The language we use in our collective discourse plays an enormous role in shaping the public’s perceptions and understanding of critical issues, including taxation. Unfortunately, those of us on the right have been unwilling to fully understand that their attempts at redefinition amount to psychological warfare.
It will even take more than winning elections and sending people to Springfield who have good ideas and say they are committed to reform. The last hurdle is the hardest one. Staying committed to making real change once the candidate wins and goes to Springfield. The pressures to conform and give up on making real change can only be overcome by strong personal character.
Ives (R-Wheaton), a West Point graduate and mother of five, is exemplary of the ethical, independent and astute government officials who are bringing about a Policy Revolution in Illinois. At West Point, she learned to live by a code: “A cadet will not lie, cheat, steal or tolerate those who do.” Ives lives that code everyday.