“That government is best which governs least”
– Henry David Thoreau “Civil Disobedience”
In March 2020, we were told “two weeks to slow the spread” and what followed was the single biggest campaign of government overreach in America since FDR passed the New Deal. However, the sinister theme of the pandemic is that the erosion of our freedoms was not instantaneous, but slow and seemingly undetectable.
First, a state of emergency was declared, then the government closed schools, and then they came after our businesses. We were told to stay home and be happy because the state will provide. As a result, 31.3% of small businesses closed their doors permanently, mask mandates permeated the country, and vaccines punctured the arms of millions who feared that if they did not conform, they would lose their jobs, livelihoods, and social standing.
When the people began to speak out, the government quickly worked to suppress free speech and censor opposing views that questioned the state’s motives. This is not the United States of America I grew up in. The last few years in America have been a steady march towards authoritarianism.
I realized the path we are on is unsustainable, and if we are to preserve the same American Dream we have enjoyed for our children’s generation, we need bold leaders who step up and take action. That is why I have decided that this is my time to serve my state.
I am running to represent you in the Arizona State House because the consequences of not addressing government overreach today are dire. If you think what we are experiencing now is bad, imagine the consequences if we sit by and do nothing.