Sean Duffy gives up Congress for his family – Washington Examiner

In a society that places an exorbitant emphasis on the workplace, it’s hard to come by an honest person willing to give up a successful, meaningful career. Wisconsin Republican Sean Duffy is one such man.

Duffy announced Monday that he will resign from Congress next month, and the reason he gave is the most understandable and legitimate one I could imagine.

“Recently, we’ve learned that our baby, due in late October, will need even more love, time, and attention due to complications, including a heart condition,” he wrote in a Facebook post. “With much prayer, I have decided that this is the right time for me to take a break from public service in order to be the support my wife, baby and family need right now.”

With his ninth child on the way, Duffy said that as his family continues to change, so, too, must his priorities.

“I will miss being your Congressman, but I am also looking forward to having more time with my family, being home for more birthdays and hockey games, and having time to enjoy and care for our new baby girl, who is already so loved by our family,” Duffy said.

Say what you will about his politics, Duffy’s decision is proof that Congress and Wisconsin’s 7th District are losing a man of character. Family is the most important thing. Without it, we lose meaning, value, and stability. It is what shapes us, and it should be what defines us. A man in Congress who recognizes this, as Duffy does, is invaluable.

Although Duffy is stepping away from the national stage, he should still serve as an example to us all. Family requires sacrifice, which could be why it’s in decline. But as marriage rates drop and divorce rates climb, as child-rearing grows less appealing and liberal individualism discourages community, we need men and women willing to give up individual desires for a greater good.

Dedication to the family will rarely require a sacrifice like Duffy’s. But if it did, what would you choose?

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