A MESSAGE FROM TONY
“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.” Ronald Reagan, 40th President of the United States of America
Perhaps because it is Memorial Day as I write this message, the ideal of freedom especially occupies my thoughts - freedom under siege, under attack, becoming extinct, just one generation away from being lost… Ronald Reagan made this point so long ago it seems. Whether I am attending an event or driving and walking my district, freedom and the fact that it can be lost unless We the People actively grasp it never leaves my mind.
I really like going door to door meeting the constituents of the 41st District. I encounter some of the most interesting people. Let me tell you, knocking on doors was a real challenge during the petition drive; I was on new ground asking people to sign my petition so I could be placed on the ballot. There were a lot of questions both spoken and unspoken such as, “Who is this guy coming to my home asking me to support him?” My youngest daughter, Rebekah, was with me most of the time. As I knocked on doors I reminded myself that I was doing this for her. When I saw children in someone’s home, I knew I was doing this for them. When I made eye contact with the people at their doors, I was doing this for them. They may not have known or understood it, but I was on a mission - not only to get the necessary signatures to be placed on the ballot (mission long since accomplished), but to succeed in becoming their representative voice in the Kansas Legislature. And that voice will fight for the Constitution and the freedoms that so many before us have sacrificed to preserve.
It’s a bit different now when I go door to door. Now I am the Republican candidate for the 41st District. My mission is still the same- the fight for freedom. I am in the fight for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness - freedoms endowed to us by our Creator which cannot be taken away yet rights that are being trampled even as you read this message.
Some people believe freedom is simply doing whatever we want whenever we want as long as we are not hurting anyone else. Others believe that freedom stems from government taking care of every aspect of their lives. I contend, however, that the former eventually leads to chaos and the latter to dependency. Neither leads to freedom.
“Freedom is not the right to do what we want, but what we ought. . .” Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of the United States of America
If we only think of ourselves and what we want, we will lose our freedom. If we only care about what someone or some entity will give us we will lose our freedom. If we are apathetic we will give our hard-won freedom away with both hands! We the People must stand and demand our right to freedom and take action to protect it or we will lose it!
“Those who profess to favor freedom and yet depreciate agitation are people who want crops without ploughing the ground; they want rain without thunder and lightning; they want the ocean without the roar of its many waters. The struggle may be a moral one, or it may be a physical one, or it may be both. But it must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without a demand; it never has and it never will.” Frederick Douglass (1818-1895), Writer, orator, statesman, abolitionist.
Running for public office is challenging. It takes commitment, thick skin, energy, money and volunteers. The decision to run was not an easy one but ultimately my family and I decided that standing up for freedom is the right thing to do. The challenges are worthwhile! YOU are worthwhile and your family and children are worthwhile! I am a fighter and I choose to fight for freedom come what may! My wife and kids and their families are too important to me for me to waver now. What I know to be true is worth all the effort and toil. We are at a critical moment in our country and it is time for action! I made the choice a long time ago to finish the race set before me. God’s will, purpose, and plan whatever and wherever that takes me will prevail. Right now for me and hopefully for you, that purpose is the fight for freedom and the foundations of our country during this critical hour.
I want to close this message with a powerful quote:
“We who lived in concentration camps can remember the men who walked through the huts comforting others, giving away their last piece of bread. They may have been few in number, but they offer sufficient proof that everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms -- to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one's own way.” Victor Frankl, (1905 –1997) Austrian neurologist and psychiatrist, Holocaust survivor.
I ask you to choose your attitude and to choose your own way. If after exploring my website you believe that I am a candidate you can support, please do so with your time, your talent, or financially as you are able.
May God bless you and your families on this and every Memorial Day and may we always remember the sacrifices made by so many.