The voters have spoken. Last night, Indiana chose Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders. Ted Cruz, the most constitutional candidate we could have ever hoped for has officially suspended his campaign.
Let me start with a quote that I have underneath my signature when I email people. It's a quote from Walt Disney. "Around here, we don't look backwards for very long. We keep moving forward, opening up new doors, doing new things, and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths."
Every few generations, America gets to make a clear choice. And we will either choose liberty or we'll choose government. And that's where we find ourselves right now. That's what this election is really all about: Freedom and hope versus tyranny and hate.
I really firmly believe and always have that America is about hope and not anger. That Americans want freedom and not intolerance. That we will in the end embrace brotherhood and not hatred. I always believe and still believe that Americans don't point fingers at race or religion and blame them for our problems.
In America, we have always chosen to rise up and see our problems as opportunities. It's what we're always about. That's what we were found on: Build a better mousetrap and people will beat a path to your door. In America, our hope is not based on any single candidate, any single man, but in the belief that we, as a people, always achieve the unimaginable in the moments of the greatest doubt.
In America, our hope is not based around any single candidate. Our hope is not based on the strength of a government, but in the might of the people, to reclaim their rights and reclaim the nation. That's what we're voting for now. That's what we're deciding right now. At our core, are we the courageous people? Are we the people that we have always been, a people who will light the way and dare the world to hope one more time?
Every few generations, Americans get to or have to make that choice. Will we choose liberty, or will we choose government?
This election, make no mistake, the Democrats will nominate Hillary Clinton, who brings a prescription of bigger government and more federal control. Higher taxes, more debt. More central bank manipulation of our markets. More free stuff for everyone, or at least everyone who is unwilling to work, at least everyone who doesn't pay any taxes or is here illegally.
As the Democrats, every day, become the party of socialism, Hillary is promising a $15 minimum wage, a lifetime of unemployment insurance, and free health care if people's jobs get shipped overseas for some unknown reason. She promises an expansion of an already bankrupt Social Security system. She promises more federal money for public schools, a bailout for student loan debt, expanding Obamacare to 12 million illegal immigrants, but she's not done there.
Welfare isn't just for people. She also promises to continue Obama's programs of corporate welfare and cronyism, with hundreds of billions of dollars, your dollars going to fund green energy schemes and companies, while driving the coal and oil industries out of business.
And how is she going to pay for all of this? Well, the same way they've all paid for it over the years: Higher taxes and broken promises, through massive deficits, and ballooning federal debt, higher taxes on small business owners and entrepreneurs, as the rich get richer.
But don't worry, Hillary doesn't just promise to expand the welfare state. No, no. She is also the warmonger-in-chief. She'll also ensure that America will continue to be the world's foremost warfare state. Her record on this is very clear. I know that seems strange, doesn't it? That seems strange, a Democrat. But she has supported or directed using the U.S. military to intervene in every circumstance and at every turn, killing thousands of innocent civilians along the way. Led by her policies, America is now active in 160 countries worldwide. I believe we have military operations in more countries than ever before in our -- in our country's history.
Under her watch, we eliminated Gadhafi. We turned Libya into a hotbed for civil war and jihadist insurgency. Never mind the thousands of innocent Libyans that died because as the president just admitted, we didn't have a plan in Libya. At the same time, we meddled in Syria, arming jihadists there to overthrow the government. Those same jihadis became ISIS. Those same jihadis that we armed became ISIS, murdering and beheading thousands, and they're still advancing on the Christians in Iraq and Syria today. But we're expected to forget all of that.
Because now as a candidate, candidate Clinton claims she is the person that has the plan that will wipe out the very same terror group that she helped create. Her policies and this president's policies have killed tens of thousands of civilians, and over a million more have fled into Europe, creating the greatest refugee crisis in modern history, bankrupting the EU, turning the prosperous and free nations into breeding grounds of terror cells, turning peaceful countries like Sweden into the rape capital of the world.
She brings equal parts of the welfare state and the warfare state. And that will be responsible for the murder of thousands of innocents around the world, standing by while our policies result in the rape and pickle of our allies in Europe and the destruction of our own culture and economy back home.
Is that the legacy that America wants? Is that the direction we want to go?
I believe Americans simply want to live by our principles of freedom, true equal justice under the law and the opportunity to achieve something, to make the world a better place.
And that brings me to the Republican Party --- the party of Lincoln, the party of the civil rights movement, the party of smaller government, the party of Reagan, the party of the Constitution. If that is the Republican Party, then the Republican Party must stand for smaller government, one that actually embraces the Constitution, one who is actually for civil rights. We must understand that an all-powerful president dictating what companies are allowed to do, where they're allowed to move, how they're allowed to operate isn't the solution.
A president who dictates terms --- to our allies, to our country, to our companies or to individual Americans --- is not the solution. A president whose only plan for reining in Washington's spending is universal health care and dictating price controls to drug companies is not the solution. That is the problem. It's called progressivism.
If the problems we face have been caused by big government then the solution cannot be an even bigger government. If we believe that crony capitalism and corruption in Washington is the problem then we must not be the party of corrupt crony capitalists. To paraphrase Albert Einstein, he said no problem will be solved with the same kind of thinking that created it.
We have to be consistent. That's the biggest thing: consistency. If it was wrong for President Obama to dictate stuff then it must also always be wrong for a Republican president.
I need to remind America today that a dictator, that your dictator, is still a dictator. The Republican Party needs to send a different message to Washington. The message is the time of big government is over. You had your chance for the last 100 years, and it has failed every single time.
We need D.C. to stop making Washington's way the American way. That's backwards. We need our leaders to recognize very simply that the best thing government can do for its people is to get the hell out of the way so the American people can create jobs, so the American people can expand their businesses, pursue their aspirations, all unhindered by the clowns in Washington.
If the Republican Party is actually going to lead in this next American century then it must never pander to groups. We need to send to Washington a leader who will stand for the truth, one that will stand for American principles. And those principles have to be deeply embedded in them, in their gut, that you could wake them up in the dead of the night, and they know, they know the answer that we know in our heart is right. We need to send a leader to Washington who will not change their values just to win votes.
We need to send to Washington a leader that believes who they are is more important than the address of where they work. We need to send to Washington a leader who knows that how they win may be more important than the victory itself.
This is a tall task. We are in this together. And we have to keep working. We're divided. And a house divided against itself cannot stand. But we're divided because of people. I still believe in the principles of America. And this country has never been about one man. It has always been about her people and her principles.
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