We have a great deal of respect for Russell Kirk, and we thank his wife Annette for providing us with her thoughtful comments and opinion.

Op-Ed from Annette Kirk

My late husband, Russell Kirk, wrote The Conservative Mind to help our movement and our country define a principled understanding of conservatism and better understand the writings of Edmund Burke. We all miss him very much, but his legacy and influence continue to grow and thrive in America today.

The civil war that has waged between the Establishment and Tea Party camps of our Republican Party gets a significant amount of attention, but conservatives of all types should consider the basis of candidates’ decision-making process above their rhetoric. Do they make their decisions based on sound conservative thought, or do they make their decisions based on short-term political pressures and opportunism?

There is one leader in Michigan who has consistently stood up and made decisions based on conservative principles: John Moolenaar.

When John Moolenaar stood up and opposed Obamacare’s Medicaid Expansion, it was because his fundamental principles were opposed to the expansion of government and the long-term costs to our state. When John Moolenaar stood up and opposed Common Core on the Senate Floor, it was because his fundamental principles were against the federal government’s increased role in our educational system.

John Moolenaar had to oppose leaders of his own party on these critical issues, but he was willing to do so because it was consistent with his conservative principles.

Conservatives may decide to support John Moolenaar because he was the only candidate endorsed by Right to Life of Michigan, the Farm Bureau, or conservative Attorney General Bill Schuette.

I would offer that another important reason to support John Moolenaar for United States Congress is because he has demonstrated that his decision making is grounded in conservative principles.

I strongly urge you to join me in supporting John Moolenaar for Congress. We know we are getting a leader with a proven conservative mind.

Annette Kirk

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