David James Stuckenberg of Portales offers this letter to “everyman:”
In July, my family and I visited a small living history farm, just outside of Washington D.C..
After walking miles of hallways around the U.S. capital and bustling National Mall, the change in scenery was refreshing. While strolling the quiet trails by row crops, animals and colonial structures I found myself amazed that men from this simple era could pen a Constitution that after hundreds of years would retain its universal value to all Americans.
How is it that they achieved this feat?
I believe this is because it was written by representatives who at the time lived among us and were like us — common men presented with an uncommon opportunity. To them politics was not about increasing their power, but rather making the right choices and decisions for their communities and nation.
Today, the Constitution remains, but it troubles me that our representatives no longer seem to be in touch with us. Still more disturbing, our Senate and Congress amount to pools of self proclaimed experts, self promoting elitists, and circuit riding politicians.
Take Hillary Clinton, a resident of Arkansas who decides one day to become a senator in New York. What did Clinton know about New York? The answer is she knew everything she needed to know to win the election.
These folks could not be more far removed from the concern or plight of the average American.
For years we have been convinced by political “experts” that they can run a community better than her citizens. But I would argue no one man or woman is more qualified to represent a constituency than you. Part of your life’s work has been the business of making a worthwhile and significant contribution to your community, family, and neighbors.
To me, you are the expert and you are more qualified.