“It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat.” ~Teddy Roosevelt
Throughout the past few months, I have had the honor and the privilege of volunteering for the 9th district Congressional campaign of Jim Pendergraph, a man who is not only a proven leader, but one of true integrity and virtue as well. Together, with the help of an excellent campaign team, we made progress on getting the word out on his message of limited government and personal responsibility, virtues that embody the vision of our Founding Fathers. It is only a shame that his message did not resonate with the majority of his constituency, resulting in the victory of the pro-Establishment “Republican” Robert Pittenger, who embodies ideals that favor political corruption. It’s simply tragic that dirty campaigning is so effective and that elections can still be bought.
In spite of this crushing defeat, however, I have faith in the reawakening of the limited government Conservatism that made America great and truly exceptional. Jim Pendergraph’s message is only the beginning and is by no means the last of it. In recent years, the Washington Establishment has grown more hostile towards the grassroots efforts of the Tea Party and other staunch Conservatives who want to take the government back for the people. We are making a bigger impact than they (the Establishment) are willing to admit, but they cannot stop us. We sent a message to Washington back in November of 2010 that we were no longer putting up with the discourse of “politics as usual” and that we wanted a truly limited government that met the restraints of our Constitution.
This single defeat will not stop us nor quell our overall success. We, the Tea Party, are here to stay and will continue to fight Establishment candidates like Pittenger. Thank you Jim Pendergraph for your admirable run for Congress, thanks to your wife Lori for boldly standing by your side every step of the way, and thanks to the campaign team that made the efforts possible. I feel the deepest gratitude to all of you for your dedication and hard work.
God bless you all!
By Jennifer Mauney
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