Young encourages Republicans at annual dinner


HUNTINGBURG — U. S. Sen. Todd Young talked about America’s recent exit from Afghanistan Friday evening.

He explained to the Republicans at the Lincoln Day Dinner how the way the exit was done has caused a major crisis.

“Hoosiers are seething. America is angry. Some Americans are ashamed,” he said, “ashamed that we can no longer say, ‘Our nation never leaves anyone behind.’ And that’s just the crisis at the moment.”

The Dubois County Republican Party held its annual dinner at the Huntingburg Event Center.

Local, state and national officeholders attended along with precinct and district party members and others from the county and surrounding counties.

Attendees included candidates running for state offices, including current State Auditor Tera Klutz, current Secretary of State Holli Sullivan and challenger Diego Morales, State treasurer candidates Daniel Elliott and Pete Seat. U.S. Sen. Mike Braun and U.S. Rep. Larry Bucshon, R-8th, also gave some remarks.

Young, who was the featured speaker, decided to step back from what he called “the mini crises we’re facing as a country.” He decided to first focus on the good things of America and Americans.

“Sometimes we can lose perspective about just what incredible potential we have, what a remarkable nation we have,” he said.

He cited as some examples of that potential the country’s spirit of entrepreneurship, the higher education systems, the military force, abundant natural resources, diverse religions, family values and the written Constitution.

“We have a rule book on what our government can do,” he said. “Our people understand that. They take ownership in our government. So when our government fails to meet their high expectations, they have the ability to change it, and they typically do step up and change it. It’s remarkable, if you really think about it.”

When he considers the country’s liabilities, “the only thing I can think of is our current national politics,” Young said, “our federal government. And we can fix that.”

Young talked about Emma Lazarus’ poem “The New Colossus,” which is on the base of the Statue of Liberty and focused on a line that caught his attention. Instead of looking at the “Give me your tired” section of the sonnet, he focused on the lines: “A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame, is the imprisoned lightning,” and talked about how he interpreted imprisoned lightning.

“I think the imprisoned lightning is a metaphor,” he said, “a metaphor for that God-given potential every man, woman and child on the face of the earth is born with.

“And the reason that people have, often at great risk, successive generations have sailed to the shores of the United States of America,” Young said, “is because we offer the hope that it is here, in this land of promise and opportunity, where you can unleash your imprisoned lightning, your God-given potential. In face, that’s the national promise at the heart of the Declaration of Independence.”

Every successive generation has passed on a nation that has more freedom, security and opportunity than before, Young said. “And that’s our charge as well,” he said. “We have a sacred obligation to do this for our children and for our grandchildren. And gosh darn it, we’re going to get it done.”

Republicans, when they were in control of the U.S. Congress, “did our part to help unleash that imprisoned lightning,” Young said. He cited changes to the tax code, to what he called unneeded regulations, to the military and to the federal bench.

Young talked about what he sees as different crises currently happening, including citing wasteful expenditures and expensive bills being pushed, higher taxes, burdensome regulations, border problems on the south end of the country and the crisis in Afghanistan.

“We have a national Democratic Party that will cling for power, seek to grow government and seek to enhance their power through almost every possible measure,” he said.

Young told the crowd that the party must do more recruiting and must stay vigilant.

“We’ve got to do our part. We want to remain the greatest nation on earth,” he said. “And that means living up to our obligation to ensure that our children and grandchildren and generations of posterity beyond them can unleash that imprisoned lightning.”

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