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Respecting the People, Respecting the Process

6.4.2010
Respecting the Will of the People; Respecting the Electoral Process

“...that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom--and that government of the people, by the people, for the people shall not perish from the earth.”
--President Abraham Lincoln
Gettysburg Address, Nov. 19th, 1863
A New Season Begins...
This past Tuesday, June 1st, marked the start of "nomination season" in the political world.  This is when candidates and campaign volunteers deploy across the state to knock on doors, talk to people in shopping malls and parking lots, and network with friends and neighbors to collect a prescribed number of verifiable signatures in order to be put on the ballot this fall.  It's time consuming, it's challenging, and it's daunting--but it's also a key first step in voicing YOUR opinion regarding who represents you in elected office.
Looking to the Future, Through the Past
Given the challenges our nation faces now with a prolonged recession, an increase in anti-American terrorist activity, an environmental disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, and fraud, waste, and abuse in nearly everything our government touches, it's easy to see how our future could look bleak.  American Exceptionalism is being threatened like never before and citizens--regardless of party--are standing up to demand better...to demand more from those they send to Washington.  Americans have a sense of Duty, Honor, and Country...and they know that these three words represent the only antidote to fraud, waste, and abuse--they know that those three words are the lifeblood of American Exceptionalism. 
This "nomination season" is the first chance for you to step up and actively participate in the electoral process.  Find candidates for all offices that you like and back them.  Make sure you know where they stand on the issues, understand their character and integrity, and sign their nomination papers if they are called by Duty, will lead with Honor, and vow to stand up for our Country.  That's the type of new leadership we need in Washington if we're going to defeat fraud, waste, and abuse...if we're ever to get past "politics as usual," or, as President Lincoln aspired, if "this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom--and that government of the people, by the people, for the people shall not perish from the earth." 
Yes, these are important times with important decisions that will impact the course our country takes for years...and you're the key to determining that direction.  This is YOUR time to make a difference...YOUR time to shape our future...YOUR time to stand and be counted...and I invite you to stand with me.  Together--and with Duty, Honor, and Country as our watchwords--we'll keep the torch of liberty lit for generations to come!
Duty. Honor. Country.
Dave
p.s. If you're interested in helping us gather nomination signatures, click here to send us an email requesting the form.  We'll email you a version back that you can duplicate and collect signatures in your neighborhood!
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