THE GOOD NEWS ABOUT SPRINGFIELD
“For, more than just a day, Christmas is a state of mind. It is found throughout the year whenever faith overcomes doubt, hope conquers despair, and love triumphs over hate. It is present when men of any creed bring love and understanding to the hearts of their fellow man. The feeling is seen in the wondrous faces of children and in the hopeful eyes of the aged. It overflows the hearts of cheerful givers and the souls of the caring. And it is reflected in the brilliant colors, joyful sounds, and beauty of the winter season. Let us resolve to honor this spirit of Christmas and strive to keep it throughout the year.” President Ronald Reagan
A Merry Christmas
In the coming weeks, many of us will likely share time with friends and family to celebrate our Christmas traditions rooted in the Christian celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ. This Christmas, I encourage you to give yourself an extra moment of pause to take inventory of the blessings that have been bestowed upon you by our Creator. I also encourage you to remember the brave men and women who risk their lives to forge our great nation, and those who have paid the ultimate price for Freedom in America.
Perhaps someone you know—a family member or a neighbor—maybe even yourself has been laid off and dealt with challenging circumstances as a result. In Illinois, the unemployment rate is higher than the national average, our former governor’s impeachment still looms in recent memory, and our state is hemorrhaging money from a massive budget deficit. In spite of the dark cloud overhead, I encourage you to give thanks and celebrate Our Lord’s birth with rejoicing. And I’d like to suggest there is good news in the New Year. I submit to you that there is good news about Springfield.
Good News of Great Joy
There is no news that can compare to the greatest news—and the greatest love—of all: Jesus Christ. His birth, death and resurrection assures us life abundant beyond our temporal existence. In the shadow of the gospel story, let’s remember the implications of those certain inalienable rights endowed by our Creator.
Wayward policy and reckless leadership cannot dissolve our Liberty—THIS is the good news about Springfield. You are the good news. Organize your voice, raise your voice—you can get involved—and THAT is good news. Don’t let stagnancy and the abuses of power intimidate your right to demand what’s best for the state of Illinois.
Even amidst the current state of leadership from our government officials—or lack there of—there remains good news. In spite of turmoil within our political parties or any administration, the consequences of moral and ethical ineptitude do not diminish your right to Liberty. Further, the circumstances the economy has produced and the difficulties that have emerged as a result of strangling financial situations do not have the ability to rob us of our freedom. Corruption cannot silence our voice. Indiscretion does not diminish our independence. Negligence does not negate justice for all.
A Gift of God
As Thomas Jefferson points out; Liberty can only be extinguished as a conviction in our minds. This Christmas, as you celebrate with friends and with family, give thanks for the Good News that is for all people, and remain convinced of our Liberty. Resolve to stand on the foundation of Freedom and exercise your right to govern our state in a way that serves its people.
Celebrate the reason for the season and give thanks for your right to demand government of, by and for the people. Join the movement to put an end to the “Chicago Way”.
May you have a blessed and Merry Christmas!
Conservative Candidate for Governor