Winning On The American Idea
The American Idea was best described by a name many of us remember well, former Congressman and Presidential candidate Jack Kemp. When you have a chance, read Jack Kemp’s 1996 acceptance speech for the vice-presidential nomination in San Diego, California. His message is one I never forget and one that needs to be remembered as we go into battle for the heart and soul of America.
We should remember his words when we take our conservative message from the suburbs of New Jersey to Los barrios of East LA to the hallways of every legislative building across the country. In the battle of ideas, Republicans win. We, as conservatives, need to remember that the fight for freedom never ends.
This American idea is one many of us have lived and passed along to our children over generations. Many Hispanic families have deep roots in states across this great nation and have lived and fought for the American idea, a great example can be found in South Texas. Many families have also immigrated on the idea that the American dream is a beacon of hope beyond our shores.
We, The People need to remember that the fight to remain free is a battle that never ends. Liberty is in itself a principle our founding fathers crafted carefully into our US Constitution. This idea of limited government is our way of ensuring freedom stays with the people. This is why electing public servants that embrace the idea that freedom and liberty are our most important fight are vital to keeping the American idea alive.
Let us always remember that the fabric of America can be seen in every American family, in every American dream, and in every American city. The fabric of America is important to remember in months like Hispanic Heritage Month and so forth because the idea is to make sure we have a tribute to the Latino voices of our nation and to everyone who makes it everything it is. That is our mission here at RNHA.
America is not just a place or a destination, America is an idea and we should remember that the weight that every person has in keeping that alive. Each of us should help to ensure that the value of freedom and liberty is one we should protect above all else. This fight to keep the government out of the everyday lives of people is a battle always worth fighting for. It keeps the power with We, The People, and is exactly what Reagan meant when he mentioned that limited government is always the end goal.
We can never forget the immortal words of Ronald Reagan, the great communicator of our time, “Liberty depends not upon the state but upon the people.” May we never forget that the American idea is that beacon of hope for the world. That beacon that is protected by Americans like you and me, Americans from every walk of life. Latinos and Latinas — my call to you is to join our fight in the political arena. We have been a part of the American fabric and have our place in history but we need to stand up now more than ever.
Our message of faith, family and freedom resonates with more than just hispanics — it resonates with every American family and is one that the Republican National Hispanic Assembly understands is more than just a message — it is a way of life. How do we keep winning on the American idea? We find those that live the American idea and that are willing to be personal advocates from sea to shining sea. Join us.