Hello, hello, everyone. I’m going to show you my wonderful dessert while we wait for some people to join. Let’s see if we can … It’s a little dark out here, but I wanted you to see the Nami sign. There we go. Because liberals make food that my tummy likes, and I care too much about desserts to sacrifice them. And this live stream is an ode to whoever the troll is that signed up my cell phone number with text messages to the 42-day Fat Challenge. So while I talk about policy and winning, I’m going to enjoy my chocolate, vegan, gluten-free donut. It’s delicious. Hi, Michael. Hi, everybody. I hope you can join. Let’s see how many people we can get on today.
So I want to talk to you today a little bit about … and I’ve talked a little bit about this before, but being a citizen that works on policy. A lot of people think that as a citizen, it doesn’t matter. “Give up on your government. We can’t accomplish anything.” And they stay home when it comes to voting. They’re just completely disenfranchised and apathetic about politics today. And I can understand where you’re coming from. I get it.
But I’ve been working at this since 2016 … 42-day Fat Challenge, and so good. So delicious. And I did that because there was … I should’ve gotten water. There was a terrible accident that I was in and with pool shock treatment and I had to get four surgeries and was bedridden for a really long time, blah, yada, yada, yada. But what that showed me, what I learned from that, was that, one, being helpless in bed for so long sucks. But two, I wanted my life to mean something at the end of the day.
And when I found out what was happening to our families, what was happening to children, what was happening to our veterans, and how when government was spending billions and billions of dollars on these programs, it was just causing children to suffer and being taken advantage of by some very crony organizations. And the American public was really being lied to about them, and that’s really was … I had always been opposed to socialism, but that’s really what made me die-hard against socialism because I saw what happens when government runs amuck with spending, with good intentions, of course, always good intentions.
And I just started working on whatever I could. And so I was invited to work on Austin Peterson’s campaign out in Missouri, and I got to meet a lot of other people that were active too. And I got to see that I probably maybe could make a difference, but if not, I would have fun trying, I suppose. And I didn’t want to keep going day to day knowing that these problems exist and doing nothing about it. I also didn’t want it to be that I’d come to the point that a serious accident or something did happen and I didn’t survive it and my life was meaningless from the perspective of how many people’s lives have changed for the better because you lived.
And I’m here to tell you that you can make a difference. You can make a huge difference. I have just been doing a little bit at a time, a little bit every day, learning about our laws, learning how to talk about our laws effectively, learning about how it impacts people’s lives, trying to understand folks that are in very different situations and understanding where they’re coming from and what it’s going to take to help them do better. And that’s really what it’s just about.
I haven’t done anything special. In fact, there’s a lot of people that work a lot harder than me, and there’s a lot of people that have suffered great harm and work really hard and sacrifice their lives to help others. But the little bit that I can do, I try to do. And so don’t be apathetic. You can make such a huge difference as a citizen. We’ve been able to change legislation at the state level three years in a row, and now we’re working at changing legislation at the federal level. And it sounds like it’s such a big behemoth, but it’s really not. It’s really just knowing your facts and getting the right messaging and being able to have a basic professional conversation about it.
And rather than just being mad at my government or mad at liberals or mad at whoever, instead, I turned that into something that can be a little bit productive. So to, the haters, cheers. I will keep eating my desserts. I will keep loving my avocados. I will keep my Second Amendment, and I will change policy. And we will save this country one bad law at a time. Bye, everybody.