Elections in The Middle of a Pandemic

April 16

In the fall of 1918, a new strain of flu began to circle the globe, the Spanish Flu. It was the second deadliest pandemic in world history, infecting over one quarter of the world’s population and killing an estimated 10% of patients; 675,000 in the United States alone.

It was a tough year. The “War-to-end-all-Wars” had dragged on since 1914. Though it would end on November 11, 1918, after the election, it’s ending came as a surprise to most. Newspapers reported continued fighting across Europe involving millions up until November 11 (1.2 million Americans in the battle of the Meuse-Argonne alone).

In the midst of that wild and tumultuous year, mid-term elections were held across the country. In keeping with the long tradition of holding elections during times of great difficulty, (e.g. the burning of Washington, D.C. in 1814 and the elections of 1864 during the American Civil War) Americans went to the polls and upheld their right and privilege to vote in the fall of 1918, as war and the Spanish flu ravaged the country.

Today, we find ourselves in a similar position to that of our great-grandparents. While the news is dominated by major events raging across the world, we still must choose to pay attention to our responsibilities here at home.  Across Wyoming, 60 House seats and 15 Senate seats will be contested in primary and general elections. At stake is a future where Religious Freedom flourishes, Life is cherished, Families thrive, and God is honored.

Elections matter. The freedoms conserved for generations can be reversed in a few short years and once lost, are rarely regained.

This year, Family Policy Alliance of Wyoming® is looking for Statesmen who have the desire to learn the principles of our founders and stand for them with deep integrity. We define a statesman as “one who is willing to stand for truth, regardless of the personal cost.”

COVID-19 and the reactions of some elected officials across the country (e.g. fining people for sitting in their cars on a church parking lot; Threatening to permanently close churches, etc.) have revealed the fragility of freedom and the desperate need for statesmen to rise up and advance the same “Biblical Citizenship” our founders fought for and previous generations preserved for us.

The year 2020 can be a story of good for Wyoming, but we are the ones writing that story. As you give to the Family Policy Alliance of Wyoming, we will be working to make 2020 a year when future generations will look back and celebrate our efforts to advance truth in the midst of adversity.


Nathan Winters
Executive Director


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