And It’s On
January 20, 2010 4 Comments
If you had asked me a year ago to describe the state of the union, I would have quickly replied “doom and gloom.” The America I knew and loved had just sworn in a no-name, sweet talking uber liberal to the office of the President. THE PRESIDENT? That’s it, I thought, it’s over. America has gone so far left, there is no turning back. It was time to dig my head in the sand and pray for a miracle. And that’s what I did, quite literally. I turned off talk radio, traded Fox News for Mickey Mouse’s Clubhouse (I have kids, I promise), and refused to visit any website that wasn’t related to entertainment news. You could say, I’d lost hope.
Thankfully, Obama and I have something in common; we underestimated the power of the American people. Within 90 days of his inauguration, I could tell the tide was turning. Slowly, I cracked open one eye, just to see if the world was still standing. Not only was it still there, but there were these people, these normal, everyday people, speaking out. Granted they weren’t being heard yet, but it was enough to convince me that there was still hope for my America. Suddenly, my eyes sprung open, wider than ever. And I was ready for a fight.
Fast forward to last night. As Betsy and I walked into the MDGOP headquarters in Annapolis last night, I was overwhelmed by the amount of people crowded into such a small space. You would think it was election night in Maryland. But it wasn’t, not a single one of us had voted that day. And yet, there we were clinging to the small TV in the corner, hanging on every single update. “50% of the precincts reporting and we’re up 7%,” yelled Andy Harris across the room. Shouts and applause. “62% reporting and we’re still up by 7” More shouts. More applause. Betsy and I knew not a single person in that room, but suddenly we were all friends. The energy was igniting, contagious. Finally, the moment came, the AP has called the election for Scott Brown. History has been made, and we all felt like we were part of it. I can guarantee you that each one of us in that room last night walked away thinking, we can do this thing. In the words of my favorite comedian, Larry the Cable Guy, “Git er done.”
A heavily Blue state, bluer than Maryland, has just elected it’s first Republican senator in 7 decades. Whoa, that’s huge! So what does it mean for us? It means it’s time for us all to pull our heads out of the sand and send a message. No one is safe, not even Barbara Mikulski, Elijah Cummings, or Steny Hoyer (GO LOLLAR). If there was ever a time to take a chance, to get involved, to make a difference, it’s NOW. We’ve got a shot to make some significant changes, to make Maryland more PURPLE than blue. As Audrey Scott, Chairman of the Maryland Republican Party, said last night, “We’re taking back our state.” Amen sister, preach it.
Most likely, Ehrlich will run. He’d be stupid not to. And if you just take a second and look around, you’ll find that we’re surrounded by outstanding candidates; people who three months ago might not have had much of a shot. However, with momentum building from VA, NJ, and now, MA, combined with the right resources we could get these people into office. Within the PVRC, we have three amazing candidates, Steve Whisler, Al Nalley, and Dave Aughenbaugh, and it’s our job to get them elected. It’s not going to be easy. It’s going to take time, effort, and lots and lots of money. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, it’s us against the MACHINE.
No longer can you sit back and think, “Oh, isn’t it great what those people are doing? But I can’t get involved right now.” If you have time to complain about the status quot, you have time to write a letter to your elected officials, telling them to be afraid, be very afraid. If you have time to debate with liberal friends, then you have time to click on a paypal link and make a donation to a campaign, the Maryland Republican Party, or both. If you have time to throw your unmatched socks at the TV when Obama interrupts your regularly scheduled programming to spew his socialist propaganda, then you have time visit a candidate’s site and ask what you can do to help. Now is the time, peeps. Now is the time.
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