Two years ago, to the minute, I was sitting at the computer, searching through Senate races and state information, making last minute website design changes, and checking up with my friends, Faith in Indiana and Amber in Michigan, to make sure there weren't any additional last-minute items that needed to be accomplished.
The occasion that kept three young Americans up for hours the night of October 5, 2012? The launch of www.FreedomsDefenders.com -- and the launch of a mission.
Three teenagers wanted to make a difference. We had all gotten a start -- in fact, just seven far-too-short hours after I finally made it to bed around 1am, I would be getting up and heading to the Republican Victory Center for a 12 hour day of phonebanking for the GOP ticket, as would Amber. All three of us spent all the time we could volunteering for conservative candidates.
But we wanted to do something more unique -- something with a bigger potential. And so, after much brainstorming, Freedom's Defenders was born.
We wanted to encourage fellow conservatives to not only vote for candidates who lined up with their values, but become more involved by asking their friends and family to vote as well and volunteering for conservative campaigns.
We've learned a lot along the way. We learned to reach more concerned Americans through social media. We learned a lot about conservative leaders across the country. And we learned that we could indeed help to make a difference.
Since then, we lent support to the successful battle to pass Right to Work in Michigan. We've helped in the fight to stop the United Nations agenda in the UN "Disabilities treaty", the CRPD. We're standing for life, and we're standing with Israel. And with an election once again upon us, we're supporting principled, conservative candidates for offices from United States Senate to State Representative.
Thank you for being a part of this journey. We've learned a lot. Our methods have changed quite a bit. Our website has changed -- a lot. We've expanded and added new team members.
But our mission hasn't changed.
We're still a group of young people who believe that as Americans it is our job to defend our freedom through the rights provided to us by the Constitution of the United States of America. One way that we continue to seek to accomplish that is by giving others a way to learn about and help candidates that we believe line up with our Christian values. Another way we can seek to our freedoms is through informing and engaging other citizens so that they, as constituents, can influence their elected officials to vote in a way that protects their faith, families, and freedom.
Stand Strong (Ephesians 6:13)
Peter B. and the Freedom's Defenders Team