Updated: December 15, 2012 6:08AM
Voters showed they meant it in demanding better government
The campaigns are over. Now, it is clear. Four years ago when voters said that they demanded affordable health care, they meant it. In Illinois, when they said they demanded tax fairness, they meant it. And they meant it when they said promises made must be promises kept.
Yet, as we celebrate here in Illinois, there are parents putting their kids to bed wondering if tomorrow there will be a roof over their head. One out of five children go to bed hungry. Two thirds sit in overcrowded classrooms. And far too many of our citizens go without health care. Illinois is stronger and better than that. The people of Illinois have accepted the truth about the troubles that beset us. They’ve refused to be taken in by the lies of desperate men. They know that the road ahead is not without its peril. Yet nonetheless, with their face to the wind, they are prepared to meet it.
I am aware that many of my colleagues may not see this in our people. But I do. I’ve learned a great lesson while senator. I’ve learned that when you’re honest with people, even if they disagree with you and even if they happen to be of a different political persuasion, if they feel as though they can count on you to tell them the truth and to level with them about the difficulties we all face, they will stand by you.
Thank you to all who voted and who volunteered in this election no matter which side you were on. Because of you, our communities and our nation will be stronger and more prosperous than ever before. That’s the promise of America. Thank you for keeping it.
State senator, 22nd District
Grateful for support, looking ahead toward rebuilding Republican Party
Thank you. I am so proud of all our volunteers and supporters. Whether you were on the front lines making calls, knocking on doors, writing letters or just talking to friends and neighbors, make no mistake — all of you help to shape the debate about the direction of our country.
Just like you, despite my re-election, I am deeply disappointed in the overall results of this year’s election. Here in Illinois, due to district gerrymandering, we lost a significant number of talented Republican congressmen who were dedicated to the core principles of less government, fewer taxes and more personal freedoms. Needless to say, losing the presidency is a blow to our country’s free-market ideology.
As disappointed as I am in the overall results of this election cycle, I refuse to be discouraged. We still live in the greatest country in the free world. The fact that we as a country hold open and free elections is empowering and uplifting. More than 215 years after the Constitutional Convention, most people on the planet still do not have the right to vote.
During the next few weeks, political pundits and our own leadership will be debating the future of the Republican Party — what we lack, what we need to adjust and how we are to move forward in an ever-changing world. No doubt, we as a party have to re-evaluate our strategies, our messaging, and we must find ways to increase our voter pool. These are healthy debates, and I am looking forward to being part of those debates and helping to rebuild the Republican Party.
Again, I can’t thank you enough for all your sacrifices. We may be down today, but we will move forward, and we will continue fighting for responsible leadership and responsible solutions to our country’s problems. We do this because we love our country and because we want future generations to prosper and to achieve the American Dream.
Congressman, 14th District