ICYMI: Changes start at the bottom

My latest op-ed, title above, appeared in The Virginian-Pilot Wednesday. For some reason, this piece seemed to have the caught the attention of a lot of folks, as evidenced by the emails to me. Maybe it was just that folks are fed up with the nastiness of today’s political climate. I even received an email from one person who generally has nothing good to say about anything I write.

Virginia being a swing state means we have a front row seat to the action. But it also means that we are exposed almost minute-by-minute to negativity. It’s not a pretty sight – and the behavior on “Meet the Press” Sunday was simply the proverbial straw for me.

I’ll say it again: we can’t get better representatives at the top until we get better representatives at the bottom.

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4 thoughts on “ICYMI: Changes start at the bottom

  1. I think you hit it right on the nose. I do not watch the political TV ads anymore. I just love being able to record my shows and fast forward through them. I did not even watch them during the Olympics.

    I was getting my nails done last night at the nail salon and CNN was on the big screen. CNN commented that 90% of the people were unhappy with congress. Then they asked who were the 10% that were happy. It was funny as everyone in the well packed room spoke out together and said not me. I talked to one of the ladies in the chair next to me. She said she could not stand any of the federal politics anymore. I told her that is why I also think the local elections are so important because you can follow if the candidates keep their promises and you can actually contact them and most will personally respond. No nasty deceitful misleading ad can cover up the fact if you do not live up to your promises once in office at the local level because people can to easily keep track of what you are doing. All they have to do is care enough to watch meetings on-line, show up or follow people on social media that do.

  2. While I commend you for thoughtful analysis, I believe your conclusion is wrong.

    You point out the root problem, the “dysfunctional ‘winner-take-all’ process,” but your proposed solution, “electing local representatives who, as they move up the political ladder, take with them the lesson that putting the business of the people first is of utmost importance,” does not address that problem.

    We need to get rid of the winner-take-all elections.

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