For nearly three years now, under the leadership of President Barack Obama, we have seen a profoundly different ideology at work. It is an ideology that believes government needs to do far more than our founding fathers ever intended the federal government to do. That ideology has led to a stagnation of our economy, a reduction of liberty, the shackling of the free market, a lack of confidence in our future, and a state of affairs at home and abroad which can only be seen as having been one big step in the wrong direction which leaves us worse off now than we were three years ago.
Today’s Caucus is the first attempt to help our nation take a step in the right direction and the people of Iowa are given the chance to lead the way.
Like most Americans, Iowans may not find any of the candidates to be perfect. But our Constitution was never meant to achieve perfection. It was designed to preserve freedom and to prevent any state and federal authority from gaining the type of control over lives that would get in the way of our dreams and hopes. And that is what Iowans should keep in mind when they finally decide upon who they want to replace President Obama with.
While I find most all of the Republican candidates to be better equipped to lead our nation in the right direction then President Obama is, I have chosen Newt Gingrich as my first choice. In addition to having proven himself to be intellectually prepared to face the challenges of our nation, he has a proven record of reform and innovation and it is my belief that if we intend to turn this nation around, we need to do so with innovative reforms that will challenge the failures of the status quo and usher us in to a new era of strength, security, and prosperity. For it is obvious to me that the status quo is not working.
I am of the belief that while Newt is familiar with the inside of politics, he is a political outsider by nature and as such, I believe that he will challenge the political establishment more so than any other candidate in the race. And at the same time, I believe that Newt is a genuine conservative who shares the basic principles which make most of us Republicans. Like the others, he is not perfect, but he is promising.
But no matter what the people of Iowa decide, it is my greatest hope that they have taken advantage of the attention that they have received from the candidates. As the resident of a state that is one of the very last to have a say in the nomination process, I have not been afforded the attention from the candidates that most Iowans have. And I will not be afforded that type of attention. Which is why I truly hope Iowa republicans take this decision seriously. And it is also why I hope that Iowa Republicans do not ignore this responsibility by sitting at home on Tuesday night.
Given the election laws that govern the Iowa Caucuses, people who believe in a different kind of America than us will be afforded the chance to decide who they think should be our nominee and represent our beliefs. If too many Iowa Republicans do not take advantage of the responsibility given to them by not participating in the first in the nation caucus that they are blessed with, than the liberal ideology which we oppose and hope to defeat in November can consume our beliefs.
So if you are a Republican, if you are a conservative, do not shirk your responsibility and risk our one chance to defeat Barack Obama.
With that in mind, I am happy to provide you with this link to the Iowa GOP Caucus Locator.
If you you do not yet know where you need to go in order to vote in tonight’s caucus, go to it now, type in your address, and find that location. Then get yourself ready to go there and do your part in this most basic of American civic responsibilities.
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