Christmas is an opportunity to take a step back from our busy lives to spend time with family and to celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. I wanted to take this opportunity to wish you all a very Merry Christmas, and I hope you’ll take a minute to remember those who are out of work and those serving in the military this holiday season.
With the commercialization of Christmas never being worse than it is today, sometimes it’s best to remember the true spirit of the holiday and give back to our communities. Today, I’ll be spending some time with wounded veterans who are spending Christmas here in South Carolina. We should all be thankful for the courageous soldiers who have served or are currently serving in the military, who have literally fought for our ability to exercise religious freedom and celebrate Christmas without fear of persecution.
Nearly every family who celebrates Christmas has some type of tradition they hold dear. For the Duncan Family, one extra special holiday tradition has been to bake a birthday cake every year for Jesus’ birthday. No matter how busy the Christmas season can become, looking at that cake reminds me what the presents, Christmas lights, and fruitcake is all about.
For these reasons, I have chosen to dedicate this segment in our “I Believe” series to the Christmas holiday.
I Believe in Christmas
I believe in helping my fellow man
I believe religious organizations, non-profits, and dedicated individuals can do more to help those in need than the federal government
I believe it’s wrong to schedule a vote on the government take over of health care on Christmas Eve when Americans are distracted by the joys of the holiday
I believe the Constitution of the United States is very clear that Americans have the freedom OF religion, not freedom FROM religion
I believe it’s wrong to try to hide the true meaning of Christmas, the celebration of the birth of Jesus from the public arena
I believe the best Christmas gift America could receive this year would be for Democrats in Congress to realize that a government take over of health care is wrong
I believe is all of these things, and that is part of the reason why I’m running for United States Congress.
What do you believe? What are your concerns? E-mail me at [email protected] with the issues you would like me to address in our “I Believe” series.
Rep. Jeff Duncan is Chairman of the South Carolina House Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Environmental Affairs Committee. He is a life-time member of the NRA, and holds an A+ rating from the South Carolina Club for Growth. He is currently running for United States Congress in South Carolina’s Third Congressional District. www.JeffDuncan.com