Time To Get Off The Mat & Fight!

by Broward County Young Republicans President Nick Stone:

I recently stumbled upon some great debate footage from the C-Span vault. It was three Broward County Young Republicans, led by Broward’s favorite son and then-Broward YR President George LeMieux, debating against the Broward YDs on issues related to the 1996 election.

You might remember Republicans got badly beaten on Election Day that year, much like we did just last year. But somehow we picked ourselves up, dusted ourselves off, and went on to win future elections. It wasn’t easy, but it was necessary.

Nearly every day since our last election I’ve woken up reassuring myself that it was only a nightmare and we won. But we didn’t.

May I be straight forward with you for a moment? I took the last election results very hard. It was personal for me, just as I know it was personal for you. We knocked more doors, rang more phones, sent more mailers, waved more signs than I thought possible. We worked in every corner of Broward County and across the nation to set this country on a better course and we got walloped in many important races anyway.

It hurt then and it still hurts now. But it’s time to get up off the mat.

We are going to have our 1996s, our 2008s and 2012s occasionally. That’s how the pendulum of history works. But we cannot turn the wounds of those battles into excuses to sit on our hands the next time around.

The time has come to dust ourselves off, get our heads in the game and bring the fight to the Democrats.

Why should we wait on history to tell America that we are right on the issues?

Let’s bring our case to the people, starting right now. Let’s tell them our story, beginning today. Let’s have a conversation about the relationship between our people and our government. Let’s take it to them without hesitation.

As your President, I stood with you as voters delivered their verdict the last time around and shared your horrified astonishment. Now, it’s my job to pick us back up and get our team in fighting shape for upcoming political battles.

The other side isn’t waiting to build on their electoral wins and neither can we afford to wait to push the ball back across the 50 yard line. We get up and fight back today or we forfeit the next several election cycles. It is that important.

I leave you with some of the most inspiring campaign words I’ve ever heard spoken, by a candidate who knew defeat but stood up to fight anyway, if only because the times and the nation called upon him to lead.

Join me in heeding his wisdom in answering the call to proverbial arms – right here, right now. Let’s get on offense. Let’s win one for America the next time around.

Senator John McCain, RNC Acceptance Speech 2008:

My country saved me and I cannot forget it. And I will fight for her so long as I draw breath, so help me God.

Friends, if you find faults with our country, make it a better one.

If you are disappointed with the mistakes of government, join its ranks and work to correct them.

Enlist in our Armed Forces, become a teacher, enter the ministry, run for public office, feed a hungry child, teach an illiterate adult to lead. Comfort the afflicted. Defend the rights of the oppressed.

Our country will be the better and you will be the happier because nothing brings greater happiness in life than to serve a cause greater than yourself.

I’m goingto fight to make sure every American has every reason to thank God, asI thank him, that I’m an American, a proud citizen of the greatestcountry on Earth. And with hard work — with hard word, strong faith,and a little courage, great things are always within our reach.

Fight with me. Fight with me.

Fight for what’s right for our country. Fight for the ideals and character of a free people.

Fight for our children’s future. Fight for justice and opportunity for all.

Stand up to defend our country from its enemies. Stand up for eachother, for beautiful, blessed, bountiful America.

Stand up, stand up, stand up, and fight.

Nothing is inevitable here. We’re Americans, and we never give up.

We never quit.

We never hide from history. We make history.

Thank you, and God bless you, and God bless America.


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