When you think of American exceptionalism what images come to mind? The strength of a US Navy Carrier group cutting through the ocean? Certainly. The global importance of our economy beyond the borders and the offices on Wall Street? Without question.
For me, however, American exceptionalism is so much more - and I know that many Americans feel the same way. When I think about all the things that America great, I think of Idaho. I think of our traditional family values, our vibrant natural habitat, our conservative ideals. I think about streets in Boise and in Coeur d'Alene lined with American flags. In Idaho we stand for the national anthem at every game, and in every hall. We know the words to the pledge of allegiance, and we know that includes "under god".
Idaho is one of the most beautiful states in the Republic, with a wealth of natural resources and of natural talents in her people. When Idaho thrives, America does too. Join me in making Idaho better tomorrow than it ever has been!