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Reports from Your Government

Posted by on January 26, 2015 in Capitol Reports, Recent | 0 comments

Reports from Your Government

I think the currency of leadership is transparency. You’ve got to be truthful. I don’t think you should be vulnerable every day, but there are moments where you’ve got to share your soul and conscience with people and show them who you are, and not be afraid of it.

— Howard  Shultz

Last week included three reports from branches of the state and federal governments. The President’s State of the Union address from Washington D.C.; the State of the State Address from Missouri’s governor; and the State of the Judiciary address from Missouri Supreme Court Chief Justice Mary R. Russell. Both of the State addresses are presented annually to a joint session of the Missouri Legislature. As you know, the two chief executives are elected while the Supreme Court Justices are appointed. It was interesting that only one of the three reports mentioned came anywhere close to Mr. Shultz’s description of leadership. Out of the three addresses, the sole example of leadership was from Chief Justice Mary R. Russell.

Does it surprise you as much as it did me that the branch of state government that showed genuine leadership was the one that Federalist 78 describes as the weakest of the three because it had, as Alexander Hamilton put it, “no influence over either the sword or the purse, …It may truly be said to have neither FORCE nor WILL, but merely judgment.” That is why the judiciary properly issues opinions rather than rulings.

Judge Russell and I may sometimes disagree over judicial opinions, but her lucidity, sincerity, and personal integrity are never in question. As Missouri’s top judicial officer, Judge Russell has already done much to assess and improve access to the courts across Missouri. Her remarks expressed an ongoing, personal commitment to justice and a determination to make the courts more accessible and easier to navigate – even from your home computer. Judge Russell’s candor and straightforward presentation of her vision for Missouri courts was a refreshing contrast to the two executive branch reports offered earlier in the week.

After the governor’s speech the night of Jan. 21, a legislative colleague remarked how similar it was to the State of the Union Address the night before. Their observation was of countless platitudes and promises of government handouts without detail about the path or payee. There were also frequent rebukes to the majority party, who had been heavily preferred in the November election, for their policies on things like Medicaid expansion. I like the governor, personally, but had to agree.

I was disappointed in the vague generalities of panacea, amply distributed but without direction for their achievement. The governor’s budget proposal for 2014 has been off by approximately $800,000,000, and I fear the 2015 budget proposal may be worse. The governor’s description of Medicaid funding was a glaring violation of Mr. Schultz’s principles of leadership quoted above.

The governor has either been seriously misinformed, or he deliberately misinformed his constituents. He suggested that millions of Missouri’s taxpayer dollars would be lost to other states. Medicaid is, in fact, a need-based program which means that Missouri’s decline of Federal debt (there are no more federal dollars) will not go to another state but simply will not be spent and therefore will not be laid at the feet of your children.  The most positive part of the governor’s speech was his commitment to work more closely with the Legislature. We have already seen evidence of that as we deal with education issues, so I hope it continues.

Finally, regarding the State of the Union Address on the night of Jan. 20, that address sounded more like a community organizer than a president. Faced with the most Republican Congress of his presidency and a glaring rejection of his policies in the November election, the president’s remarks sounded ideologically resolute. It was what I expected, but not what I had hoped for. The speech was consistent with his pseudo title of the “imperial president.”

Thank you for reading this legislative report. You can contact my office at (573) 751-2108 if you have any questions. Thank you and we welcome your prayers for the proper application of state government.

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Service Before Self

Posted by on January 20, 2015 in Capitol Reports, Recent | 0 comments

Service Before Self

“Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends.”   — The Apostle John

Wednesday (Jan. 14) was a difficult day; it included a drive from Jefferson City back to my district for two funerals. One was for a 33-year-old husband and father, the son of a close friend. The other was for a 41-year-old firefighter, resulting from an emergency call. He left a wife and two young sons. It is these newly widowed wives and fatherless children that remind us of the value of an individual life. Both families are families of faith, and I know they would value your prayers as they face an unexpected and uncertain future.

The firefighter funeral included full honors to memorialize a loss that occurred in the line-of-duty. This was my first such service, and it was an impressive and sobering event, involving numerous emergency-response vehicles and hundreds of uniformed public servants – many of which traveled great distance to participate. It was a clear reminder of the oft-quoted description that when others are rushing out, these are the men and women who rush in. The expression applies equally to firefighters, law enforcement, and members of the military. These are the brave people who choose to temporarily set aside their own lives, families, and possessions to instead protect the lives, families, and possessions of those they serve. It is unlikely there is any love more genuine than this.

Deaths like these always remind me of the frailty of this life and the importance of the next. They instruct me to keep relationships up-to-date and fully healed. Isn’t it interesting how a sudden and untimely death can focus our attention on the importance both of the moment and of eternity? We cannot set the span of a relationship, but we can set the tone. We can acknowledge and honor its significance. I welcome your prayers as I strive for that perspective during this legislative session – with my family, my constituents and my Senate colleagues.

Thank you for reading this legislative report. You can contact my office at (573) 751-2108 if you have any questions. Thank you and we welcome your prayers for the proper application of state government.

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2015 Legislative Session Begins

Posted by on January 9, 2015 in Capitol Reports, Recent | 0 comments

2015 Legislative Session Begins

“…to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed…”   —  The Declaration of Independence

This week began the 98th General Assembly – the 2015 legislative session. The President Pro Tem of the Missouri Senate, Sen. Tom Dempsey, R-Town and Country, identified three of his priorities: agriculture legislation, education reforms, and judiciary reforms. Only judiciary reforms were new to this legislative session; the other two were priorities last year but were blocked by the governor’s veto pen.

Legislation for the 2015 Session can be filed through Feb. 26, and all legislation that I have sponsored or co-sponsored can be found on the Senate Website:www.senate.mo.gov/15info/bts_web/sponsoredby.aspx?SessionType=R&legislatorid=406.

Most of the bills listed have been filed in prior years and are not new to either proponents or opponents. Your comments, suggestions or questions on any of these issues are welcome and encouraged.

In the case of almost any legislative initiative, I will have constituents on both sides. Such is the nature and necessity of government. If we all agreed all the time, there would be little need for civil government. We have elections because we don’t all agree all the time. Elections can provide direction. The absence of direction is the worst possible scenario. I contend that the purpose of campaigning for public office is to effectively communicate direction – the direction that the candidate is likely to lead if elected. The actual vote is the public’s empowerment of the people to choose the majority’s preferred direction.

The November 2014 general election represented a clear proclamation from citizens across the country that the people have taken notice of the direction of Washington D.C., and they do not like it. The dissatisfaction affected federal, state, and even local elections; I could give examples just from my Senate District. The unpopularity of Obamacare had a profound impact, but I argue that even more offensive to the public is the arrogance that policy reflects regardless of the political party. Besides Obamacare, another example is the proliferation of executive orders in violation of clear constitutional jurisdictions. If there is a silver-lining, it is that Americans and Missourians are reawakening to our personal responsibility to keep a watchful eye on government.

As we enter the 2015 legislative session, it is important to me that my legislative agenda is consistent with the fundamentals of good government as I see them and commit myself to them whether in campaigns, forums or conversations. The oath of office that every Missouri officeholder must take is simple – we promise that we will support the Constitutions of the U.S. and of Missouri and that we won’t take bribes. I am sure it disappoints some citizens when we seem to be favoring interest groups ahead of our oath.

My goal in the new session is to be ever more attentive to identify proposals that seem inconsistent with my oath of office. I hope I will have the courage to oppose even my friends when our collective action, no matter how well intentioned, puts any other interest ahead of protecting individual liberty and economic freedom. That is what our Constitution(s) are devised to preserve. Next week I hope to examine further – “the consent of the governed.” I welcome your prayers and petitions.

Thank you for reading this legislative report. You can contact my office at (573) 751-2108 if you have any questions. Thank you and we welcome your prayers for the proper application of state government.

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Thank you, Veterans!

Posted by on November 11, 2014 in Recent | 0 comments

Thank you, Veterans!

“Greater love hath no man that this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” Whether bearing arms, supplying the front lines or supporting and serving stateside, whether draftee or volunteer, each uniformed American signed a blank check to lay down their life for their friends if called upon.

The spouses of warriors, without rank or recognition, may not have served in the military but they served the military by securing the home and waiting without assurances. They could not join the fight, but they shared the cost and often bore it alone.

God granted our liberty, but it is the United States military that must repeatedly defend it against tyrants and terrorists. There will always be those who crave power more than freedom, so there must always be a few who are willing to lay down their lives for their friends.

Thank you, veterans and those still serving at home and abroad, for being among those few. May the God of creation bless you and our exceptional country.

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Points of Light

Posted by on September 29, 2014 in Capitol Reports, Recent | 0 comments

Points of Light

“Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father.”  Jesus Christ

President George H. W. Bush popularized the phrase “a thousand points of light” when speaking of organizations that work for a better America. I visited two such organizations in the past few weeks. Just last week (Sept. 25th), my wife and I attended the 25th anniversary celebration of Life Choices of Joplin. They also have a services location in Carthage and continue to grow and expand not just geographically but also in the demographics they serve. Their tag line is “choose to know,” and their most fundamental outreach is assisting young people facing a sexual health crisis to be fully informed in order to make wise decisions.

Life Choices continues to assess the sexual health issues of our day and address them with medically accurate and age-appropriate curriculums. They work with teenagers throughout Jasper County to encourage healthy discussion between parents and teens. Unimaginable peer pressure, plus the youthful delusion of indestructibility, push teens toward risky behaviors that have life-long consequences. Be encouraged: Life Choices is helping students to overcome destructive pressure by empowering them with a stronger sense of who they are and what enduring rewards await those who make wise choices.

The tireless, selfless staff of Life Choices is seeing unparalleled success as they approach daily challenges with life affirming values. None can deny that because of their 25 years of service to the community, there are thousands of children alive today who would not be. Additionally, there are countless families intact and functioning today that would not exist were it not for Life Choices. Life Choices is more than a “point of light,” it is more than a beacon; it truly “shines forth as the sun.”

Another point of light I discovered recently in Cass County is the Ray-Pec Community Alliance whose mission is “to promote and support healthy communities across Raymore and Peculiar.” They invited me to visit their site a few weeks ago during an open house for parents and the community. What an impressive beginning to a truly visionary mission! Their volunteers are skilled and enthusiastic; their physical facilities are top-notch and should be extremely inviting to youth who would like to build and cultivate genuine friendships in a safe and supervised environment.

The Ray-Pec Community Alliance was still inviting volunteers and donations when I visited, and I am sure they still are. You will be encouraged to go online and check out their website. You can find the schedule of events as well as a list of items they still need to “finish-out” the recreation and relaxation areas of their building. Our teens are continually bombarded with pressures to ignore moral absolutes and violate their God-given consciences. This group in Cass County refuses to take these lifestyle assaults lying down and are raising up a standard against it.

Two points of light: one celebrating 25 years, the other just stepping into the fray to ensure that young minds and bodies have an alternative option to the drugs, alcohol, and sexual deviancy of our day. If you agree that strong families and healthy communities are crucial to the future of our state, then I encourage you to somehow be involved in one or both of these heavenly oases. Don’t miss the opportunity to help; you can add to the brightness. We cannot neglect the future; it is where we are headed.

Thank you for reading this legislative report. You can contact my office at (573) 751-2108 if you have any questions. Thank you and we welcome your prayers for the proper application of state government.

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Priorities and Perspective

Posted by on September 17, 2014 in Capitol Reports, Recent | 0 comments

Priorities and Perspective

“Put your money where your mouth is.” – This governor contrived for months to expand Medicaid and then cut dozens of budget items that would have had similar impacts.

Last Wednesday (Sept. 10) into early Thursday (Sept. 11) morning, the Missouri Senate and Missouri House each debated overriding legislation and budget line-items vetoed by the governor. By the end of the 2014 Veto Session, legislation had been overridden a record 57 times, many times with bipartisan support. Eight Senate bills, two House bills, and 47 budget line-item appropriation vetoes were successfully overridden.

It did not go unnoticed, and was openly discussed, that at the same time he was vetoing nearly 150 specific appropriations, some with no impact on general revenue and several that would provide expanded access to healthcare through programs such as ECHO (Expanding Access to Healthcare in Rural Areas), the governor had spent $550,000 just to fuel his new state-owned airplane that the auditor said was an unnecessary expenditure. It was reported that, just one month into the 2015 fiscal year, the governor’s office has spent approximately $146,000 on out-of-state travel. The appropriation line-item veto overrides presented a clear contrast of priorities between the Legislature and the governor.

The line-item overrides included:

  • Rape kits for children;
  • Defibrillators for State Water Patrol boats;
  • Alternatives to abortion services;
  • Teach for America; and
  • Funding for AP/Dual credit for low-income students.

It is likely the governor will ignore all 47 of the budget overrides and refuse to fund the items we overrode. There is little we can do to force him to fund items he refuses to fund unless we take him to court. The purest reading of his constitutional authority to exercise budget withholds is that they are authorized only if revenues fall short of budget demands, and they have not. We will watch to see how his office responds to our priorities.

The 10 legislative overrides included two pro-life bills, House Bill 1307 and HB 1132. House Bill 1307 changed the waiting period on abortions from 24 to 72 hours. The minority caucus was determined to stop the override of HB 1307 and filibustered. A previous question motion (rarely used) was required to stop the filibuster, and all but two majority party senators joined the PQ motion. The Senate then passed the bill on a party line vote. In winning the support of most of the caucus, one senator remarked that he would gladly PQ a debate to defend the life of his child, and he could do no less for someone else’s. Reason and international evidence both suggest that after contemplation some mothers will decide not to kill their unborn child. I am convinced that because of this legislation we will get to watch babies grow into adulthood, who would otherwise be killed and not be given even an unmarked grave.

Senate bills that were overridden included Senate Bills 523593656727731829841, and 866. Vetoed bills go immediately into effect once voted out of both legislative bodies, so all 10 of the overridden bills are now Missouri law.

Thank you for reading this legislative report. You can contact my office at (573) 751-2108 if you have any questions. Thank you and we welcome your prayers for the proper application of state government.
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Searching for Lynn

Posted by on July 30, 2014 in Capitol Reports, Recent | 0 comments

Searching for Lynn

I am writing this Capitol Report in hopes of helping find Lynn Messer, a 52-year-old mother and grandmother who has been missing for two weeks.

I have worked in the historic Capitol building for 12 years now. First as a representative and now as your Missouri senator for the 31st District. Since my first days at the Capitol, I have had the honor and privilege to know Kerry Messer and members of his family. For 30 years, Kerry Messer has been a fixture here at the Capitol.  Kerry and his family have dedicated themselves to making Missouri a better place to live and work.  His reputation among the Capitol community is one of integrity and perseverance as a voice for Missouri families on a wide range of policy issues. He is a respected man, doing respectable work.

No matter how much a lawmaker agrees or disagrees with Kerry at times, his motives and passion are never in question.  Kerry loves the people of Missouri and he demonstrates that love through the way he works with us at the Capitol.

Kerry’s wife, Lynn Messer, has been his biggest support through these last 30 years.  His devotion to the work and ministry of his organization, Missouri Family Network, has only been possible through the sacrifices and support of Lynn, his wife of 34 years.  As a result, we at the Capitol have a deep appreciation for Lynn Messer.

So it is with a heavy heart that I am asking you to please pray for Kerry and his family over the disappearance of his “bride.”

Sometime during the night of July 7, prior to the morning of July 8, Lynn disappeared without a trace.  Kerry and the Ste. Genevieve County Sheriff’s Department have been conducting a massive search effort, but with no success to date.

Lynn did not take any personal belongings with her. She had recently injured her foot and the boot she had been ordered to wear was also found at the Messer home.

In the days since her disappearance, hundreds of volunteers and members of law enforcement have searched the Messer Farm in St. Genevieve as well as places that hold special memories for the Messer family. No one has given up hope.

Kerry has asked that you please visit the Facebook page, “Find Lynn Messer,” located at www.facebook.com/findlynnmesser, to review the details associated with Lynn’s disappearance and the search effort for her.  From that page, you can download a missing person flyer with Lynn’s photo and a description to share with others.

Thank you for reading this legislative report. You can contact my office at (573) 751-2108 if you have any questions. We welcome your prayers for the proper application of state government.

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August Ballot Issues

Posted by on July 15, 2014 in Capitol Reports, Recent | 0 comments

August Ballot Issues

First, my apologies for the long intermission between Capitol Reports, I hope to do better in the coming weeks. August 5 is the Missouri primary election, and there will be five issues for voters to decide. I support three of those issues and oppose two. The amendments are listed below, followed by brief descriptions of the reasons for my support or opposition.

Amendment 1 – Agriculture

  • Guarantees farmers and ranchers the right to engage in their livelihoods, produce food for others

Amendment 5 – Firearms

  • Establishes the right to keep and bear arms, ammunition and accessories

Amendment 7 – Taxes

  • Increases state sales and use taxes for 10 years to fund transportation projects

Amendment 8 – Lottery

  • Creates new lottery ticket with profits going toward veterans’ programs

Amendment 9 – Civil Rights

  • Protects electronic data from unreasonable searches and seizures

Amendment 1: I will vote YES.
Amendment 1 is designed to constitutionally protect all Missouri farmers, ranging from the person with six steers in the back yard to mega operations with thousands of acres. There are liberal groups who oppose Amendment 1 and are trying to confuse the Farming Rights amendment. A concern over foreign ownership of Missouri farmland is a red herring because foreign ownership of Missouri farm land is capped by law at 1 percent and currently stands at .29 percent. One of these liberal groups is the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), which employs a former Missouri lieutenant governor.  This is the same organization that nearly put the canine breeding industry out of business in Missouri with their Proposition B campaign. A few conservatives oppose Amendment 1 due to their concern about the possibility of inappropriate protections for GMO merchants. However, Senate legal staff has assured me that although Amendment 1 may affect the legal environment of GMO’s, it does not impair the courts in the case of lawsuits.

Amendment 5: I will vote YES.
This amendment affirms the duty of elected officials to protect your right to keep and bear arms. It extends the right to keep and bear arms to include ammunition and related accessories for such arms. Given the imperial actions being taken in Washington, D.C., such legislative action is needed. This amendment does not prevent the legislature from limiting the rights of certain felons and certain individuals adjudicated as having a mental disorder.

Amendment 7: I will vote NO.
No one can deny the bad timing of this multi-billion dollar tax increase on Missourians, even though a small cadre of state senators was successful in negotiating the tax down from $8 billion to $6 billion over 10 years. Our roads are in need of maintenance, but my opposition is because of the refusal of this legislature to advance reforms that would allow increased competition to benefit Missouri taxpayers. The same legislators who are willing to impose $6 billion of new taxes on Missourians stand in firm opposition to labor reforms, tort reforms, regulatory reforms, and judicial reforms that would benefit taxpayers and businesses. If a tax increase is necessary, it should be the last resort, not the first choice. When the goals of special interest groups conflict with what is good for the taxpayer, why must the taxpayer always lose?

Amendment 8: I will vote NO.
We don’t all agree on the significance of gambling or buying a lottery ticket. However, no one in business, law enforcement, the military, or banking would view gambling as a character asset. We already see billboards across the state inviting us to support education by buying lottery tickets; next it will be to support our veterans. Have we reached the point that we entrust the wellbeing of our veterans to dependency upon what has historically been considered a vice?

Amendment 9: I will vote YES.
Security of our persons and papers against unlawful search or seizure is recognized by our Constitution as an unalienable right. Amendment 9 simply clarifies that our digital-electronic “papers” enjoy the same protection. They will still be subject to lawful search, as with a warrant or court order, but not an unwarranted search.

I hope these views are helpful. More details and the statements from both advocates and opponents can be surveyed using the links in the table above.

Thank you for reading this legislative report. You can contact my office at (573) 751-2108 if you have any questions. We welcome your prayers for the proper application of state government.

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Freedom is Worth the Fight

Posted by on July 4, 2014 in Capitol Reports, Recent | 0 comments

Freedom is Worth the Fight

Someone recently remarked: Patriots have not suffered and died for a day on the calendar but for independence. On December 25th each year we don’t celebrate December 25th; we celebrate Christmas, the coming of the Messiah in a stable. You don’t celebrate a day on the calendar for your birthday; you celebrate your birthday on a day of the calendar. Today, as we celebrate, may we celebrate the birthday of America – the spirit, symbol, and confirmation of the power and compassion of a free people.

Liberty is more than a philosophy or an idea; it is a condition, whether personal or corporate. My personal liberty is a condition of the heart; it is the mind of Christ – a confidence in the God of creation and the eternal salvation He offers by the blood of His only begotten Son. Corporate liberty, on the other hand, is a political condition where the people are empowered above the king.

Writings about and by the Founding Fathers reveal they largely knew the personal liberty of a relationship with Jesus Christ. But their pledge to one another of their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor (reputations) was not for that which they had already attained but for that for which they longed – corporate liberty. Their profound pledge was the price they were willing to pay to secure the condition of liberty for a people: their families, neighbors, and posterity. This was to be a political liberty, the birth of a nation “conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.”

Ideas and philosophies are harmless even to tyrants until they initiate a change in condition. The Declaration of Independence did that; it birthed a nation! A people who were totally dependent on their government (King George) made independence their goal and told the king to keep his ships and provisions and protections at home. For the cause and condition of liberty, they would fend for themselves. They demanded a change in their condition, and the tyrant answered back with war.

Today let’s celebrate the spirit, soul, and declaration of independence and not just a day on the calendar! Freedom is worth the fight, and independence is worth the price. Happy Independence Day, and God save the U.S.A.

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Universities

Posted by on May 27, 2014 in Capitol Reports, Recent | 0 comments

Universities

“Let every student be plainly instructed, and earnestly pressed to consider well, the main end of his life studies is, to know God and Jesus Christ which is eternal life.” – Harvard University Original Mission Statement, 1636

During this legislative session, as seen with passing both the student transfer bill and the Common Core bill, education was a top priority for the General Assembly. As the graduation season is upon us, many students will be preparing to head to college this fall.

During the session, we heard a higher education bill, which included performance funding – meaning that starting in 2016,  a certain amount of state funding – based on performance – will be distributed, holding these schools accountable for the quality of education they provide. It is common for parents to be unaware of what their child is learning when they are away from home, but it is crucial that parents stay involved. In a recent report published by Phyllis Schlafly, she discusses the drastic shift on college campuses and the breakdown of traditional values among students. Schlafly makes some startling observations and passionate admonitions which are summarized below.

Before you send your child off to college, think for a moment about the quality of education you are getting for the $20,000-$50,000 a year. To get a glimpse into what your child will be learning, visit a university bookstore and browse through the required text books. Many of the history books give a one-sided perspective of the United States being a bully that is exploiting third-world nations and paints the Founders as racist slave owning elites who only declared their independence to preserve their own wealth and social status. Many text books describe big government as the only humane way in which a country can be ruled and claim that it is the duty of the government to provide for everyone, rather than protect their lives, liberty and property.

The problem is the way this information is being taught. If a student takes a history class in which they learn about Marxism, they may study and fulfill all of the requirements to pass without ever being challenged to think critically about the topic. For example, students learn about the ideas of Socialism and the basis on which it is built, but they seldom learn of the instances throughout history where this ideology has been tried and failed, from the pilgrims to Zimbabwe to the USSR. Schlafly’s research points out that at Columbia Teachers College, students learn that non-Socialist societies are the root cause of all violence.

Today on many campuses, students are given the opportunity to take a variety of classes including those on gender studies, many of which teach that the traditional roles of male and female are learned behaviors which can be changed if the person so chooses. In Schlafly’s report, she talks about a course at the University of Missouri-St. Louis that uses a textbook entitled Women’s Voices, Feminist Visions. She states that this textbook explains to students that heterosexuality only exists because of socially imposed stereotypes and homophobia, and has nothing to do with nature or morality. It teaches students that the oppression of minority groups is one of many ways for the majority to keep its special privileges. Frequently those expressing their own belief in traditional values are condemned as being ignorant or unaccepting. Even at the simplest levels, students are kept from expressing traditional ideas.

The outcry for “equality,” as opposed to exceptionalism on college campuses, has created a gross double standard. To teach traditional values or concepts is considered politically incorrect and students who want to live by these values find themselves persecuted. In Schlafly’s article, she describes a situation at Rollins College in Florida which recently ruled that Christian student clubs, who require student officers to be Christian, are in violation of the school’s “non-discrimination policy” and will not receive any university funds allotted to student organizations. Many often forget that most universities were founded as Christian learning institutions.  Harvard’s original motto was “Truth for Christ and the Church,” and Yale University was originally founded to train Christian ministers.  As you can see, today’s universities have exponentially strayed from this idea.

For many students, college can be a time in which their faith and values are tested. It is important as parents to help your student select a college carefully and to arm them with the tools they need to remain strong in their beliefs and values.  Education forms the future. We cannot leave the future of Missouri or this great nation in the hands of the amoral education elite. Parents must take charge, and that requires involvement-not just in K-12, but in every institution that either forms or conforms the minds of our children.

Thank you for reading this legislative report. You can contact my office at (573) 751-2108 if you have any questions. Thank you and we welcome your prayers for the proper application of state government.

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