President Reagan once famously said, “The nine most terrifying words in the English language are, ‘I’m from the government and I’m here to help.’”

Although the dust from Election Day is still settling, and although there are still turbulent times ahead, we Republicans just learned what the five greatest words in the English language are: “Thank God for Donald Trump!” In perhaps the greatest political upset in American history, Donald Trump, the anti-establishment New York billionaire, was able to soundly defeat Hillary Clinton, the ultimate Washington insider. In the process, he won states that have not voted for Republican candidates for decades, like Wisconsin, which last voted for a Republican president in 1984. Thanks to Donald Trump, our country has been saved from four more years of President Obama’s disastrous progressive policies, and the Republican Party has been saved from potential dissolution and irrelevancy. 

From the moment Trump announced his candidacy on June 16, 2015, his campaign was treated as a joke. Practically no one took him seriously. Hollywood celebrities, late-night television show hosts, and prominent political figures mocked him and dismissed his supporters. As time went on, however, that all began to change. Trump skyrocketed into the lead early on during the summer of 2015 and never looked back, ultimately capturing the Republican nomination in July 2016 at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio. His message of putting American interests first with respect to trade, immigration, the military, etc., struck a chord with grassroots Republicans and Reagan Democrats who feel that they no longer have a voice in our government. They propelled him to a runner-up finish in Iowa and then a win in New Hampshire, and the rest is history. On January 20, 2017, Donald Trump will be inaugurated as the 45th President of the United States. What an incredible day that will be for our country.

I come from a very rural, conservative area of New Jersey, a place where people value hard work, family, faith, and common sense. Trump speaks for people like me who recognize that President Obama’s leadership has been a total disaster for this country. We want real change in Washington, D.C., and that kind of change will never come from the people who helped to create our country’s problems in the first place. It was never going to come from Hillary Clinton, someone who has such an unprecedented record of scandal, corruption, and deception that she makes Richard Nixon look like George Washington by comparison. It was always going to come from someone like Trump: a man who speaks his mind; a man who has built and run a successful business; a man who is not beholden to big donors and special interests.

No one forced Trump to give up his comfortable lifestyle and get viciously attacked and smeared on a daily basis. Politics is a nasty business, and Trump has always made it clear that he would only run for president if our country was in serious trouble. The fact that he put his name, business, and fortune on the line to run for president speaks volumes about the kind of person he is and the kind of president he will be. He has demonstrated time and again that he is someone who truly loves America, who hates seeing its steady decline, and who will work his heart out to make it great again.

Thanks to Donald Trump, we will no longer be forced to accept progressive political correctness and the insanity that it entails. We will no longer be persecuted for openly professing and practicing our religious beliefs. We now have a chance to save our Constitution and all of our God-given rights and freedoms with a Supreme Court dominated by originalist justices. We have a chance to drain the swamp of corruption and cronyism that is Washington, D.C and to restore a government of, by, and for the people. We will be able to repeal and replace Obamacare, eliminate scores of job-killing regulations, unleash America’s energy and manufacturing sectors, cut taxes and spending, repeal Common Core, etc. And most importantly, thanks to Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton will never be president. The Clinton Machine has been utterly devastated by the results of this election, and the entire world is better off for it. 

Election Day 2016 will long be remembered as a day when Americans decided to take America back from corrupt career politicians, global special interests, and the corporate media. It will go down as a day when Americans opted for bold conservative change instead of a continuation of failed liberal policies; for a successful businessman instead of a failed career politician; for freedom and limited government instead of tyranny and an ever-expanding welfare state. It will also mark a major political party realignment, as the Rust Belt states that traditionally vote Democrat are back in play for Republicans.

I have a strong feeling that my first-ever vote, which went to Donald Trump, will be the most important one that I ever cast. Our great country has been saved, and so has the Republican Party. Thank God for Donald Trump. Let’s Make America Great Again!