Michele St. Pierre © 2010
In America, where the right to free speech is codified in the First Amendment of our Constitution and revered by anyone who loves freedom, the art and magic of great debates are spangled throughout the annals of American History.
From Congressional debates on the seminal issues of the times, to the sometimes raucous and rowdy debates between candidates opposing one another it can be truly thrilling to watch minds and viewpoints collide and spar for supremacy. Through the conflict of divergent opinions, choices will be made which will effect political change, get legislation passed or give voters the information they need to see that worthy candidates are elected who truly reflect the values and principles of the American people.
Indeed, it is the foundation of a Free Republic that spirited debate is not stifled. That it be encouraged and welcomed as the hallmark of a healthy self-governing system. It is a great test of a candidate to see if they have the skill and mettle to be a convincing debater, before the candidate is elected to serve as a legislator, where their abilities will be vital in their work as a representative of the people.
But in these dark times, there exist politicians with other agendas besides getting into government to give the people of the United States fair, honest and just representation. There are many running for office that are the tools of corrupt corporatism or only interested in the exercise of power for personal gain. It has become commonplace for career politicians to use political office to grant favors and then, when they leave office, to reap the benefits. They receive vast amounts of money from PACs, parties and special interests. [Editor’s note: Regan Wing regular, Steve, reminds us that we can see who donated what for Rossi, Didier, and Akers, respectively at http://tinyurl.com/rossicon10, http://tinyurl.com/35nzt7l, http://tinyurl.com/3x49w2o]
It is in this climate, where the very life of the Republic hangs in the balance, that we in the State of Washington must decide who WE want in power. We can choose those who welcome free debate, who with the courage of their convictions wish to engage and confront one another exercising their valor, or those who wish to hide in the shadows, exhibiting cowardliness and fear, hoping to skirt by with name recognition, afraid to allow themselves into the light, hoping to hide from the people their nature, playing political games to win, rather than fearlessly stating who they are and what they believe in to all challengers.
It is time for the voters to decide if they want those that hide and conceal, or those who come with open hands, open minds and open hearts. You can decide if would like to see the end of free debate, or the beginning of a return to a better age, when candidates who ran from debate were ridiculed and reviled, not rewarded for their sly gamesmanship with election to high office.
Clint Didier and Paul Akers have thrown down the gauntlet. We shall watch with great attention how Rossi responds.