GUNTERSVILLE — Alabama Republican Party (ALGOP) chairman John Wahl spoke to the Marshall County Republican Women's Club on Thursday, where he laid out his goals for the Republican Party and America.

"We are in a battle for the heart and soul of this country," Wahl said. "... I really think it's more than a political battle. It is a battle between light and darkness. I think if we don't look at it from that perspective, we will go into battle unprepared."

Despite the "darkness," Wahl said he was there to offer hope for a brighter future.

"I have hope for America because I believe the American people still want freedom, and they still want the American dream, and they still want the grand experiment that our founding fathers laid out," he said. "And as long as that's the case, there's not just hope; we should be encouraged."

Still, he said Republicans must continue to push back against wokeness invading education, libraries, foreign policy and nearly every other area of public life. He said the best way to do this was to focus on protecting children from "the influence of a social engineering agenda from socialists."

He gave the example of the sexually explicit children's books found on library shelves across the state.

"I knew some of these books were bad, but as I serve on [the State Library Board] and I see parents coming in and reading the content that are in libraries, I am genuinely saddened, and saddened is the only word I have for it," he said. "It is not OK."

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Wahl said he "appreciated" that the president of the American Library Association, Emily Drabinski, was an open "Marxist lesbian" rather than hiding her true beliefs because it highlights the reality of the left's Marxist agenda.

Wahl said the agenda's ultimate goal is total control through centralized government power.

"In order to make that happen, they have to do three things: they have to destroy our local communities, they have to destroy the family unit, and they have to destroy our faith in God," he said. "And if you look, those are the things that are under attack right now in our country."

Wahl said he was proud of the work being done in Alabama to protect citizens' rights and freedoms, including enacting some of the "strongest laws in the country" to protect children from the transgender "debacle."

He said his goal for Alabama was to raise its national profile to become an influential leader in the country politically, economically and culturally.

"What state is better to be a bellwether state for the Republican party? I can't think of another state than Alabama," Wahl said.

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