to work for good government representation to provide strong national defense for our country.

For a short while after 9/11, we were all Americans. Then the partisanship took over and the greedy need for power consumed.

Even within my own Party I see "politics as usual" amongst long-time public servants who are stuck in the past and cannot adjust to changing times.

And times are changing. This is not the Republican Party of 20 and 30 years ago. We face different challenges than they did in those days. We cannot stay stuck in time by going back to the future.

We face terrorism, first and foremost. People want to kill us simply because we are not like them. That, in and of itself, should pull us together as a nation. But it doesn't.

We face a Democrat party that wants to have a repeat of the Vietnam War -- again going "back to the future" -- by causing defeat here on the homefront through the media and anti-war rallies. They want to withdraw our troops in defeat instead of letting them complete their mission. There are many of us who stand up for our military and publicly hold rallies to show our support for our troops and our President.

We face a Democrat party that wants to take us in the direction of socialism. Health care for all, impose laws on personal freedom, take away the individual drive to do better.... Socialism has not worked around the world but a free Republic such as the United States has.

Why am I a volunteer in politics?

I did not do this to go along to get along. When I disagree with my public officials, whether they be Republican or Democrat, I speak up. That is the way of America, and I know I will not be thrown in jail if I do not agree with those in power.

"Those in power" should listen to the people. It is when they lose touch and refuse to communicate -- when they get caught up in the power rush and the frills and perks of having "honorable" listed in front of their names -- that they forget where they came from.

In a community that is changing on a daily basis, there is change in the air politically as well as the changing dynamics of new folks moving into the Valley. In an area that has been predominantly Republican for years, Democrats are becoming energized and targeting Republican office holders.

Many of those Republican office holders have been there for years. Have they lost touch? Are they living in the past instead of changing with the times?

Are they welcoming to newcomers who move to the area? We are encourged to be a "big tent" but that tent needs to also include people who were not born and raised in this area.

That big tent needs to include conservatives as well as moderates and, yet, the conservatives are constantly admonished and challenged for holding their beliefs. If we look closely enough, those conservatives basically hold the same beliefs as the "moderates." But the moderates have been here longer....

Working the grassroots the past eight years has been eye-opening in that many of the young people in the Valley are more conservative than the older generation. They believe in God; they believe in personal responsibility; they believe in strong defense of our country; they believe in lower taxes and responsible spending.

That is the future. That is not going "back to the future."

Change is in the air, not just for Republicans, but for the Democrats who are now tearing each other up with those in the camps of Senator Clinton and Senator Obama going after each other in a vicious way. The way things are going, there could be chaos at the Democrat convention this summer.

These are unsettled political times in America. It is more important than ever to remain involved in the political process.

I am Republican for a reason ... my beliefs in responsible government, my children's future, my love of country, my belief in God, and my deep appreciation of the men and women who protect us at a time of war.

I truly mean it when I say, "May God bless America."

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