The Rachel Report
Monday, May 16th, 2022
THIS WEEKS LIBERTY STORIES:
Our last week of door knocking was hugely successful! My team hit… drum roll… almost 500 houses in 4 days!
There were a few encounters this week while knocking on doors that left me hope-filled for the election tomorrow.
The first was on Monday night while out for a run. I was running uphill wearing a baseball cap, work-out clothes, and no makeup when a car slowed down behind me as I ran on the shoulder of the street. I paused my music and watched the car closely. The driver than pulled up ahead of me, rolled down the window, and excitedly leaned out. “Are you Rachel Hazelip?” he yelled. I slowed my pace and responded with a yes. “I’m voting for you!” he yelled. I started laughing, thanked him, and cheered while he drove away pumping his fist out the window.
Tuesday morning I knocked on a door in Middleton and a young mom answered it. The house smelled incredibly of chocolate cake and I smiled and said “mmm! Smells delicious!” A little girl ran in from the kitchen, chocolate all over her cheeks, and said “we’re making cupcakes! Do you want one?!” So I took it and ate one of the most delicious cupcakes I’ve ever eaten and chatted with mom and daughter for 20 minutes before moving on to the next house. I love meeting sweet kids on the campaign trail!
The last door I knocked Wednesday night was in Middleton. The sun was going down and we were way out in the country. An older lady opened the door and I introduced myself. When I said my name she reached out and grabbed hold of my hand, “I got home about 3 hours ago from voting for you!” We had a great conversation about her garden and grandkids while the sun went down. It was such a peaceful way to end a full day to walking and knocking doors. Before I left, she took my hand again and said “no matter the circumstance, you fight. And as you fight, remember that we stand with you.”
The day has nearly arrived. Primaries.
We have worked and stood against the establishment… and it all comes down to tomorrow.
Today’s email will be short as I am finding myself at a loss for words to describe the past three months on the campaign trail and the hope that I have for our beautiful state’s future.
As I look back on campaigning, I can only think of one way to summarize it. It has been one of the greatest honors of my life and I am thankful. I have met so many remarkable and patriotic people the past three months that fill me with hope and fuel the fire burning in me for justice and liberty.
I truly believe that God is pouring out His blessings and favor on our campaign and that that will be translated at the polls tomorrow; but in the end, I believe deeply in my soul that not a moment, encounter, or conversation was wasted. Each person that I have met reminds me why I did this. Whether that is an “I’m doing this because of people like you” or “I’m doing this for people like you.”
It has been worth it.
We’ve been called “extremists,” “puppets,” “unintelligent”… a “liar,” but at the end of the day, it is worth it for Idaho.
For this Gem State we love.
We have hope for our state and our country because of people like the thousands I have met the past few months who are ready to stand against socialism, tyranny, and injustice.
Let’s not ever lose that hope. Let’s not ever quit. Let’s not ever surrender this land that we love on the altar of money, power, prestige, political correctness, or socialism.
Let’s not abandon liberty.
Let’s keep fighting for what’s right together. Let’s keep doing the next right thing.
This country is unlike any other and call me biased, but I believe the same is true for Idaho.
So friends, I will leave you with this:
On May 13, 1940, Churchill delivered an address to Parliament regarding Great Britain’s fight in WWII after becoming Prime Minister. His words have echoed throughout history and have been draw on for battles-ideological, cultural, and physical- across the world.
They ring true today as well, here in the Gem State as we are on the precipice of voting to decide the fate of our Idahome.
I leave you with Churchill’s words because they beautifully summate my attitude as we come to this moment tomorrow that is the culmination of all the hard work of the past 3 months:
“You ask, what is our aim? I can answer in one word. It is victory. Victory at all costs – Victory in spite of all terrors – Victory, however long and hard the road may be, for without victory there is no survival.”
THIS WEEKS EVENTS & MEET AND GREETS:
Monday, May 16, 2022 at Cloverdale Church of God in south Ada County, a group will be gathering to worship and pray over the election on Tuesday. The prayer night begins at 7:30.
Tuesday, May 17, 2022 are Primary ELECTIONS!!! I will be sign waving at each of our precincts in District 10 throughout the day (the legal distance from the poll of course!)! If you see me, come say hi!
Our Gun Giveaway ended on Saturday and a winner was drawn yesterday! The winner is…… drumroll…..
THIS WEEKS LIBERTY STORIES Continued:
On Thursday afternoon, I knocked on a door way out in the northern most part of my district. A middle aged man opened the door and immediately his face lit up. I knew he recognized me. He called back to his wife who came to the door as I introduced myself. “We know who you are! We had a meeting in our home last night and talked about you! All the people around here got together and talked about the election and we are all voting for you! We prayed for you as well.” It left me speechless.
My young cousin drew a picture of a flag on a plate (pictured below) and gifted it to me Friday evening. I took it and told her how beautiful it was and she said, “it’s for you because you’re going to save Idaho.”
In his address, Churchill’s words were few, but they were a powerful rally cry. The heart of his message was only one paragraph. He offered the people a purpose and hope. In the wake of devastation in Europe, Churchill rallied Great Britain around the principle of total victory. However long it would take- they would not surrender to tyranny or injustice.
Churchill spoke of course on the greater scale of WWII, but the principles he spoke about translate well to our fight for our state. What is our goal for Idaho? Victory. Despite the liberal agendas, despite the name calling, and despite the harsh words. However long the road to restoring Idaho’s representation may be… we accept nothing less than victory. For without victory here and now, we will lose our state as so many others have.
This is about parents claiming a victory over their children’s education and their rights as parents. This is about claiming victory over our medical decisions. This is about claiming victory over those who have failed to protect and utilize our lands, resources, and water.
This is about We the People claiming a victory by having Representatives in office who actually represent us.
This is about liberty claiming a victory in our state and our country.
Today, I am both excited and at peace. We have stayed up all hours, been away from our families, worked, pushed through… we’ve fought. We have done what God asked us to do but the battle has always belonged to Him and the victory is ultimately His and His alone.
Tomorrow is just the beginning.
The real work starts as I hopefully take the role of being nominated as your Republican Representative in the Idaho House. But either way, we will continue this fight for Idaho’s children, business-owners, families, individuals, veterans, and elderly.We have done our part.
Now it is in the hands of We the People.
Let’s Keep Idaho, Idahome!
I am humbled, grateful, and changed because of this fight and all of you.
For Liberty… For Justice… For Representation….