WASHINGTON COUNTY -- Weaving political savvy and homespun humor, former Texas Congressman Richard "Dick" Armey entertained Washington County Republicans on Tuesday at their annual Lincoln Day Dinner.
A former nine-term representative and House majority leader, Armey moved easily from topic to topic in his 45-minute speech -- weighing in on governance, economists, evangelical philosophy and the difficulty a husband has in finding a gift for his wife.
Foremost, he championed God-given freedom as a core principle for Republicans and the republic.
"America is devoted to the liberty of the individual," he said.
Armey's appearance at Fountain Head Country Club near Hagerstown highlighted the Washington County Republican Central Committee's annual Lincoln Day Dinner, which about 130 people attended.
Last year, former Virginia Gov. George Allen was the featured guest.
Armey represented Texas in Congress from 1985 to 2003, when he retired.
He is now chairman of FreedomWorks, a Washington, D.C.-based organization that "believes individual liberty and the freedom to compete increases consumer choices and provides individuals with the greatest control over what they own and earn," its Web site says.