Congressman Jack Kingston speaks to Morgan County Republicans at their Founder's Day event Aug. 6. Photo by Leila Dycus

Congressman Jack Kingston speaks to Morgan County Republicans at their Founder’s Day event Aug. 6. Photo by Leila Dycus

By Leila Dycus, Intern

The Morgan County Republican Party hosted its annual Founder’s Day event, featuring keynote speaker Congressman Jack Kingston, Aug. 6 in Madison.

Among those also in attendance were other officials currently running for office, including Brian Slowinski, Stephen Simpson and representatives for Donna Sheldon.

Morgan County’s own Jerry Caldwell began the event by speaking about “some of the challenges we have in this country” and “what we need to do with some of those challenges.” Caldwell spoke about the founders and tenants of the Constitution.

“I think we would have to say the founders did a pretty great job. They were very smart people. They did a great job of founding this country. The most important thing is they knew what politicians are like, and they knew politicians when they get in office are going to want to hold power, they want to be re-elected, and they want more democracy,” said Caldwell.

He concluded with a pep talk charging attendees to not only “get active but also to get some issues that they are passionate about and to get an attitude about these issues.”

Kingston then spoke to local Republicans gathered about the present situation in Washington and issues including the role of religion in the country, government aid, spending, the military – a topic that brought claps and praise from the crowd – immigration and employment.

“I’m telling you, you can get things done if you want to,” Kingston said.

The floor was then opened for questions from the audience and attendees asked about fair tax, abortion the military and trade.

Kingston received a standing ovation as the event came to a close.

Correction from Aug. 22, 2013 edition: In a story titled “Congressman Kingston speaks to local GOP at Founder’s Day event,” found on Page A2 of the Aug. 15, 2013 edition of the Morgan County Citizen, Jerry Caldwell was quoted as stating: “The most important thing is they knew what politicians are like, and they knew politicians when they get in office are going to want to hold power, they want to be re-elected, and they want more democracy.” According to Caldwell, the quote should have stated “…and they want more bureaucracy.” We regret this error.