OPINION: In NH Death, Taxes and Political Candidates Are for Certain and We Are Thankful
In the book “The Works of Benjamin Franklin” published in 1817 was the quote “In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes."
Well, if you live in New Hampshire, you can add to that certainty the seemingly annual pilgrimage of political candidates for local, state and federal office. Of course, that doesn’t roll off the tongue as well as Ben’s saying, but that doesn’t make the observation any less valid.
Over the past few months, I’ve been able to talk to state Senators and state Representatives about various bills being heard during the current legislative session. And — even though they deny it — a couple of national profile folks testing the 2020 Presidential waters.
Now, I don’t always agree with them or their positions, but I appreciate their willingness to talk about them.
Let’s face it, in some circles, civil discourse about the issues that impact each of us, is either hard to find or nonexistent. So, it’s actually refreshing to have a conversation that doesn’t involve shouting, ridiculing, insults or a pre-ordained outcome.
I don’t know about you, but running for a state or national office is something that has zero appeal to me. I have no desire to have my personal life examined with a 100 power media microscope or have to smile while my positions or beliefs are questioned by people that obviously don’t understand the process or worse … don’t want to. Ego, encouragement from some of your friends and a few bucks will only get you so far in any race. After that it takes work, commitment and a real belief in why you’re doing it.
So, to each and every candidate that’s running for 1st and 2nd District Congressional seats or the governor’s office, I say “Thank You."
By their running, they’re offering us choices. It’s actually similar to buying a car or a house or a TV. There a lots of options available. Some you like, some you’re not crazy about. You like some features of this one and wish that another option had an extra feature or two that you’d like.
In the end, you select the one that best meets your needs even though it may not satisfy every item on your wish list. That’s politics in a nutshell.
Over the next few weeks, I have the opportunity to chat on the air with, among others, Mark Mackenzie, Lynne Blankenbeker, Andy Sanborn, Mindi Messmer, Dr. Stewart Levenson, Eddie Edwards and Steve Negron. I hope you’ll join the conversation.
So far, I’ve talked with Chris Pappas, Terrence O’Rourke and Steve Marchand.
I encourage you to look past the labels of Republican and Democrat or who has the most yard signs or the most ads on radio and TV. Each one of the candidates has a backstory and some ideas. Who knows, you might find out that while you don’t agree with them, you really like or respect them as a person.
If these people are willing to put their lives on hold for a few months and want to listen to us on the campaign trail, then let’s talk to them. And that boys and girls, is the first step in restoring integrity and faith in a process that many feel has failed them.