I don't know who you are or where you live right now, but it's urgent that you show yourself immediately. You are needed front and center – right now.
If you still think America is the greatest, most promising and blessed nation on earth and feel no impulse to apologize for America, then you are the person I'm looking for.
If you believe our Government should serve the people honestly, responsibly, with accountability; if you believe there should be less and less Government interference in our lives; if you believe those who serve as elected representatives should not make a lifelong career out of it, then you're the person I'm looking for.
If you understand that freedom isn't free, that blood is often spilled to protect our nation and you do your absolute best to ensure that blood is never spilled in vain while still protecting this nation from harm, then you're the person I'm looking for.
If you value the sacrifice of those who serve in our military and make sure they are never regarded with disdain or disrespect when they return home from deployment; if you make sure their families are not forgotten while waiting at home for their loved one's return; if you make sure our heroes' needs are met when they come home wounded and scarred; if you remember the ones who gave their lives; then you're the person I'm looking for.
If you understand the real meaning of the Establishment Clause and not the phony interpretation that says all things religious must be banned from the public square, then you're the person I'm looking for.
If you understand the holy nature of human sexuality and want to halt the destructive misuse of sex, the objectification of people for selfish pleasure, and preserve the dignity of sexual relations as God intended, then you are the person I'm looking for.
If you understand the holiness of marriage between one man and one woman, essential to the foundation of the family and society, then you're the person I'm looking for.
If you insist that human life begins at conception, is sacred and loved by God; that the child in the womb is indeed a child, our neighbor, our fellow citizen whose rights are not less than our own; if you refuse to compromise your steadfast commitment to protect the unborn, and the disabled and elderly and terminally ill, no matter the cost, then you're the person I'm looking for.
If you are faithful in your own marriage and to your own family; if you live your private life with honor and integrity, then you're the person I'm looking for.
If you believe evil cannot be tolerated that some measure of good may come, then you're the person I'm looking for.
If you believe the government can and should provide for everything a citizen needs throughout his or her life, then you're not the person I'm looking for.
If you think that broken promises simply come with the Washington territory and since everybody else does it, so can you, then you're not the person I'm looking for.
If you think it's okay to spend wildly obscene amounts of money that no one can even wrap their heads around when you don't have the money to spend; if you think debt is okay, or even good, or necessary, or smart, then you're not the person I'm looking for.
If you're used to getting your way by coercion, threats, bribery, manipulation, and outright lies, you're definitely not the person I'm looking for.
If you think more government is better government, then you're not the person I'm looking for.
If you think the government can do it better than private business, you're not the person I'm looking for.
If you're having an affair with your assistant or your best friend's spouse, or your nanny, or anyone else; if you're cheating on your family only to stand before us later with tears in your eyes begging our forgiveness, please spare us the trouble and drama. Sit down. You're certainly not the person I'm looking for.
If you're addicted to gambling or drugs or alcohol or sex or pornography, please sit down. Don't even bother.
If you have risen from a difficult past and forged a new path in your life; if you now live with honor, integrity, honesty, courage, and humility, even if you once fell down hard, don't be afraid. You just might be the person I'm looking for.
I'm not looking for someone who's perfect; just someone who is truthful and trustworthy. Someone who means what he says and says what he means. Someone who has proven that when the rubber meets the road, he will not compromise or abandon right principles.
Are you that someone? If so, I have a deal you can't refuse. I want you to volunteer to be harassed and maligned by the media, made into a caricature of yourself and ridiculed, work yourself to exhaustion traveling all over the country, give a million speeches, raise crazy amounts of money, deal with crooked, power-hungry toads day in and day out, win the election and sign yourself up for more of the same every day for 4 years. In return you'll have the chance to serve the greatest country on earth and maybe even bring about lasting, hopeful, positive change in our society; change that's based on truth, not campaign slogans. If you can do all this, you'll have my deepest gratitude and appreciation.
So... do we have a deal?