Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Be the Church this Christmas

For Our Liberal Friends: Please accept with no obligation, implied or implicit, my best wishes for an environmentally conscious, socially responsible, low-stress, non-addictive, gender-neutral celebration of the winter solstice holiday, practiced within the most enjoyable traditions of the religious persuasion of your choice, or secular practices of your choice, with respect for the religious/secular persuasion and/or traditions of others, or their choice not to observe religious or secular traditions at all. I also wish you a fiscally successful, personally fulfilling and medically uncomplicated recognition of the generally accepted calendar year 2014, but not without due respect for the calendars of choice of other cultures.

For Our Conservative Friends: Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and may God bless you and yours in 2014.

This year, especially, I have been moved to compassion like never before for so many in my rural community of Southern Illinois.  Just this week I have sat in homes of people dealing with real (hard) stuff.  One family is dealing with a young mother facing cancer, another is struggling financially so much that it was between paying the water bill this month or providing a Christmas for her seven year old son, and yet another doesn't have enough food to take care of her family of seven.  But love.  Love came to this earth 2000 years ago and it still conquers and reigns today.  This year, I learned what it means to truly "Be the Church" - it's time that we stop just going to church, but really being the church that God desires us to be.  He gave his only Son for us; the least we can do is give of ourselves this holiday season.  What a privilege it is to serve others.

(Jeffrey Isbell, a pentecostal minister, is a former UIS College Republican and field representative for the College Republican National Committee.  He's an accomplished political operative having worked and managed political campaigns in nearly twelve states since his time at UIS)

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

No Room in the Inn... For Political Correctness

For Our Liberal Friends: Please accept with no obligation, implied or implicit, my best wishes for an environmentally conscious, socially responsible, low-stress, non-addictive, gender-neutral celebration of the winter solstice holiday, practiced within the most enjoyable traditions of the religious persuasion of your choice, or secular practices of your choice, with respect for the religious/secular persuasion and/or traditions of others, or their choice not to observe religious or secular traditions at all. I also wish you a fiscally successful, personally fulfilling and medically uncomplicated recognition of the generally accepted calendar year 2013, but not without due respect for the calendars of choice of other cultures.

For Our Republican Friends: Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and may God bless you and yours in 2013.

Nearly two thousand years ago, a young couple was forced to seek shelter amongst the stink of animals, the cold of the air, and behind the scenes.  While surely discouraging, they didn't throw up their hands, tuck their tails between their legs, and give up. You know, Mary and Joseph could have said, "This place isn't so bad.  I can handle the stink, the animals, the rejection. Let's just stay here forever."  They could've, but they didn't.  I say all that to say, regardless of life's circumstances, they only have to be temporary and you don''t have to just accept it as the way it is.  Today is to today but only for today.  Soon, it will become yesterday and a new today will be before us.  DON'T STAY IN THE MANGER.  Don't let defeats of 2012, get you so down that you forget about what matters.

This holiday season, don't just look to 2012, but look to the future. And the future is bright. In this Christmas and Holiday Season, let's work to change the future and change the world. We as Republicans, can do just that if we stay focused, stay energized, stay loyal, and remain the best party on Campus. Look to the future, my friends. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

(Jeffrey Isbell is a pentecostal minister and a former UIS College Republican and field representative for the College Republican National Committee.  He's a respected political operative having worked in nearly a dozen states and recently leading two successful petition drives this year and serving as a deputy Campaign Manager on a US Senate race.)

Sunday, December 25, 2011

A Politically Correct Christmas...

For Our Liberal Friends: Please accept with no obligation, implied or implicit, my best wishes for an environmentally conscious, socially responsible, low-stress, non-addictive, gender-neutral celebration of the winter solstice holiday, practiced within the most enjoyable traditions of the religious persuasion of your choice, or secular practices of your choice, with respect for the religious/secular persuasion and/or traditions of others, or their choice not to observe religious or secular traditions at all. I also wish you a fiscally successful, personally fulfilling and medically uncomplicated recognition of the generally accepted calendar year 2012, but not without due respect for the calendars of choice of other cultures.

For Our Republican Friends: Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and may God bless you and yours in 2012.

This time of the year is about change; it's about the future. We look at the New Years celebration as a change of the year and look forward to all of the exciting things to come that year. But Christmas is also about a change - it's about a change in the World for the rest of the future, not just a year. When Jesus Christ was born in a manger, it signified a change; it was the start of a beautiful future full of possibilities that last much longer than a year, but an eternity.

So, this holiday season, don't just look to 2012, but look to the rest of the future. And the future is bright. In this Christmas and Holiday Season, let's work to change the future and change the World. And we as Republicans, can do just that if we stay focused, stay energized, stay loyal, and remain the best party on Campus. Look to the future, my friends. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

(Jeffrey Isbell, a pentecostal minister and, is a former UIS College Republican and field representative for the College Republican National Committee.  He is also a candidate for County Commissioner in his home county in Southern Illinois. His website can be visited at www.jeffreyisbell.com)

Friday, November 25, 2011

Former CRNC Field Rep Announces Campaign

Herrin, Illinois - Former College Republican National Committee Field Representative Jeffrey Isbell, of Herrin Illinois has announced his run for Williamson County Commissioner. Jeffrey is an alumnus of the University of Illinois at Springfield College Republicans and served as a Field Representative for the CRNC during the 2006 midterm elections.

"I've lived in Southern Illinois my entire life and am proud to call this my home, however, my home could use a little work. We need more transparency and accountability in our government; we must create a business friendly environment to lure large companies to our county; and we have to keep our spending in check and look at ways to reduce the tax burden on our residents," said Jeffrey Isbell.

Jeffrey was raised in Southern Illinois his entire life and graduated from Herrin High School in 2005. He then attended the University of Illinois at Springfield.  He has worked several statewide, congressional, and most recently, a presidential campaign.  In addition, he has worked for Students for Life of America, Parents for Choice in Education, and the Leadership Institute.

"For as long as I can remember, I've committed myself to helping other people. My grandfather lived a life of sacrifice, like most in his generation. He served his country ably in the Army during the Korean War, he was a retired civil service employee from the city of Herrin, was a fighter until the day he died, and most importantly was a Christian. He taught me about sacrifice and standing for what is right."

As a Williamson County Commissioner, Jeffrey will represent 65,000+ people and serve as one of three County Commissioners.  To make a political contribution to Jeffrey Isbell's campaign, visit his website at www.jeffreyisbell.com or mail checks to 13735 Allen Road in Carterville, Illinois 62918.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving, all!!

My Thanksgiving post here, from last year.
[Especially see the 'message' part, at the bottom.]


Best wishes to you and yours, for a happy and blessed Thanksgiving!!

Friday, July 29, 2011

CRNC Biennial Convention 2011 (The Midwest is the best!)

#CRNCDC

Things have been moving quite fast here, so (like for prior events), I'm setting up a Twitter-feed. This one has some of our Midwest Caucus CRs, who are live-Tweeting. The entry below is the general Tweet stream, for this 2011 Biennial Convention.

The Midwest is the best!!





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CRNC Biennial Convention 2011

#CRNCDC

See entry above... That one has the explanation, & live-coverage, from our CRNC Midwest Caucus!

This however, is the general Twitter stream, for live coverage of the 2011 Biennial Convention of the College Republican National Committee (CRNC).




Tuesday, July 19, 2011

A sustainable economic plan

While driving home from Washington D.C. yesterday, I had the opportunity to listen to lots of talk radio and got some wonderful ideas for some blog posts.  I'll share more about my trip at another time, but one thing I find it important to write about is the looming default of American credit and talks to corral our spending.

Mark Levin outlined, on my drive home, an important message to Republicans in the deal-making process.  While Republicans are attempting to make strides to ensure a brighter American future in negotiations with the President, Levin offers this:
"We all know where the country is headed, we all know what the problem is.  We all know that the Tea Party movement is not only right, but it's the only thing saving this nation.  So the paradox is, that it's treated as some small, insignificant force, when in fact they are urging the only way out.  Another paradox; in order to change Washington, George [Will], you gotta change Washington.  Right?  And so what the Tea Party movement is trying to do, what the Reagan Revolution is trying to do and what the conservatives in the conservative movement have been hoping and trying to do is to reverse course. You can't reverse course without reversing course.  You can't slash spending without slashing spending.  In other words, talk is cheap and now it's time to act."
The American people should not be satisfied with a clandestine deal involving a minimal reduction in spending in exchange for an expansion in our already-crippling debt.  We need a balanced budget, lower taxes, and a stable economy.   We the people are engaged with the political process and will not settle for the selling of our future and a mortgage of our children's future.  We want the Republican party to be the people's advocate in Washington, D.C., and we sent that message loud and clear in November of 2010 and we will do so again in November of 2012.  But if those for fiscal responsibility haven't found an advocate in D.C. by this upcoming election cycle, we'll send in a new round of even-more-conservative men and women to Capitol Hill.

Obama, who was a Constitutional Law professor at the University of Chicago, has said he will veto the Tea Party-backed plan and balanced budget amendment.  For those that aren't familiar with the process, a Constitutional amendment must pass both the House and the Senate by a 2/3 majority and would then need to be ratified by 3/4 of the states.  Missing from this process, as a Constitutional Law professor should probably be able to see, is the Office of the President.  Even more embarrassing is the fact that there is even a Con Law case that re-states the President's absence from the process, Hollingsworth v. Virginia.

A balanced budget amendment is not out of reach.   49 states, Vermont being the lone hold-out, have a balanced budget policy, and as recently as March of 1995, an amendment to balance the budget passed the House and was just one vote short of passing the Senate.   Now is the time for the citizens that believe in saving the economy to contact Congress and urge them to save America's future with this sustainable economic plan.