One of the most important Illinois races in the 2010 elections will be the race for the U.S. Senate. Popular wisdom has the contest between the candidates of the liberal wing of the Republican establishment, Mark Kirk, and the more conservative wing, Patrick Hughes. It is quite possible that the best candidate for the people of Illinois is to be found outside the regular Republican establishment.
Dr. Stringer and I had the rare opportunity to meet with two Republican candidates this week that was both eye opening and informative. The meeting was with Don Lowery, running for the U.S. Senate and Joe Walsh, running for Congress in the Eighth Congressional District. Lowery is a former downstate judge and Walsh is a former teacher.
The meeting was wide ranging and open with “no holds barred”. Dr Stringer and I agreed afterwards that if Congress was made up of patriots like these two men, America would not be experiencing the problems we now face. If you are familiar with Dr. Stringer, or if you have been a fan of this website, you know that our focus is first and always on the Constitution as our last bastion of defense against socialism and in defense of liberty.
On Judge Lowery’s website, he answers the key question, “Will you uphold the Constitution of the United States as it was written and intended by our founding fathers?” His answer:
“Absolutely! The Constitution is like granite rock. It sets forth the foundation of our government and our country. The forefathers designed it as a living document to be amended through very definite procedures; it is not to be circumvented in the legislative process nor changed by the mere whimsy of public opinion. The strength of the Constitution has sustained America for over 200 years. Now, as much as ever, American citizens and public officials should be mindful that it is our Constitution that gives us our rights and also protects them. With each right, there is responsibility to preserve our form of government that gets its form and strength from the U.S. Constitution“.
That is a pretty unambiguous statement; however, I have found that when it comes to political declarations it is best to be somewhat of a “nit picker”. I also know that when you ask a skilled politician a direct question you are likely to get back an answer designed to provide the one you are looking for as deduced from the implication in the question. To avoid this, our meeting was held to a casual conversation with only one or two direct questions. Here is what we learned as it applies to the above quote.
The Constitution is a “living document” only in the sense that it is enduring and that the Founders made provisions for its updating with the Fifth Amendment. It’s fundamental meaning or authority is not changed by either “legislative process” or judicial opinion. Our unalienable “rights” come from God and not the Constitution, the Constitution’s purpose is to protect them. On these points both Lowery and Walsh agreed. They also agreed in believing that the problems we currently have in health care, education, out of control spending, marriage and family issues, abortion, etc. have their root causes in the departure of our government from the plan put forth by the Founders in the Constitution or in a departure from the principles found in the Declaration of Independence.
If you believe, as we do, that the crucial task for us as citizens is to help return our government to the Constitutional Republic it was intended to be, when you go to the polls on February 2, vote for Don Lowery for Senate and if you live in the Eighth District, Joe Walsh for Congress. The primaries are the place where we need to stand on principles, regardless of outcome. In the general election, we may have to be more pragmatic in order to avoid a more ruinous outcome, but in the primary, we have the freedom to vote 100% on principle. Make it count.
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