Editor’s note: This commentary is by Deb Billado, chairwoman of the Vermont GOP.
As we draw to the end of the year and decade, our economy is the envy of the world, the stock market is hitting all time highs, wages are up, and unemployment is down. This should provide for even greater hope for 2020 and beyond. And yet there are dark clouds of danger on the horizon that we cannot ignore. While we will always have foreign powers who oppose our republic, the major storms look as if they will come from within.
Our duly elected president has just been impeached by a Democrat House without having been charged with a crime, and his good-for-America programs are opposed solely because Democrats cannot accept his 2016 election. Democrat/Progressives are committed to leading us down an anti-American, socialist path. While capitalism is still favored, knowing the many failures of socialism, it is hard to understand how “positive views of socialism are up 8 points among Democrats and now stand at 51 percent.” And yet it is so, and the numbers are trending upward. Many of these same Democrats are teaching and indoctrinating our children in public schools, and that dictates a clear need for universal school choice for our future leaders.
We have a rich legacy left to us by our founders, but the journey cannot safely be continued if left on autopilot. Our Republican principles must be inculcated into our youth so they know what it was that made America the great nation, for with that knowledge will come the will to fight back. We can only live so long leaning on the pillars our forefathers built for u — for when they are undermined and evidence of those are gone, and people do not share what they know to be the truth to our young, we will not be able to survive as a free nation.
Vermont is controlled by a Democrat/Progressive supermajority, but we must not accept that it will always be that way. We must undo this domination, and a new year is the perfect time to begin. But to do it we must resolve to:
1. Read, study and talk to our children, grandchildren and others about our Constitution.
2. Vote in every election and do it as if our vote will be the one that makes the difference.
3. Encourage people to register and vote.
4. Consider running for office or encourage others to do that.
5. Fight for school choice and local control of our communities.
6. Support the efforts of the VTGOP by donating money to help do that.
7. Get to know my elected Representatives and communicate regularly with them on what is expected from them.
8. Hold politicians and those in authority accountable for their wrongful acts.
9. Encourage and praise politicians when they do the proper things.
10. Never compromise on the principles that make us conservative Republicans while at the same time respecting those who do not agree with us.
11. Write a concise letter to the editor on conservative issues in a factual, well-constructed way.
12. Unapologetically challenge the negative culture on social media in a positive way.
13. Stand up against those who improperly speak ill of our president.
14. Remind people that Joe Biden and his son Hunter are guilty of the things that President Trump has been accused of regarding Ukraine.
15. Dedicate myself to making Vermont’s political landscape colored a “rosy Republican red.”
16. Remind myself daily that as important as politics are, the things that happen in our lives with our families, in our homes, our schools and churches are the most important things.
We must not accept those who would discourage us from doing what is right and true in order to preserve our republic. If we are faithful, the liberty and justice miracle that is America will survive, and once more our one nation, under God, indivisible, will be great again, and be that shining city upon the hill.
I wish a happy and prosperous New Year to you and your families. I would love to hear from you on the resolutions you have made to better our Vermont condition.