With apologies to Mark Twain, the rumors of the demise of the Republican Party in Routt County have been greatly exaggerated. Despite losses in the recent election, the Republican Party in Routt County, as well as throughout Colorado and the nation, is focused, determined and preparing for victory in 2008.
In 1976, during a period of national discontent, our country elected Jimmy Carter as President (remember the "misery index"?). Four years later, in 1980, the Reagan Revolution began, with Republicans claiming a landslide victory over the failed policies of Democrat Carter. In 1992, Democrat Bill Clinton was elected President. Just two years later, in 1994, Republicans swept to victory in both houses of Congress. In 2006, during a period of national unrest over the Iraq war, Democrats regained majority control of both houses of Congress. In 2008, Republicans will once again earn the opportunity to lead America, still the greatest country on earth.
Why will this happen? The Republican Party recognizes that the greatness of America lies not in the government, but in its people. Consequently, our party firmly believes in the right of the individual to choose how to use his or her talents, free of government intervention and meddling. And the Republican Party believes that the individual who earns the money will be a better steward of that money than a roomful of politicians in Denver or Washington, D.C.
Lower taxes, limited government, individual rights and responsibilities, free markets and a strong national defense. These are the fundamental beliefs of the Republican Party.
Faith in the people versus faith in government. This is the fundamental difference between the Republican Party and the Democratic Party.
1980, 1994 and 2008 ... landmark years for the Republican Party and for America. We invite you to join the Republican Party as we prepare for victory in 2008 and for the opportunity to help keep America the greatest nation on earth.
As for the Routt County Republican Party, "we can't wait ... for 2008!"
Chairman - Routt County Republican Central Committee