On behalf of the more than one million Arizona Republicans, I’m especially honored to wish you and yours a very happy Independence Day!
President Abraham Lincoln, father of the Republican Party, was one of the most masterful writers and speakers of not only his generation but of all of American history. In a speech he gave in Edwardsville, Indiana in September of 1858, he spoke of the roots and foundation of America’s independence as well as any statesman has. He said:
“What constitutes the bulwark of our own liberty and independence? It is not our frowning battlements, our bristling sea coasts, our army and our navy. These are not our reliance against tyranny. . . Our reliance is in the love of liberty which God has planted in us. Our defense is in the spirit which prized liberty as the heritage of all men, in all lands, everywhere. Destroy this spirit and you have planted the seeds of despotism at your own doors. Familiarize yourselves with the chains of bondage and you prepare your own limbs to wear them. Accustomed to trample on the rights of others, you have lost the genius of your own independence and become the fit subjects of the first cunning tyrant who rises among you.”
Today, we are again in a struggle for our independence. This time, the tyranny we face comes not from across an ocean, but from within our own nation.
I cannot put it any more simply than this: government is broken. On this Independence Day, let us celebrate the herculean achievements of our forefathers, but then let us not allow them to have been in vain. As Arizona Republicans, let us unite around those candidates who can and will help us build a better system to create a better future for our children… a future in which they are independent and free, not just from foreign oppression, but of the growing debt of both national and state governments who cannot and will not live within their means.
On the one hand is a Democrat Party committed to increasing taxes, increasing the size of government, increasing the role of the elites and the establishment, increasing the power of unions, expanding the role and the reach of our bureaucracies, and making a system that functions for the lawyers and not for the people. Government has been allowed to become what we have always feared: a system that serves itself rather than the people.
On the other hand is our Arizona Republican Party, listening to the people, working to create real solutions to real problems. We cannot do it without your support. The choices could not be clearer… nor more important.
In your service,