Wisconsin Values

This week’s radio commentary…

I don’t know about you, but everywhere I turn lately I keep hearing about Wisconsin values. On the one hand, I hear that collective bargaining, workers’ rights or conservation efforts constitute Wisconsin values. And then I’ll hear that, actually gun rights, low taxes or a good business environment constitute Wisconsin values. So many values! But what are the fundamental values that really make Wisconsin work? Frankly, they’re the values we hold the most dear – family, life and liberty.

Those were the values that surprised the media years ago when they discovered how many people go to the polls because they’re concerned about things such as marriage, unborn babies, religious liberty and strong families.

We understand that those values, those fundamental values, are the foundation on which the house of Wisconsin is built. Without strong families, without the right to life, without religious liberty and all the 1st Amendment rights, without the institution of marriage—our state will crumble.

Don’t let anyone tell you that these recall elections are just about collective bargaining, Scott Walker, the Republican majorities in the state legislature or taxing the rich, the middle class or the poor. Those are all valid issues but they are just surface issues.

On November 2, 2010, we the people of the sovereign state of Wisconsin voted in to power a governor and legislative majorities that promised to pay attention to their constituencies, to put the state’s fiscal house in order, to create a better business environment in Wisconsin, to bring new jobs and to uphold the values that uphold the prosperity and future of Wisconsin.

That’s what we were told, and to date, some of those promises have been fulfilled. However, it’s just the beginning—there is so much more work to do. We need to hold those reelected or newly elected officials accountable, and we need to support and champion their pro-life, pro-family initiatives and ensure those promises are kept.

But here we are facing nine State Senate recall elections that could change the majority of the State Senate and the legislative agenda we voted in on November 2, 2010. And with that change in majority we would be back to basically the same State Senate we voted out of power last November. And where would that put us? If you think it just means we’re back fighting about collective bargaining and tax cuts for businesses, you’re wrong.

I wish I could show you what we see in our office so that I could impress you with the gravity of the situation our state is now facing. Do you realize that organizations such as Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin, Fair Wisconsin, the state’s largest pro-homosexual organization, and other groups that are fundamentally anti-life, anti-marriage and anti-Christianity are working hard and spending a great deal of money to unseat pro-life, pro-family State Senators in the recall election?

They are doing this because they are desperate to stop the work of organizations such as Wisconsin Family Council, Pro-Life Wisconsin and Wisconsin Right to Life and individuallegislators such as Reps. Andre Jacque (R-Bellevue), Evan Wynn (R-Whitewater) and Sens. Rich Zipperer (R-Pewaukee), Pamela Galloway (R-Wausau) and Dan Kapanke (R-La Crosse) and many others!

They know that the pro-life, pro-family movement in Wisconsin means business and they’re afraid we’re going to get our work done. So they’re milking the recall elections for all they are worth to try to stop us, stop you and stop the legislators you voted into office last November.

That’s why these recall elections affect all of us, even those of us who don’t live in one of the recall districts. For those of you who live in the districts—vote your values! But don’t wait until Election Day to start protecting your values. You can get involved right now. Even if you don’t live in the district, you can still get involved. There’s plenty for everyone to do!

Are you ready to protect your values? Are you ready to protect that vote you cast last November and the legislative initiatives you want to see accomplished in Wisconsin? If so, then go to wifamilyaction.org and click on “Take Action” to find out how you can get involved. Or, you can contact our office at 888-378-7395.

Don’t let all the values talk distract you from what’s really at stake in these recall elections. If you don’t protect your values, who will?

This is Julaine Appling for Wisconsin Family Council reminding you the Prophet Hosea said, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.”

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Voting: A Matter of Stewardship

Today’s radio commentary:

Today is Election Day. Every political ad, every phone call, every piece of campaign literature we’ve received has tried to keep the election front and center in our thinking. Unfortunately, all of the slandering and lying that typifies so many elections and individual races may have soured you to politics, and to voting.

I hope and pray, however, that you can parse through the political debris swirling around you, and understand not only who you are voting for, but also what an incredible Christian duty and privilege it is to vote.

We have the great privilege to choose our leaders in this country. It’s a God-given right that comes with a responsibility of Christian stewardship.

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