Freedom is a precious gift. I was born in a land where striving to be free could cost your life… I learned at a young age that freedom is not “free.” It’s something that’s near and dear to me, something that I don’t take lightly or for granted. It’s not just freedom from an oppressive government; individual and economic freedom is also essential for a truly free society. I also believe that limited government, the free market system, religious freedom, self reliance, strong national defense and sovereignty are some of the things that help maintain America’s greatness. Along with these rights, that Americans have died to preserve, comes individual responsibilities. These are some core values of the Republican party, the same values instilled within me at a young age. That’s why I’m a Republican.