Real leadership, especially where government is concerned, involves being a guardian and a public servant. A guardian of the public trust puts the interests of the people first and is charged with the duty of protecting people from public policies detrimental to their individual liberties. Invested leaders embrace the solemn responsibility which comes with difficult decision-making, and the measure of a true leader is his or her ability to demonstrate courage when it counts by standing up for what is right.
As someone who trains Indiana’s young leaders on the roles and responsibilities inherent to principled leadership, John Crane will use the following framework to provide such leadership at the Indiana Statehouse on behalf of the people of District 24:
Maintaining a Thriving Job Climate:
The challenge for Indiana continues to be how to maintain sound fiscal stewardship during uncertain economic times. Thus, the Hoosier entrepreneurial spirit of small business owners should be encouraged, and protected from debilitating government bureaucracy, by decreasing the tax burden, increasing job training, and removing crippling regulations that stall economic growth. Despite the present challenges which make it difficult for many Hoosiers to achieve the American dream, through ingenuity and hard work, Indiana will continue to have one of the most thriving business climates in the country.
A Quality Education for All Students:
To ensure that all of our children get the best education available, we must work to eliminate the obstacles which prevent them from reaching their fullest potential. This includes empowering parents to be able to choose the best educational context for their children through voucher programs and state support for both private and public schools. Likewise, because investing in teachers is an investment in students, ensuring professional development for teachers and maintaining manageable classroom sizes will help foster the high-quality educational development our children deserve. Finally, the pursuit of higher education should be affordable for those students who desire it.
Protecting Hoosier Values:
The right of every person to live according to their most deeply-held convictions, both in private and in public, serves as the cornerstone of a truly free society. As our Indiana state constitution has clearly determined, every Hoosier has the natural right to worship Almighty God according to the dictates of their own consciences. Therefore, no law shall be passed restraining the free interchange of thought and opinion, or restricting the right to speak, write, or print, freely, on any subject whatever. The current erosion of these bedrock Constitutional principles creates a crack in our societal foundation that, if left unchecked, will be the cause of our own undoing.
Marriage, as designed by our Creator, is to be between a man and a woman. And social science has repeatedly confirmed that the ideal scenario for a child’s well-being is to be raised in a home where both biological parents are present and lovingly invested in their upbringing. We recognize that in our fractured world, the real is not always the ideal. And yet, because the ideal model of marriage and family serves the best interests of all people and societies, it should be pursued whenever possible.
Human life is sacred. Because life begins at conception, all innocent life should be protected at every stage of the human life cycle. To destroy life at any point is to depreciate life at every point on that spectrum, thus putting every person ultimately at risk. The taking of life through abortion is a heart-wrenching tragedy for all of those involved, from the innocent unborn babies whose lives have been destroyed to the desperate mothers in crisis who have been falsely led to believe that abortion is their best option. Therefore, it is incumbent upon leaders to leverage our influence to create a culture of life whenever possible.
Recognizing the myriad of threats in today’s world, we should protect the constitutional right of all law-abiding citizens to own and operate guns in order to protect themselves, their families, and our State.
Supporting our Military Veterans and their Families:
Our servicemen and women, along with their families, have made tremendous sacrifices to protect and defend our American way of life. Therefore, we who benefit from such sacrifice have an inherent obligation to support our military members in whatever ways we can, whether they are in the field or here at home, by providing the best quality of care and assistance to the men and women who have sacrificed so much for our country and the ideals it represents.