He has lived in or visited more than 35 countries, and brings a global perspective to his work and ideals.
Dirksen shared life experience of being raised by conservative Republican Mennonite parents on a Hopi Reservation in Arizona. “Everyone has their own story about how their political views developed. My parents taught me — God first, country second,” he stated. “I’m often asked, ‘Why are you a Democrat?’ My reply is that the things I do and choices I make are informed by my faith.”
He read aloud the text of Matthew 25:35-40 concluding with “inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these … you did it to Me.” Then he shared beliefs and values of the Democratic Party, aligning them with the biblical text. “Therefore, I am a Democrat.”
Dirksen then shared the reasons behind his decision to serve on the school board, again citing biblical text (Luke 12:48). He stated, “Nothing is more important than educating our kids. This raises the heart of our community.” Dirksen continued, “Teaching is not a job — it’s a ministry. Therefore, we need to be involved, compromise and get the work done. There’s too much talking (at the local and federal level).”
Dirksen concluded, “And, if we want to develop economically, then we have to remember we’re playing to a global market. We are greater together than we are alone.”