I am proud to be an American. I am proud of our ideal of American Exceptionalism. No country in the history of the world has entered into war, been successful and left the battle not gaining land. Our country is the only one that has ever rebuilt the homelands of the defeated, provided aid to those same countries which faced us in war. I am proud of this being the land of the free and the home of the brave. Though not perfect in practice, the American ideal has been a standard of hope and example of freedom for the world.
This ideal of personal liberty, freedom and the right work to attain the American dream brought people from all over the world who cherished personal liberty and accountability.
I believe the dream is not dead. We have slid down a path of apathy, at times have not been vigilant in defending the values and ideals set forth by our founders, there is hope.
Citizens own the power to preserve the greatness of our state and our nation. The tools are the power of representation, to vote. Given to us by our Creator protected by the Constitution. It is our responsibility to know how to protect and claim those liberties that many have given their all to secure and protect. This is our country, our heritage. As Justice Scalia stated, “You are 50 sovereign states, start acting like it.”
We have issues in our great state, land use and management, water, health insurance and the education of our youth. The resources are available. Capitalism works. A market driven system insures that the needs of the consumer are best met, providers of services and goods are continually challenged and financially rewarded to provide the best choices at competitive prices.
This system allowed for the growth of the greatest economy and standard of living ever known on this planet.
This November 8th, we will be participating in one of the most unique elections in generations. It will be important to elect representatives that will stand for our rights as a state, those who will uphold their oath of office: “I do solemnly swear (or affirm,) that I will support the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of Idaho, and that I will faithfully discharge the duties of (office) according to the best of my ability.”
We live in the greatest country in the world. The citizens of Idaho, are the good solid people that settled the West. I ask for your vote on November 8th. It will be an honor to serve you.