This past Wednesday afternoon, I made my way out to Judsonia to visit with some voters about the upcoming Searcy Bypass Tax election. I came upon one household out on West Side road. The elderly resident met me in the yard and invited me ‘round back for a visit in his shop. He already knew he was against the tax hike, but he wanted more information about Citizens for Responsible Taxation and our efforts. So we walked to the back of his property and into his workshop where his neighbor (who recently retired from the state highway department) was waiting to visit with us as well. “Have a seat, “ the gentleman said, as he pulled up an old wheelchair.
We began to visit and before I knew it, an hour had passed. We covered many political subjects, including the TEA Party, Obama, taxes, etc. But our main point of focus was of course the upcoming special election on the bypass tax. They wanted to know how they could help. Could they knock doors? Wave signs? Despite their age & relatively poor health, they were willing to do anything they could to fight for what they believe is right.
As our visit came to an end, the elder gentleman took out his wallet and handed me $32. “It’s not much son, but this is my whole Social Security check.” He showed me his empty wallet. I told him I couldn’t take all of his money, but he insisted, “Put it to good use.”
We began to leave the shop as he turned to tell me that his wife also received an SS check every month of $43 and she stocks it away. “I want you to meet her,” he said, and we walked over to the back patio where she was seated, enjoying a glass of iced tea. I introduced myself & began to visit with her while the gentleman escaped into the house.
A few minutes later, he returned to the patio and extended his hand to me. “She wants to help too,” he said, as he handed me his wife’s $43.
We visited for a few more minutes. They stressed to me that they had never contributed to a political cause or candidate before—and certainly not after meeting someone for the first time.
I left very humbled & inspired. These people, who are not exactly leading a life of luxury, gave all of their spending money for the month to someone they had just met. They gave all they had to give for a cause they believed in. Their sacrifice & dedication is what drives me forward, pushing me to give all I can to defend the truth & promote responsible, accountable government. I will not soon forget their unwavering commitment to what they believe in, no matter the cost.
Nicholas Horton, Chairman, Citizens for Responsible Taxation