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The DVD "Amazing Grace," Is Good For These Times

by Dessa Rodeffer, Quill Publisher/Owner

I picked up the DVD "AMAZING GRACE" (PG) at Target on Friday which is directed by Michael Apted, and it is an inspirational and wonderful movie that I wish everyone would purchase. I plan on buying it for each of my six children in hopes to inspire a generation of grandchildren about the importance of the political process.

It seems to me, that too many Americans are bad mouthing politicians rather than working to encourage and to help select them in the all important roles they have.

It is good to see that a movie has been produced that shows the importance of good values along with a passion that won't let a person quit before the job he set out to do, is done, even in the most adverse of conditions.

The AMAZING GRACE tells the inspiring story of William Wilberforce and his passion and perseverance to pass a law ending the slave trade in the late 18th century. Several friends, including Wilberforce's minister, a reformed slave ship captain who penned the beloved hymn Amazing Grace, urge him to see the cause through.

Illinois Government is a good example of what happens when people turn their back on politics. According to Art Tenhouse, who had served in the House of Representatives for 17 years, things are out-of-of control in Springfield.

At an First State Bank of Western Illinois Ag Strategies meeting for ag customers Monday evening in Carthage, Tenhouse urged farmers to get involved in politics if they wanted to have representation in Springfield.

Young William Wilberforce, in a true story, works tirelessly for twenty-five years, before he accomplished the task of stopping the British slave trade.

The story, however, brings a better light on the importance of our politicians work, rather than the negative spin that is put on it by large modern day newscasters.

We have celebrated some great leaders in Illinois, such as Abraham Lincoln, and have many good leaders running for office, both state-wide and nation-wide, but they can only go so far without our support. And we must keep in good communication if we want them aware of our needs.

Take time to communicate, encourage, and support those of good ideals who are running, and I would suggest buying the movie "Amazing Grace" for your children and grandchildren's DVD collection. It might be the one that will inspire them to make a difference with their life.

I know it will inspire you, if you watch it, and the timing couldn't be better. Our primary election is just around the corner.