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Over this Holiday season I was asked a couple of times why I was a Republican.

Very simple, I replied. Our nation, The United States of America was designed as a republic. Just read the second paragraph of the Declaration of Independence: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it,…” We are a republic as described by the key words “…from the consent of the governed…” I firmly believe it is my duty to do whatever I am able to keep it so.

We start this new year, 2020, with the obligation to ensure that Donald J. Trump is re-elected to the job of President of the United States of America. President Trump was elected based on what he said he would do. The governed wanted these things done. He made, and has kept in spite of a recalcitrant congress, most of his promises. He has been the most effective president at both reigning in the excesses of past governments and creating an economy that has created jobs. A job is more than just an income; it is an opportunity to achieve dignity, to gain self-esteem from doing something productive.

We have been burdened by a “deep state,” comprised of agencies created by our legislative branch. These agencies are run by unelected bureaucrats who are not answerable to the people. This situation stands in stark contrast to “…the consent of the governed…” as stated in the Declaration. President Trump is the first president to openly recognize the stultifying effect on our Liberty such agencies have. His recognition is a danger to the left who want the power to control, without consent of the governed, our lives. They promise “safety,” for the price of our Liberty yet never deliver. We must forever remember Dr. Franklin’s admonition: “He who gives up Liberty for safety deserves neither.”

Our basic form of three branches of government was a brilliant solution to the many previous limiting forms of both a republic and a pure democracy. It has combined the best of both and provides the governed with both opportunity and obligation.

I do believe that this year, 2020, is a seminal turning point in our history. We were designed to be a self-governing nation. We have a governing body and a set of laws created to limit the bad behavior of some of us humans. The Constitution limits government power. Our foes are our fellow citizens, many of whom believe that a more powerful government can create laws and regulations that will overcome the limitations of human behavior.

From the Old Testament to today’s novels and movies the same basic human behaviors exist. Controlling bad behavior is up to each individual and will only be achieved when one suffers the consequences of bad behavior.

Self-inflicted harm belongs to the one harmed. Harm to another must have consequences to have any deterrent value.

As James Madison so succinctly said: “If men were angels no government would be necessary.”

Our government must also control itself and that is why we have elections, to replace those who do not control their overreaching ambitions.

Please join me in working to re-elect President Donald J. Trump in 2020.

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