A Conservative’s Christmas Wish List for a Brighter Future

COMMENTARY Conservatism

A Conservative’s Christmas Wish List for a Brighter Future

Dec 24th, 2021 4 min read
COMMENTARY BY
Genevieve Wood

Counselor and Spokesperson

Genevieve Wood is a leading voice for The Heritage Foundation as a counselor and spokesperson.
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Key Takeaways

Is it too much to wish that our political leaders would focus on personal responsibility instead of oppressive government dictates?

School choice be available to everyone, not just the wealthy among us. 

We are still a country where dreams and wishes can come true. 

When I was a child growing up in Texas, I would, like every other kid I knew, make a wish list for Christmas, give it to my parents (who were supposed to deliver it to Santa) and wait anxiously to see which would be granted. But, as Paul wrote to the Corinthians, I grew up, and “I put away childish things.” 

I still share Christmas lists, but when I talk with my family about what to get my four wonderful nephews, the conversation turns from the latest video game and Nerf gun to what kind of future we’d like to give them. So, in that vein, here are my six Christmas wishes for next year. 

An end to COVID authoritarianism. Once upon a time, Joe Biden said, referring to vaccine mandates, that “I wouldn't demand it to be mandatory. ... I'll do everything in my power as president of the United States to encourage people to do the right thing.”  

That was before Biden got a taste of presidential power. Now he is doing everything in his power to protect the tyrannical vaccine mandates he did issue, mandates that are threatening everyone’s liberty, exacerbating worker shortages, and sowing disunity in the country.  

The Heritage Foundation filed its first-ever lawsuit to protect our employees from this gross abuse of power. So have many others. Is it too much to wish that our political leaders would focus on personal responsibility instead of oppressive government dictates?

This piece originally appeared in Detroit News