Vote to reclaim our liberties

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Samuel Adams once wrote, “No people will tamely surrender their liberties, nor can any be easily subdued, when knowledge is diffused and virtue is preserved.

“On the contrary, when people are universally ignorant, and debauched in their manners, they will sink under their own weight without the aid of foreign invaders.”

It was true in 1775, and I believe it is no less true in 235 years later.

As America approaches the mid-term elections, we have a civic obligation to become better informed, more engaged and participate in the election process. 

I am encouraged, because I have seen so many of you at rallies in support of the Americans for Prosperity and the Spending Revolt bus tours across Southwest Virginia.

I have seen an outpouring of support from the people who have become fed up with politics as usual and are ready to take back their country.

Many Americans have spoken out in disgust, because they feel no one in Washington is listening to them. We are tired of bailouts and deficit spending by politicians which has indebted us, our children, and our grandchildren.

As an elected official, I am keenly aware that an out of control government can take away the liberties that our forefathers struggled to secure.

The purpose of government is to serve the people and be responsive to our needs not those of lobbyists or political parties.

I hope we see real change take place in America on Election Day, where “we, the people” are once again in control of the government.

For too long, we have watched our spending increase, our deficits grow, and government programs expand.

We must remember the words of President Gerald Ford when he said, “…a government big enough to give you everything you want is a government big enough to take from you everything you have.”

Let freedom ring this November; may we reclaim the liberties granted to us by God. And, let no man or woman take them away from us because we failed to take a stand at the ballot box.

Del. Bill Carrico