Sitting in a crowded plane during peak Christmas travel season, I am reminded that just as the darkness will never overcome the light, so the chaos of the season will never overcome its true meaning. I am heading out to Texas to convince influential business, military and other conservative folks of the need to join the people of North Carolina and send a Green Beret, decorated combat veteran, and independent fighter to D.C. to defend our values. I still believe we need that.
Would I rather be doing this via video, spending my time getting my new High Point home in order? Of course, I would. Would I rather be making phones calls and attending as many holiday events meeting new voters before the December 31 fundraising cut-off set by the FEC? Yes! But such are the requirements of this race, ever since I entered it in 2021. I do what must be done to deliver results for those who have put their confidence in me.
I Won’t Stop
I have not stopped working for a moment. And, here’s a little secret about me: I won’t stop. I have committed to the people of North Carolina’s 6th Congressional District. And I never quit on my commitments: Not when swampy opportunists challenge me. Not when inexplicable forces seem to arise to thwart the cause.
I am not a politician. I am a common-sense conservative from a middle-class family who wore uniforms – policemen, fire-fighters, soldiers. Immigrants who chose America and served for the ideals of liberty and justice for all. Men and women of the Greatest Generation instilled in me my ethos of hard work and selfless service. I still believe in God, Country, Family.
Despite opposition by the political elite and career-seekers, I still believe in the ideal of a life devoted to a cause bigger than self. I believed it through 14 hostile fire zones, including six combat tours. I believed it when my healthy preemie daughter was injured in the hospital and suffered life-long consequences.
In my career, I’ve spent many Christmases away from the warmth of family. Remember our military who are doing so this year. Remember and pray for peace in Israel and for the release of innocent lives being held captive in Gaza. Remember the people of Ukraine who are still suffering from war and corruption. I still believe we can stabilize this chaotic world through a return to God, first and foremost, but also a return to sane military, economic and border policies.
As I ponder the miraculous mercy and grace of God this Christmas season and consider the sacrifice Christ made to leave His position in Glory and become a vulnerable babe dressed in swaddling clothes and laid in a manger, Son of Man, Lamb of God, I still believe in peace on earth and good will toward men.
Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas and a healthy New Year.