Live Like the Pilgrims

December 1, 2020

We hope your Thanksgiving celebration was a time of memory-making and treasuring family. Reflecting on our nation’s history, marked by the Thanksgiving holiday, we were struck by the fact that it was 400 years ago, in 1620, when the Pilgrims landed on our shores.

That group, a remnant of a much larger community of faith, reflects well the sentiments felt so strongly by many of us who abide by Republican principles of self-government. Those principles were relayed in the Mayflower Compact, signed by each of those who stepped off of the ship and onto what would become America.

In the name of God, Amen. We whose names are underwritten, the loyal subjects of our dread Sovereign Lord King James, by the Grace of God of Great Britain, France, and Ireland King, Defender of the Faith, etc. Having undertaken for the Glory of God and advancement of the Christian Faith and Honour of our King and Country, a Voyage to plant the First Colony in the Northern Parts of Virginia, do by these presents solemnly and mutually in the presence of God and one of another, Covenant and Combine ourselves together in a Civil Body Politic, for our better ordering and preservation and furtherance of the ends aforesaid; and by virtue hereof to enact, constitute and frame such just and equal Laws, Ordinances, Acts, Constitutions and Offices from time to time, as shall be thought most meet and convenient for the general good of the Colony, unto which we promise all due submission and obedience. In witness whereof we have hereunder subscribed our names at Cape Cod, the 11th of November, in the year of the reign of our Sovereign Lord King James, of England, France and Ireland the eighteenth, and of Scotland the fifty-fourth. Anno Domini 1620.

The pilgrims began with God as their top priority and their servitude to Him as their life’s focus. They recognized a need for rules of governance, sufficient to provide order and continuance, limited to the general good, and acknowledging that each must submit to and obey the rules they agreed to, surely inspired by the abuses they were fleeing, imposed by the government which had persecuted them. They recognized that a government selected and elected by the governed was the best form of government under which they could thrive.

These core values of submission to God and the need for a government limited in scope, created by and for the people, are still our guiding principles, which are woven into our Republican Party Platform.

Today, the evidence of election fraud is at the forefront of our minds. Elections are the voice of our self-governance. If America is no longer a land of free and fair elections, haven’t we then lost our country completely?

For this reason we encourage you to be as the Pilgrims. Steadfast in your respect for and loyalty to the founding principles, institutions and traditions of our United States of America, a Constitutional Republic. Wyoming Republicans are personally committed to supporting the efforts to assure election integrity. We will continue to do so and encourage you to do the same and make sure the truth is revealed.

This year, 2020, is a year to celebrate the 400 years of this great experiment of self-governance, as best expressed today in Republican values and ideals. The appeal of Republicanism to Americans is seen in our victories up and down the ballots across the nation. We must assure that all of local, county, state and national races have been decided rightly, and encourage the investigation and discovery of factual evidence, and the sharing of that information to assure ourselves that those now selected to serve were indeed rightfully elected.