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Courage, Strength & Perseverance

The Waynesboro Republicans are men and women of principle. Their goal is to defend the Constitution, with energy, courage and good humor.

Published in the News Virginian, October 8, 2014

KenI am the Chairman of the Waynesboro Republican Committee. I have a passionate love for our Country and its founding ideals. I am spurred on to do all in my power to promote wise public policy and to elect conservative men and women to public office. And on Saturday, September 27th, I almost quit politics and left the Waynesboro Committee. I was dejected and dispirited.

Here is what happened.

The Republican Party of Virginia is comprised of City and County committees, such as the Waynesboro City Committee and the Augusta County Committee. All the Republican committees in a Congressional District are aggregated into Congressional District Committees, whose members are the Chairmen of the City and County committees. The Congressional District in the Valley is called the 6th District, and Congressman Bob Goodlatte is the Representative in Washington.

On Saturday, September 27th, our 6th Congressional District Committee held its quarterly meeting in Verona. The meeting was sparsely attended as many City and County Chairman were involved in campaign activities.

The agenda could be characterized as a remedy for insomnia. Not much was scheduled to happen. Open the meeting at 10 am. Talk, talk, talk. Adjourn the meeting at 12 noon. No big deal.

Around the room, some folks seemed to be nodding off, others were sending emails from their “i things” and a teacher was grading student papers.

At five minutes before noon we reached the agenda item called Announcements. I began collecting my hand-outs and notes and wondered what was for lunch. It was then that a participant of the meeting introduced a controversial subject.

That subject led to an animated debate that lasted for thirty-five minutes. When it was all over, I was unhappy with the outcome.

I said to myself, “I’m out of here. I don’t need this.”

I arrived home dejected, dispirited and ready to give up.

By Sunday, all that changed. I now said to myself, “I’m not going to give up. No, I am going to fight.” I thought of Jefferson Smith, in the movie Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. I thought of George Washington at Valley Forge. I thought of my father who fought across the Pacific. I thought of myself when the doctor who delivered my son said there was a problem.

Give up. Me, give up? Are you crazy?

I may not prevail. But, I will not give up.

And neither should you. Never.

There are outrageous things being done in Washington. I do not need to tell you that. You know it. You probably even have a list. But we – you and I – have the same courage as the soldiers in the Continental Army. We have the same strength as those who fought in World War II. We have the same perseverance as the men in the Hanoi Hilton. We must never give up.

Do you have a Gadsden license plate? I need you to stand with me. Do you proudly fly a flag outside your home? The Waynesboro Committee would like to meet you. Do you love your Country? Then, you must remember to pray for America.

Me, give up? Are you crazy?

Ken Adams is the Chairman of the Waynesboro Virginia Republican Committee.