With only three days away from the 5th Congressional District Convention here in Virginia, I’m anxiously anticipating my opportunity to vote for Tim Boyer. I just received an email this morning from him and his words have confirmed why I even bother getting involved in politics. Here it is:
“Dear Republican Friends,
I’m taking a little trip down Memory Lane today. Too often, politics becomes a struggle for power, a quest for titles or personal advancement. In seeking your vote for Fifth District chairman, I’m reminded of the words of my personal hero, President Reagan. He reminds me that the reason I’ve been involved in the political process since before I was old enough to vote myself, is not because I want to win an election, or hold a title. Rather, I understand that freedom is not free, and you and I must defend it. As my President said, ‘Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.’
“That’s why I decided to make this run. My three-year old daughter Cassidy and one-year old son Adam will live in the America that you and I create. And every day, government agencies create more pages of regulations telling them what they can and can’t do with their lives. Every day, the national debt expands by figures you and I can’t even comprehend. Every day, more people come across our borders illegally, to cash in on ever-expanding health, education and employment giveaways financed by American taxpayers. And it does’n’t seem to matter which party is in power, the trend never changes!
“That’s why, in this race, while I’m excited about the endorsements I’ve received from Republican leaders all over the Fifth District and the state, the endorsements that mean the most to me are the ones from the “little people” all over the district. So many of you in the grassroots, who make this party work, who share my frustration with Washington and Richmond Republicans, have added your “little” voices to this campaign. And your “little” voice, together with my own “little” voice, have joined to remind Washington and Richmond: In America, power comes from the bottom up. The government of this nation is a government of, by and for the PEOPLE. The values of Rocky Mount, Victoria, Stanardsville, Rustburg, Chase City, and countless other towns all over the district are still the values of the American people.
You have sent a clear message that our Republican brand has been tarnished by forgetting the Reagan legacy. You have sent the message that our party MUST return to basic, foundational principles on which our Founders built the greatest nation in history. As President Reagan said, ‘Government is not the solution to the problem, government IS the problem.’ You have sent the message that you are ready to move forward, to build something great with new leadership, but ever grounded in the timeless truths of liberty and freedom that President Reagan so eloquently called us to.
“So today I want to take the time to thank each one who has taken the time to care about this race, about the future of our party. I want to thank those who have joined our team, and ask others to join us. Together, as President Reagan used to say, America’s best days are ahead of us, not behind us. Let us each take up the task of preserving freedom for our children and their children. We owe them no less.
“God bless, and God bless America,
This was not a letter asking for my support, but rather a letter of thanks for my support. I have been emailing back and forth with Tim this week encouraging him in his campaign, and asking how I can help. While I’m certain this email went out to who knows how many people, I can tell you that this man “gets it”. He understands that it’s the “grassroots” that’s going to get this party back on track.
While he’s never indicated to me that he was a Huckabee supporter, I tell you, he sure acts like one. He is obviously a Reagan supporter, and unlike some other candidates in the presidential primary pool who liked to invoke President Reagan’s name, I believe Tim Boyer when he talks about fighting for our freedom. This man inspires me.
I’m sure many who read this may not even be a delegate to this convention, regardless, I hope you will pray for Tim Boyer and his family along with the countless other men & women who are stepping up to the plate to fight for our freedom in the political arena. We can make a difference in our country and it starts with folks like you and I…and Tim Boyer.