Today we heard from Cincinnati Rotarian and U.S. Congressman Brad Wenstrup. He is a medical doctor who joined the Army Reserves but never intended to go into congress. In his opening remarks related to Rotary’s motto of “Service above self”, the congressman quoted Pope John Paul II who said, “Freedom doesn’t give us the right to do what we want, but the right to do what we ought.” Then he quoted Roberto Clemente who said, “If you have the chance to make life better on earth and don’t, then you’re wasting your time on earth.”
His career in politics began when he was asked to run for Mayor of Cincinnati. After doing well, they asked him to run for other political offices. As he began to look at Washington, he realized there were many decisions being made by people who did not have experience in those fields. Congressman Wenstrup feels there are many things that are just plain “wrong” that need to be addressed in Washington. One of his greatest concerns is the fact that laws are being made by the President rather than by the people through their representatives.