While at the 117th McKinley Day Celebration on Thursday, U.S. Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler encouraged Republicans throughout Pettis County and others from across the state to restore the walls and repair the foundations of the government and the United States.
Hartzler, who was met with a standing ovation, told the more than 175 guests at the dinner that now is a pivotal time in American government and it is vital for the Republican Party to unite and work together to elect Republican candidates on both a local and national level.
“We are known as the Grand Old Party,” Hartzler said. “We now have the opportunity to rebrand ourselves to become the growth and opportunity party.”
“We need to have a shared mission to ensure we retain control of the House and the Senate, and retake the White House,” Hartzler told the Democrat prior to her speech. “The best way we can do that is to implement and support the mission; it’s a pivotal time and we need to get it right.”
Hartzler used the analogy of a hammer to illustrate her point.
“I wanted to give you all a hammer,” Hartzler said. “Because they can be used to tear things down but rather than do that, we as Republicans want to use them to build things up.
“Sometimes we face opposition for our beliefs, but they are vital to us all,” she added. “We are a Christian nation, founded by Christians and are a people of faith who are coming under attack.”
Hartzler said the founding principles of the Constitution were one of the areas she considers needs to be repaired.
According to Hartzler, the First Amendment is continually coming under attack in America and she pledged to continue to speak out in support of First Amendment rights.
“Our freedoms are non-negotiable and we must not allow others to bulldoze the constitution,” Hartzler said. “All of the executive actions President Obama has signed into effect, a Republican president can undo as soon as he takes office.
“I also feel passionate that it is vitally important that the next president appoint a constitutional conservative to the Supreme Court,” Hartzler added.
Hartzler commented there are several priorities to be repaired in America including the protection of America’s military, the borders must be secured from outside threats and the support of local law enforcement must be restored.
“We must work to repair and strengthen our faith in God and in families,” Hartzler said, “All of us must also work to protect the freedoms and the documents including the Constitution that made our country great.”
“I am honored to serve the citizens of the Fourth District because there are so many positive things happening here,” Hartzler said prior to her speech. “Not only do we have a thriving economy here, but the assets of the State Fair and Whiteman (Air Force Base) and SFCC make me proud to represent this district.”
The pride in representing Pettis County and wishing to serve the citizens of the area was a common theme throughout the evening.
Each incumbent office holder who was in attendance and candidates or their representatives seeking office were given three minutes to describe the reasons they wished to be elected.
“I am so energized to see so many people actively participating in the political process this year,” said Carla Young, Pettis County Republican Chairperson. “I think this election so many more people are realizing that they have the opportunity to get involved if they want to and that the choices they make and the votes they cast do matter.”
Hartzler had similar comments prior to her speech.
“The voters of Missouri have spoken earlier this month in the primary,” Hartzler said. “Now it is up to the individual states to choose the eventual nominee. The process is working and I am confident that we can come together as a party to win the elections.
“The contrast between the Republicans and Democrats is simply too vast,” she added. “The key question is, ‘Is the government the solution or are the people the answer?’
“It is time to remove all of the government regulations that have been imposed on the American people by the Democrats,” Hartzler continued. “If given the choice, I side with the people every time.”
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