And In This Corner.... Election Thoughts 4/10/23
“And In This Corner...”
Russ Otten, RPSC Chair
Fellow Patriots and RPSC Members, it's taken a few days to wrap my head around the election results of Tuesday! Beyond Trey's re-election, not one of our candidates for SASD Board or Common Council won! That is truly mind-boggling and difficult to accept. We will discuss that more at our RPSC Board meeting tonight and certainly in detail at our HOWSE meeting next Monday at Braveheart.
I want to express my gratitude to each of you in our movement who worked so hard over the last weeks, months, and year! What you did is nothing short of incredible! You have laid the foundation and format for Spring elections for many years to come. And to our wonderful candidates, thank you for sacrificing your time and talent in your quest to serve. I can only imagine the spectrum of emotions that you experienced before and on last Tuesday. Our deep gratitude to each of you!
What happened last Tuesday is a direct result of several actions and inactions by people in key positions. I will touch on them now and elaborate on each in the near future. First, abortion is a LIFE and DEATH issue that will forever divide our nation, our state, and our community. When our own Republican legislators in March introduced a bill that did not defend LIFE from conception, it undercut and doomed Justice Dan Kelly! It doomed our down-ballot candidates for School Board and Common Council. It doomed all of us! Last time I checked, LIFE from conception was one of the pillars of our GOP platform.
Second, HOWSE (How to Win Spring Elections) was an overwhelming success. Over 40 people were engaged on this team. Key issues were identified. Phenomenal candidates came forward that stood for and expressed Godly values. The Dems finally admitted that local elections are partisan and spent thousands of dollars to counter our efforts. Many generous donors emerged due to our involvement in local elections. The voters who heard our message (many via radio ads) responded positively. (We will need to get the word out before early voting next Spring.) The liberals have developed a network over the last 40 years. In just one year, HOWSE emerged as a powerhouse that landed many blows this April; just not enough to win. That will change!
Third, our Christian churches once again chose to stay silent on un-Biblical actions taken by our civic and school leaders. We live in a Mayberry RFD- like community, yet have Sodom and Gomorrah-like leaders bent on destroying our way of life and polluting the minds of our children.
We have many Bible-believing, evangelical, Lutheran, and Catholic churches in our county. It is incumbent on us to influence these churches and their pastors to address what is happening right in front of us.
Finally, it is not coincidental that Holy Week was the same week as elections. Nothing is coincidental with God. Our true victory is when we believe in Jesus Christ as our Savior. He died so we might be with Him forever. Yes, we chase victories in this life. And if we do that to honor Him, He will bless us. But I pray that each of you will seize His gift and claim the ultimate victory.
God bless you all!