Originally Published September 1, 2011
HORN TO NHGOP: TIME TO FOCUS
The New Hampshire Republican Party is suffering some growing pains right now. The tides are changing as conservatives are not only making their voices heard, but accomplishing measurable electoral success. Unfortunately, as is often the case when any organization goes through structural change, the NHGOP is facing some difficult adjustments as new people come to the party with new ideas.
The contributions of life long Republicans however, can not be dismissed. In New Hampshire, it was the combined efforts of new liberty Republicans and long-time dedicated, principled GOP activists that led to widespread Republican successes in 2010.
Liberty, freedom, individual rights, unlimited opportunity: these are the founding principles of our great nation and they are the building blocks of the Republican platform. A burning desire to return our nation to these principles lit the fire for a nationwide populace movement that inspired millions of Americans to reclaim their authority in our democratic process.
Ultimately these values are neither Republican nor tea party alone - they are American principles and the fight to preserve them for future generations is both a noble and worthy one. Those who take on this battle under any banner should be natural allies in the fight.
Freedom and unlimited opportunity can not flourish under a government that believes it knows better than you how you should live your life, invest your earnings and raise your family.
In New Hampshire, Gov. John Lynch is the embodiment of anti-opportunity policy. Granite State families can not afford another term of the failed leadership of John Lynch. His policies led us to one of the largest deficits in our state's history, creating a debt that we are all now scrambling to pay off before we pass it on to our children.
After four terms in office, John Lynch still has not presented a viable plan for education funding, NH ranks in the top five states for unfunded pension liability, and the Governor spent much of the last legislative session signing the repeal of legislation he previously championed.
We face similar, if not much greater, assaults on freedom and opportunity at the federal level as President Obama marches ever forward with his trillion dollar deficits, 9.2% unemployment, youth unemployment at it's highest levels since 1948, the first downgrade of American credit in the history of our nation and consumer confidence at it's lowest level since Jimmy Carter.
The Obama economy has destroyed 2.2 million jobs, home values are worth approximately one third less than five years ago, and in two and a half years he has increased our nation's debt by four trillion dollars. The unconstitutional Obamacare will add trillions of dollars in debt and make healthcare more expensive and less accessible.
This is the battle we face. These are the challenges we must overcome. Here in the Granite State, in addition to choosing the next Governor of our great state, we have the responsibility of seriously vetting the candidates and starting our nation on the path to choosing the next leader of the free world.