I am humbled.
It is an honor for me to serve as a Council member in the City of Southlake and as Vice Chair of Tarrant County Republican Party.
I remain optimistic for our country and our community because I have faith in our founding principle, that “All men are created equal”. My faith has been tested when I was denied opportunities because of the color of my skin or my religion. But my faith has been affirmed, over and over again, as I was lifted up by Americans of all colors and faiths, who continue to believe that “All men are created equal.”
A nation divided by fear makes us weaker and our enemies stronger. We need to build trust by breaking bread with people who may not look like us, or who may speak with an accent. We need to integrate new Americans into our communities through education, employment and participation in our democratic process — opportunities that I benefited from and am immensely grateful for. We need to inspire them to join us by the power of our ideas, the power of our ideals and the power of hope for a better future for all.
Regardless of when we arrived in this country, we are all Americans, with equal rights and responsibilities. We are all guardians of this nation. And as part of this sacred responsibility, we must overcome our fears and learn to trust each other, to create a more perfect union, so our country may continue to serve as a beacon of liberty and hope— as it was for me, and as I hope it will remain for many others to come.
Living Example Of The American Dream
“When I sit back and look at my life’s journey, it is truly one of the American dream fulfilled,” Shafi says.
Shafi has experienced adversity as a public official, but he doesn’t let that stand in his way or slow him down. And he speaks fondly of what America’s founding fathers had in mind when they were creating a more perfect union.
“I'm not naïve. Our country has a terrible history of bigotry, racism and all kinds of discrimination against women, against you name it,” Shafi says. “But we have overcome a lot of those kinds of divisions.”
He just lets his work and his citizens’ votes speak to what is possible.
“I am a living example of that. Many people did not think it was possible for someone of Muslim faith to win an election. My election proved them wrong,” Shafi says. “I believe that in America, it doesn’t matter where you come from. It matters where you are going.”
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.”
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