A Grateful Heart – July 10 Campaign Update

Independence Day is always the perfect time to reflect on the beginnings of our country. And this year, I was happy to focus on some Founding Fathers wisdom – that one of the building blocks of a strong government is effective and responsive leadership. Over the years, we have become obsessed with party leadership instead of actual political leadership.

mastheadEMAIL.jpgFriends and Neighbors,

This past week, we had a great time celebrating Independence Day in Bullard and in Tyler. Just after the late Tuesday and early Wednesday rains, the weather was perfect for another year of amazing fireworks at Lindsey Park. Being surrounded by thousands of East Texans never gets old.

Independence Day is always the perfect time to reflect on the beginnings of our country. And this year, I was happy to focus on some Founding Fathers wisdom – that one of the building blocks of a strong government is effective and responsive leadership. Over the years, we have become obsessed with party leadership instead of actual political leadership. The words of George Washington ring true today as they did over 220 years ago:

"However [political parties] may now and then answer popular ends, they are likely in the course of time and things, to become potent engines, by which cunning, ambitious, and unprincipled men will be enabled to subvert the power of the people and to usurp for themselves the reins of government, destroying afterwards the very engines which have lifted them to unjust dominion."

From Washington’s Farewell Address - September 17, 1796

I always tell people to love your parties. Love your Republicans and love your Democrats - so long as they are doing the job of representing the people. In the case of East Texas, we have been without an effective voice in Austin for 6 years.

This year, on November 6th, that can change.

Before the July 4th fireworks at Lindsay Park, our campaign held small gathering at Grub Burger for anybody wanted to stop by and say hello. It was advertised quickly on Facebook, and to my surprise, a decent amount of people showed up over the three hours we were there. One by one, I received words of encouragement, support, donations, and anecdotes about our current ineffective representation. It was not planned that way, but it was a surprise moment of uplift and energy. Little by little, the message of ineffective representation, pragmatism over party, and the need for trusted leadership is taking root here in East Texas.  I invite you to continue with me on the journey to November 6th.

I look forward to seeing you around town.

To peace,
Neal


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