Full disclosure here — Amanda is my wife’s cousin. She’s also quite brilliant, has extensive experience in business development and economic growth, and is officially running for one of two open seats in the 44th District of the West Virginia House of Delegates. I was originally hoping to introduce her via a full interview (one is forthcoming, just as soon as we find a few minutes in our busy schedules), but her inaugural blog post at her brand new campaign Web site was just too good and too appropriate of an introduction to ignore.
So, on occasion, you’ll see her blog posts featured here at America’s Right, along with–I hope–some original material as well. In the meantime, please visit her Web site, and PLEASE spread the word. The increased involvement on local and national levels by intelligent, talented, principled folks like Amanda — that’s how we will rekindle American prosperity and freedom. And, of course, be nice … she’s family. — Jeff
So, is being nervous about writing your first blog as a candidate normal? Is that anything like going on your first job interview out of college that left you with sweaty palms and “first impressions are everything” on repeat? Let’s hope I am a master at both by November 2, 2010!
“Are you crazy?” That’s been a popular question these days and the question I have heard most since deciding to run for the House of Delegates. Repetition leads to refinement, right? Ok, so I am ready, next question? I assure you; I have been properly evaluated and found to have every attribute needed to enter the sport of politics.
I am not crazy (although that may depend on definition) but I am committed. I am committed to the people of Monongalia County and the 44th District but it doesn’t stop there. I am committed to West Virginians. All of our communities make up this wildly wonderful state we live in. Working together to better opportunities for all should be the main goal of any citizen turned passionate candidate.
Where did this stem from? A couple of years ago, as my colleagues and I were leaving the Capitol amid the craziness the Legislative Session brings, I asked the question, “so, how do you ever change it, how do you help people to realize that change can actually be a good thing?” The answer I was given I have never forgotten: “You change it one person at a time.”
Two years after that particular conversation, this chick in torn-up blue jeans, my favorite worn out cowboy boots and a WVU ball cap had decided it was her time! I walked into the post office to mail that little piece of paper (trembling hands here) that has changed life greatly and I hope it doesn’t stop changing now or even soon. We are on a roll.
On a roll right into reality; the reality of a very partisan, two party system. Within in the first 60 seconds of any conversation, I am asked about my party affiliation. Really? Why? I haven’t hardly had time to tell you my name, much less roll out the grand elevator speech (that I am very proud of) before you want to know what animal I have aligned with. In some instances, I obviously gave the wrong answer and it was like a bird dog on a duck hunt. They would literally duck and run towards a barely visible dot in the distance to avoid having to have anything that might even resemble a conversation with the chick from “the other side.”
Is this the world of politics? Aren’t we fighting for the same state and country? Has it truly become a full contact sport that no longer resembles the servant of civic duty that it did in the 1900s? Do you think that Benjamin Franklin, James Madison or George Washington would run to avoid being seen with one of the others? Obviously not, as they all managed to sign the Constitution … in the same room, by the way … all of ‘em, together.
So here we are – rookie girl running for the West Virginia House of Delegates. My color? Black suits me just fine. It’s slimming, right? And it matches almost any shoe in my closet. But what about the others — Red? Blue? In the American flag they represent strength, lives lost for liberty, independence, courage, believing that their sacrifices would liberate their descendants for many, many years. And they were right! They were patriotic colors, colors of remembrance not colors of divide.
When did we become so arrogant? When did we get to the point where crossing the aisle on any issue is almost certainly a bare knuckles fight (or brass knuckles) depending on the topic. I can’t find much about the “hope and change” of today that even resembles the “wisdom and fortitude” of our forefathers. Today, the Constitution and its definitions are challenged by many and, for some, that blessed document is sitting pretty close to the paper shredder.
When did we become stuffy? Disinterested? Self-destructive? Blindly following the blind? When did politics become a lifelong career? Public service shouldn’t be about making a small fortune; it should be about the people that sent you to represent them. If that isn’t what you do, then the response from the voters should be simple: Move along. It is someone else’s turn.
America deserves to be restored to her former glory. We deserve to be proud of America, our leadership and our future. Our forefathers deserve for us to uphold their legacy. The challenge I issue to you is to remove the tinted glasses, to become color blind–or LOVE purple–I don’t care which you choose but choose to set aside partisan issues, personalities and divides. Americans can save America. Not one man. Not one party. We The People are the only hope we have — let’s get to it!
Amanda Pasdon is a Republican candidate for the 44th District of the West Virginia House of Delegates. For more information on Amanda, or to donate to her campaign, visit her Web site: AmandaPasdon.com.