Capitol Briefing

By District 22 Representative Gabe Firment

For me the beginning of a new year has typically been ushered in with a spirit of hope, optimism, and a sense of excitement as we close the book on an old year and look forward to starting a new chapter in life. However, I must admit that I am finding it difficult to capture that same of feeling of hopeful expectancy as we enter 2021. The December 29th death of 41 year old Congressman-elect Luke Letlow just days before he was to be sworn in as our new 5th District Congressman has cast a pall over the final days of 2020 and has dampened the sense of anticipation and renewal usually experienced with the start of the new year. There is no doubt that 2020 has been a year that has caused many of us to reflect on our own mortality and to examine our lives in light of eternity.

In addition to the continuing coronavirus pandemic and the at times overzealous governmental response to the virus, we are also facing an apparent Biden presidency with promises of radical socialism, attacks on Christian values, and an economic plan based on “green energy” and leftist climate change initiatives that have the potential to destroy our state’s economy. The outlook becomes even bleaker when one considers the Biden/Harris agenda to curtail our 2nd amendment rights and open our borders to unfettered immigration with illegal aliens often afforded greater rights and privileges than American citizens.

Perhaps there is no greater threat to our nation today than the rampant and flagrant election fraud that is documented to have occurred in several “swing” states that appears to have potentially stolen the election from President Trump and disenfranchised millions of American voters who placed their faith in the integrity of our election process. As free citizens we must be assured that every single vote counts in our Constitutional Republic that was founded on the democratic principles of justice, liberty, and equality. Please know that I take this matter very seriously and I have sent letters to members our congressional delegation urging them to prayerfully consider all legal and constitutional remedies available to them leading up to the formal certification of the Electoral College votes for President on the afternoon of January 6, 2021. There is too much at stake to allow the Presidency to be obtained by illegitimate and illegal means. We cannot allow a biased media, Orwellian tech companies, and unscrupulous political operatives to steal this election from hard-working, middle class Americans.

Although 2020 was a challenging year, it was also a year in which my family was abundantly blessed by the Lord: our second grandchild was born, my wife and I were infected with covid-19 and experienced only minor symptoms, and I have had the great honor and privilege of serving as your District 22 state representative for almost an entire year. During my campaign in 2019 I promised to cast votes prayerfully, to be accessible to everyone, and to work tirelessly on your behalf. I have done my best to keep those promises and will continue to do so for the next 3 years or for as long as God and the people of District 22 grant me this amazing opportunity.

In closing, let us remember that as Christians we can maintain joyful hearts even as we walk through the valley of the shadow of death because we serve a risen Savior who conquered pain, death, and evil once and for all on Calvary’s cross. We can take comfort in the words of the heartbroken and grieving prophet Job who proclaimed of God that “I know that you can do all things; no purpose of yours can be thwarted”.  And perhaps no promise of God rings louder and truer today than Romans 8:28, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose”.  Happy New Year and God Bless!