Remembering The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Every year, Americans gather in churches, public halls and at parades to remember and honor the life and tremendous legacy of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He was a man of conviction and belief who adamantly stood against injustice. Through his powerful and resonating speeches, he started a peaceful movement that led to a revolution, forever changing our country for the better.
By raising awareness and promoting tolerance and understanding, Dr. King was a beacon of hope for millions when our country was divided, and still today he serves as an inspiration for millions around the world. His work and the legacy he left behind will never be forgotten. America and the world will always remember Dr. King's call to justice and freedom when he stated, "I have a dream."
All too often these days, apathy overrides ambition. Furthermore, the erosion of family values and attacks on God are all around us. So many people believe that they are enveloped in a sea of discord in which they have no voice. I am here to emphatically say that Dr. King is a great American who proved one person CAN make a difference and CAN change our country for the better.
Dr. King was more than a leader; he helped this country erase a flaw that had been present since the founding of our nation. One day of recognition is simply not enough for a man who was larger than life itself. As a great orator, Dr. King used words as his weapons to advance a worthy and needed revolution to bring justice and liberty for all. Deeply devoted to God and the scripture, Dr. King pursued greatness through his faith and belief in God that all men are equal. He left a footprint on American history that will never be forgotten
Roe vs. Wade - 35 Years
Thirty five years later, many deny the fact that life begins at conception and our nation continues to allow abortions that take life from the innocent. Since the legalization of abortion 35 years ago, 49,915,606 lives full of potential have been taken.
When I was sworn into office in June 2003, it was one day after the vote to ban partial-birth abortions. It was unfortunate that I had joined the House of Representatives one day too late to cast a vote on such an important issue. Later, once the House and Senate Conference Committee finished its work, I did have the opportunity to vote against partial-birth abortion on the bill's final passage, which was then sent to the President and signed into law. After the Supreme Court upheld this law last year, the partial-birth abortion ban has become a lasting milestone of a pro-life Congress working with a pro-life President.
While in Congress, I have strongly supported the sanctity of life and have worked diligently to find ways to prevent abortions. Some of the bills I have cosponsored include: the Right to Life Act, the Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act, the Human Cloning Prohibition Act of 2007, the Unborn Child Pain Awareness Act of 2007 and the Sanctity of Human Life Act.
As a member of the House Pro-Life Caucus, I pledge to continue to work with my fellow pro-life advocates in Congress toward the goal of full protection of human life from conception onward. While our progress often comes through small accomplishments rather than big changes, the Roe vs. Wade anniversary reminds us that more work remains to be done.
New District Representative in the Big Spring Office
I am pleased to announce the addition of Lisa Brooks to my Texas staff. Lisa will be replacing Terri Blackshear and will staff my Big Spring District office. Lisa, as a District Representative, will handle all constituent inquiries and casework for Howard, Borden, Lynn, Garza and Kent counties.
Constituent service is one of my highest priorities, therefore it is critical to have helpful and devoted staff that can assist those who need it most. The federal government and its bureaucracies are tremendously confusing and I am fully confident that Lisa will be an excellent asset to my office and to the people of Howard, Border, Lynn, Garza and Kent counties.
Lisa is well known in the Big Spring community. Her professional and personal experience, as well as her extensive volunteer work, shows her deep commitment to Big Spring and its surrounding communities. I want to extend a warm welcome to Lisa and I am thrilled to have her aboard. I look forward to working with her in serving the people of the 19th District