That describes my experience serving as National Spokesman for the 2016 presidential campaign of Sen. Ted Cruz.
With this note I convey my thanks to all of the members of the #CruzCrew for the support while serving in this role.
There is no shortage of naysayers and downers in any campaign, some are real, and others are just fake Twitter bots. Nonetheless, the members of the Cruz team from volunteers out in the field to colleagues in the campaign office provider daily reminders of the nobility of this cause that brought us together.
My parents were German immigrants of limited formal education who learned English from watching cartoons on television. Although they passed away years ago, I know they would have approved of my role in such an undertaking, one aimed at preserving the America that lured them from Europe with the promise of freedom and opportunity.
The men and women of the Cruz campaign, from Ted and Heidi to the hundreds of thousands of volunteers who shed sweat and tears, were, and are, united in this cause still. Because what makes America the greatest nation in the history of nations requires indeed "eternal vigilance."
Serving as a national campaign spokesman is a unique role in politics. It's like being a designated hitter in baseball -- and no matter the pitch, your only choice is to swing, and you have to hit the ball every time.
Some people don't like what's said -- and they may take shots, especially in an era when people don't always have to take responsibility for what they say. Yet, the righteousness of our cause and the support of everyone on the team -- old timers and newcomers alike -- provided the backup to keep going every day, whether it was the peak in Wisconsin, or the valley a few weeks later.
There is no doubt the cause will continue, in many forms, regardless of which candidates and which parties prevail in November. And Ted Cruz is the natural leader for that cause, for I have not met anyone else who possesses the unique combination of skills, commitment, courage and tenacity to lead our movement forward through challenging times.
Modern political coverage exaggerates the role of those at the top, while often skipping over the vital role of those working out in the fields. The most important people in the Republican Party are the volunteers who go door to door, make phone calls, and attend events. They make the party not some far off, abstract entity we hear about on TV. They make the party personal, and in a digital world, analog is king. The world's social media posts cannot compete with the power of a handshake, or the feel of a pat on the back.
For now, we have a battle to support thousands of solid conservative candidates on the ballot who need our help.
"Do not wait for orders from headquarters, ride to the sound of the guns."
Ron Nehring, August 6, 2016