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Conservatively Speaking

State Senator Mary Lazich (R-New Berlin) represents parts of four counties: Milwaukee, Waukesha, Racine, and Walworth. Her Senate District 28 includes New Berlin, Franklin, Greendale, Hales Corners, Muskego, Waterford, Big Bend, the town of Vernon and parts of Greenfield, East Troy, and Mukwonago. Senator Lazich has been in the Legislature for more than a decade. She considers herself a tireless crusader for lower taxes, reduced spending and smaller government.

Thanksgiving

A time to reflect and be thankful for:

The chance to spend this holiday with family;

Wisconsin’s beautiful seasons and colors;

A safe and successful hunting season;

The bounty so prevalent that most of us enjoy Thanksgiving Day;

The sense of charity that pervades America and spreads bounty to those in need.

The act of giving that opens our hearts and shows us the joy of sharing makes us better people. 

We can be thankful the election cycle has ended. As ugly and frustrating as it can be, we are thankful that it exists. 

Thoughts of elections lead me to reflect on thankfulness for the brave men and women that fight for the existence of our country's form of government and the existence of elections.  Thankful thoughts of our military brings mixed thoughts of pride and melancholy as we approach holidays and think about the brave so far from home. 

Republicans and conservatives have cause to be thankful this year. Election success during 2010 will advance the agenda of smaller government and less taxes.  The Thanksgiving image of pilgrims and the founding fathers principle of individualism bring thankful thoughts of the growth of a country that grew successful and powerful on the backs of the free market and private property.

While Republicans and conservatives are grateful for this most recent election, we can also be grateful for the two preceding elections. During 2006 and 2008, while liberals and Democrats were the runaway winners, and began an enormous push for a government that seemingly can give us everything we want, we learned that it results in taking almost everything we have.

Democrats and liberals have reason to be thankful.  While they suffer election defeat, they have opportunity in our free country to fight another day. 

Our Founding Fathers devised a system to ward off absolute political power, allowing the political pendulum to swing.  While the party in power has all the spoils, the people still maintain ultimate control via the ballot box.

Losers find that frustrating. However, if one could hold complete power, then one day someone else will hold complete power, and it may not be pretty. 

We have a political system that encourages discourse. Our arguments become angry at times, and this makes us uncomfortable.  However, we have the best form of government in the world, derived from a participatory electorate.  And, that is something to be thankful for. 

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