It was heartening as well to hear from Congressman Joe Pitts, chairman of the Values Action Team in the House of Representatives. Congressman Pitts highlighted several victories of 2005, including a bill authorizing federal funding for the collection and storage of umbilical cord blood, Terri's Law and increased funds for abstinence education.
Pitts also identified several priorities for 2006. The top one -- not surprisingly, given that it underpins our very society -- is marriage. VAT will also push for the Unborn Child Pain Awareness Act (promoting the humanity of the unborn child), legislation that would prohibit human cloning and the "morning after" pill, as well as several bills that would promote religious liberties.
The message here, folks, is that there is hope. There is reason to be optimistic. There is reason to roll up your sleeves and fight like never before to help create the America of your dreams. The wise and brave conservative members, and others of both parties elsewhere in government, are ready to lead us to victory. They are committed, as Congressman Pence said, to:
"Harness this moment to steer ourselves back to dance with what brung us -- traditional moral values without apology, fiscal restraint, limiting government, the sanctity of life, and the sanctity of marriage. It is not enough for us to change how lobbyists spend their money, we have to change the way we spend the people's money. It's not enough to do lobbying reform, we have to do budget reform. We must marry fiscal and moral renewal in our agenda, and leverage one with the other."
Pence reminded his listeners of the importance of teamwork when he referenced Proverbs 24:6: "For by wise counsel thou shalt make thy war: and in multitude of counsellors there is safety."
The American people are hungry for integrity, for truth, and for heroes they can follow. Yes, these principled members of government face many challenges, but so did our Founding Fathers. May this second Revolution be one of restoring moral order in government.
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