Special Interest Candidate Survey Attachments

BIFEC | Illinois Citizens for Life

The links above are to attachments the candidate included when returning his completed survey to the special interest. The campaign will post them as time permits. They are disclosed for the education of the voter. Those posted are those I took the time to fill out. I believe I have a very good chance of winning their endorsement since my stance is very close to theirs on many issues.

The web version of the attachment may differ somewhat from that sent to the special interest in that I have provided links to websites and clarified or expanded upon my reasoning. If the voter wishes the exact attachment, they may contact the special interest to which the attachment is addressed.

Many special interests send out surveys to the candidates on issues of concern to them and their members. This is a perfectly legitimate thing to do. I look forward to working with these groups to hear their concerns and receive their data and arguments supporting their positions.

Almost every group seeks a special and advantageous privilege from government through funding or legislation. This competition amongst the special interests yields a political system whereby unprincipled candidates and incumbents promise the Federal treasury and preferable treatment though legislation to those groups that can deliver the vote. This has led America into the situation we have been warned about for centuries and which has been the death of prior Republics.

It should be stressed that not all groups sending these surveys seek special privilege or federal funding. It should also be stressed that those that do, do not necessarily seek the privilege or funding maliciously or with intent to be destructive to the Republic, but the accumulative effect is just that. The following quotes do a much better job of putting this thought into focus.
" The state is the great fiction by which everybody tries to live at the expense of everyone else."
-- Frederic Bastiat --

" The American Republic will endure, until politicians realize they can bribe the people with their own money."
-- Alexis de Tocqueville --

The Fall Of A Republic
When the thirteen colonies were still a part of England, Professor Alexander Tyler wrote about the fall of the Athenian republic over two thousand years previous to that time:

" A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves money from the public treasure. From that moment on the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most money from the public treasury, with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy followed by a dictatorship. The average age of the world's great civilizations has been two hundred years. These nations have progressed through the following sequence:
from bondage to spiritual faith,
from spiritual faith to great courage,
from courage to liberty,
from liberty to abundance,
from abundance to selfishness,
from selfishness to complacency,
from complacency to apathy,
from apathy to dependency,
from dependency back to bondage."
-- Alexander Tyler --