I wanted to send a note to all our friends and supporters wishing you all a very Happy Thanksgiving. Carolyn and I along with our children are spending the week in the fabulous Florida Keys with my brothers and mother. This is a great time to be thankful for all the service men and women who are actively serving or who have ever served our Great Country to keep it a free nation. This is also a time for me to reflect over the last 8 months and see how the campaign has come together through the hard work of all our campaign team members. I want you all to know how much I appreciate your dedication and hard work that has led us to where we are today. So, thank you to each and every one of you.
This is also a time of preparation for me as I set aside my veterinary profession of 28 years to focus full time on my run for U.S. Congress. My veterinary career has served both myself and family well and has been rewarding in many different ways. I feel it has prepared me well for the work as a U.S. Congressman and I look forward to the task at hand with enthusiasm and eagerness.
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday and God Bless all and the United States of America.
Grinding out these last few months of 2011, I have heard many quips and comments about the 2012 election but one issue is seemingly standing out from the rest. That issue is the proper role of government. Both red and blue, old and young, white and black are all discussing what the proper role of government is. Now that is not to say that this is the only issue on people’s minds. Not the case at all. In fact, everyone is talking about jobs and the economy but the conversation inevitably steers to the bigger issue. The role of government. Is it the place of the government to spend $400+ billion of taxpayer’s money to create jobs? Well, yes. I hate to disappoint everyone but yes, it is the role of the government to spend our money. The catch is we elect representatives (as in Congress – both the Senate and the House) to represent our views and to spend our money responsibly as WE (as in We the People) see fit as long as it’s Constitutional.
Many Constitutionalists are probably foaming at the mouth at the suggestion that it is the role of our government to spend our money but it you can prove that government does one thing without spending money, I would stand corrected. National security, coinage of money, basic welfare, even representation (think of how much a U.S. Senator makes each year); it all has a price tag attached to it.
In talking about the role of government, we gripe that it has gotten too big and over-reaching. (It is.) We complain that the President is abusing the use of Executive Orders. (He is.) We talk about how we hate politics and politicians alike because it’s all dirty. Well folks, I have news for you.
May I suggest that We the People have dropped the ball. We the People have allowed our government to spend OUR money with no oversight, no consequence and with our consent. We the People have allowed politics to get dirty because WE didn’t clean house when we needed to. We the People got lazy and spoiled. The United States Government didn’t fail us, We the People failed it.
My question then goes to you. What will you do in 2012? What will you say you did to get our country back on track? What will you do to make sure our elected officials in Washington aren’t spending our money on ridiculous legislation that makes no sense? What will you do to make sure that the President understands that Executive Orders are not to be doled out like candy on Halloween night?
Get involved. Educate not only yourself but a friend or family member. This isn’t about being Republican or Democrat in 2012, it’s about being American. Will We the People allow our leaders in Washington to continue to lead us toward the 8th and 9th circles of Dante’s Inferno? I truly hope not. But if we do, if you don’t get involved, YOU are bringing the ice water.
Thanks for reading and your support. Ted Yoho for Congress 2012