I’d like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a happy New Year. For many, possibly for most, my hope is that they will be merrier and happier than the last two.
I’d like to challenge everyone who reads this to think about what they might do to make the holidays, both religious and secular, happier for all Americans and for people everywhere.
I believe that this country remains the best hope for much of the world. Founders from Washington and Jefferson to Franklin and Adams felt that the only hope for the republic they created lay in a citizenry well educated and informed, virtuous and fair-minded. As our democracy has been extended to more and more of the population, this does not change.
For more than a hundred years we Americans have, in varying degrees, tried to push our ideas of government on much of the rest of the world. In doing so, we have begun to lose much of what our form of government has to offer both ourselves and the rest of the world.
At this time when people seek peace and make New-Year’s resolutions, I challenge you to do all you can to make yourself that educated, informed, fair-minded and virtuous citizen and voter. None of us are perfect, but as we enter another election year, let us try again to become an example of freedom and justice for the world, not a world-policeman or an empire.
Richard J. Davis, D.D.S.
Libertarian candidate for Congress