In today’s America, ask a growing number of high
school and college students; their teachers and professors; the
self-anointed media elite and/or hard working men and women of all
ethnicities, the question, “What is a Republican?”, and you’ll be
told “… a rich, greedy, egotistical individual, motivated only by
money and the desire to accumulate more and more of it, at the
expense of the environment … the working poor ….and all whom they
I am a Republican … I am none of those things… and
I don’t know any Republicans who are.
WHAT I AM … first and foremost, is a loving
husband of some 52 plus years, the father of four and an American
who’s proud of his country… and his country’s heritage.
WHAT I AM … is the grandson of immigrants who
risked everything, including their lives and those of their
children, to escape tyranny in search of freedom.
WHAT I AM … is a man who grew up during the
Depression and witnessed, first hand, the effects of the Stock
Market crash and the soup lines that followed. I watched as both my
parents and grand parents, who had very little themselves, share
what food they had with a half dozen other families, who had even
WHAT I AM … is someone who worked his way through
college by holding down three and four jobs at a time and then used
that education to build a better life.
WHAT I AM … is a husband who, at age 24, started
his own business for the “privilege” of working 60, 70 and 80 hours
a week, risking everything I had, including my health, in search of
a better life for myself and my loved ones.
WHAT I AM … is a businessman whose blood, sweat
and tears…. and plenty of them…, made it possible for me to provide
a secure living, not only for my family and myself, but also for
literally hundreds of my employees throughout the years. Employees,
who in turn, were able to buy their own homes, raise their own
families and give back to their communities and their country.
WHAT I AM … is a man who believes in God; a God
who has blessed this country… and all for which it stands.
WHAT I AM … is someone who knows, if you doubt
miracles exist in today’s world, you need only to look into the face
of those who received them … and the eyes of those who give them.
WHAT I AM … is an American who’s proud that his
President embraces a belief in God; proud of a President who
understands, as “politically incorrect” as it may be, there is evil
in this world and for the security and safety of all freedom loving
people everywhere, it must be confronted… and it must be defeated.
WHAT I AM … is an American who takes comfort in
the knowledge that our President refuses to allow decisions
concerning the very safety and security of this nation, to be
governed by the political whims of foreign governments.
WHAT I AM … is tired of hearing from leading
Democrats who see only negativity in America; racism in her people;
class warfare in her society and “political incorrectness” in her
WHAT I AM … is a former democrat who now
understands that it is the soldier and not the reporter that
guarantees us our freedoms of press, speech and dissent.
WHAT I AM … is a man who believes in the sanctity
of life. A man who is repulsed by the pandering of the political
left for votes, at the expense of the unborn.
WHAT I AM … is a husband and father who believes
in the sanctity of marriage and the preservation of the family unit.
WHAT I AM … is a movie go-er who is repulsed by
those insecure, socially inept, elementary thinking, ego-inflated
“entertainers” who have appointed themselves “experts” in the fields
of national security and geo-politics and then use their forum to
attack this nation, its leaders and its actions…. much to the
delight and encouragement of our enemies.
WHAT I AM … is an American who understands the
difference between “censorship” and “choice”. Evidently, these
individuals do not, because when these same “celebrities” receive
public ridicule for their offensive actions, the first thing they
yell is “Censorship!”. What they seem incapable of understanding is…
the right of free speech and dissent is shared equally by those
offended… as well as those who offend. I support and will continue
to support those films and performers whom I choose to … and refuse
to support those I don’t. It is my right as an American … a right I
will continue to enthusiastically exercise.
WHAT I AM … is a voter, tired of politicians, who,
every time their voting records are subjected to public scrutiny,
try to divert attention from their political and legislative
failures by accusing their opponents of “attack ads” and “negative
campaigning”…. and the news media who allow them to get away with
WHAT I AM … is a Catholic who loves his God and his Faith… and who’s
been taught to respect all religions whose teachings are based in
love, peace and charity. As such, I am embarrassed and ashamed of
those individuals, in both private and public life, whose decisions
and actions are devoid of any sense of character or morals;
individuals who are only driven by what’s best for them … rather
than what’s right … often times at the expense of many …. including
our national security.
WHAT I AM … is a realist who understands that the
terrorist attack that murdered hundreds of innocent Russian children
could have occurred here, in our heartland. That’s why I sincerely
believe America needs now, more than ever, a President who sees with
a clear and focused vision and who speaks with a voice when heard by
both friend and foe alike, is understood, respected and believed.
WHAT I AM … is eternally grateful to Ronald Reagan
for having the bravery to speak out against Communism and the
courage of his convictions in leading the fight to defeat it; and
George W. Bush for the vision, courage, conviction and leadership he
has shown in America’s war on terrorism amidst both the constant and
vicious, personal and political attacks both he and his family are
made to endure.
WHAT I AM … is a human being, full of numerous
faults and failures, but a man nonetheless, who, though not always
successful, has continually strived to do “what’s right” instead of
“what’s easy”. A man who is challenging the religious leaders of all
faiths, to not only preach to their congregations the fundamentals
of “what’s right” and “what’s wrong”, but to also then hold them
accountable for their actions in both the public and private
WHAT I AM … is disgusted with the Courts who, on
one hand, call the murder of a pregnant woman a “double homicide”
but then refer to the abortion of her baby as, “pro-choice”.
WHAT I AM … is someone deeply troubled by a
political party which embraces a candidate whose primary
“leadership” qualities center around his protesting of the Vietnam
war and his labeling the honorable men and women who fought in it,
(50,000 of whom gave their lives in that action), as rapists, and
war criminals. That same political party then stepped forward this
year to block the appearance of a true Vietnam war hero, retired
Admiral and former United States Senator, Jeremiah Denton, (a man
who spent seven years and seven torturous months in a North Vietnam
prison), from speaking before an open session of the California
legislature as part of that state’s 4th of July celebration. The
reason Democrats gave for refusing to allow this American hero to
speak before their state legislature was because of the
“conservative” nature of his views. As an American, that troubles me
deeply ….as well it should you.
WHAT I AM … is a man who feels the need to spend,
$104, 655.60,(tax paid) of his own money, to purchase this
advertisement, in order to set the story straight. Some may say this
money would have been better spent feeding the world’s poor. At the
risk of sounding self-serving, as an American and as a Republican,
for the last six decades of my life, I have done exactly that… and
more. Following the examples of my parents and grand parents, I have
used my earnings to feed the poor, shelter the homeless, provide
housing for the elderly and medical care for the sick….. and
continue to do so… and I’m not alone in that work.
WHAT I AM … is someone who is paying for this
announcement, at my sole expense, in hopes of opening the eyes of
those led blindly by ill-informed elements of our great nation, who,
through either ignorance, or malicious intent, repeatedly attack and
belittle those of us who belong to a political party that holds true
to the belief, “… the rights of the governed, exceed the power of
the government”. For those interested, I am speaking only as a
tax-paying individual who is in no way associated with The
Republican National Committee, nor with any of its directors, or
WHAT I AM … is a man who understands, “the
American way of life” is a message of self-empowerment for all.
WHAT I AM … is an American who is grateful that
our nation gives each of us the opportunity of self-determination
and the right to benefit from the fruits of self achievement.
WHAT I AM … is an American who wants to preserve
that way of life for all who seek it.
WHAT I AM … is blessed to be an American…. and
proud to be Republican.
George J. Esseff, Sr.
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