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by Judy Rice
Clash Daily Contributor

“Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” – John Adams

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines a republic like this: A government in which supreme power is held by the citizens entitled to vote and is exercised by elected officials and representatives governing according to the law; a nation or other political unit having such a form of government.

Notice the definition says that the power is held by the citizens. Here in America that still holds true for now at least. We wouldn’t even be seeing all the campaigning by the politicians if they believe that the average citizens’ vote doesn’t make a difference. Now is the time to take a look at what happened in the most recent elections. I am not a political analyst, but it seems to me that it might be important to take a close look at how the people in your community and state voted. I suspect many of you want to just pull the covers over your head and go back to sleep, but haven’t we done that too many times already? I believe now is the time for We the People to get busy informing ourselves so we will be better prepared to make the best decision possible when we cast our votes in 2016.

Everyone can now ask themselves these simple questions: Do the elected officials in your community and state honestly represent you? Do they represent the majority of people in your state and/or local community? Why or why not? Did you vote? How did you vote? Did your vote represent your core values and principles? What was important to you and those around you? Was there even a good choice for you on that ballot? What did you do about that?

Allow me to give you an example to illustrate my basic point. I live in Illinois. The election for our governor was between Pat Quinn (D) and Bruce Rauner (R). Both names were on the ballot and then there was the “other” option. There was much debate about how to vote in this particular election. Rauner had the (R) next to his name, but when you take a look at the Republican political platform you will find that although his fiscal policies favor the Republican view, his stand on controversial social issues were more consistent with the Democratic political platform.

Rauner admitted to being pro-choice at times, but overall his stance seemed very wishy washy to me. He seemed to not want to take a clear stand that consistently aligns with the Republican platform, yet too many still pretended that we actually had a Republican candidate on the ballot. He sounded like so many people do.

I hear too many people saying they are pro-choice, but we should try to reduce the number of abortions. Some say they are pro-life, but it is ok to have an abortion if a woman is raped. Too many have different variations and too many aren’t taking a clear stand. Isn’t this all still saying that sometimes it is ok to kill a baby? Why are we so afraid to give an absolute answer anymore?

Well, let’s go back to my first two simple questions: Does Bruce Rauner represent honestly represent me? Nope. My stance is clear. No abortions under any circumstances. I am not afraid to be clear about my views. Life is precious. Never should any innocent human life be destroyed under any circumstance.

Question number two: Does Bruce Rauner represent the majority of people in my state and/or local community? Unfortunately, from my informal observations and personal conversations, I would answer, “Yes.” Rauner promised to balance Illinois’s budget amongst other fiscal changes. Many people in Illinois are hurting financially and want that problem to be solved.

The unfortunate part is that too many don’t care to comment or take a stand against the real evil taking place in our state and country. Babies are being killed by their mothers and our families are being destroyed. Even though many may still believe that a mom and a dad raising their own children is the best for a child, they are not willing to talk about this or take a stand. Are we surprised that some of our elected officials won’t take a clear stand either? What makes me sad is that I believe he does represent We the People. Certainly not all of us, but too many of us.

I chose the “other” option. I couldn’t vote for any man that can’t clearly state that he agrees with God’s commandment. You shall not kill. That is pretty clear, isn’t it? Why do we make things so complicated? Our founding fathers understood that America will stay free as long as the people stay moral and religious. When is killing an innocent life ever moral or religious? Do we want leaders that don’t believe that all human life should be protected to represent us? I suspect now is the time to take time to clarify our own views on the issues that matter most.


Judy RiceJudy Rice is the proud mother of teenage triplets, Jillian, Spencer and Derek and wife to Gary, one of the most loving, hardworking, honorable men in the world. She is a Christian who is a huge fan of traditional marriage, freedom, and is pro- life to the core. She has a Masters in Counseling from DePaul University in Chicago and a Bachelors degree in Communications from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Before kids, she worked as a counselor, advisor and teacher at the university level. She clarified her world view in her thirties and believes her most valuable education continues to come from reading the Bible, reading in general, listening, paying attention and participating in meaningful communication wherever it occurs.