Christopher J. Deraney for State House

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Simply Breathe

I have listened quietly over the last several weeks at the events unfolding around us in this country. I've watched our elected officials point fingers, place blame and use lofty rhetoric to tear each other down. Simply put, a government tearing itself to shreds will not last. This kind of behavior will only lend itself to the detriment of our citizens. 

So I say, take a step back. Breathe. There is a new dawn and an uncharted territory of opportunity facing us when we as a common people will stand up and proclaim when enough. When the government of the people, by the people and for the people forgets about the people, what are you left with? 

I recently had the opportunity to meet with a group of people that crossed all walks of life: black, white, gay, straight, Christian, atheist, democrat, republican. What surprised me most was not that we had more in common than not, but that across the board, everyone had grown weary of the lack of continuity amongst our elected officials. We vote, they don't listen, and it's becoming increasingly more clear every day in their inability to govern. 

No matter your political creed, a smaller, simpler government is not a bad thing. A tighter grasp on the country's checkbook is not a bad thing. Ensuring that the freedoms given to one man and woman is afforded to the next is not  a bad thing. It's not about race, it's not about being a republican or democrat or libertarian. It's about one thing — commonality. We all share it and when you bust it down to its simplest form, we all want it.  

Hold on, folks, help is on the way. Turn off your TV. Turn off your phone, your tablets. Read the constitution and the bill of rights that you were endowed with. Integrity abounds, my friends, and it starts with the simple task of standing up for yourself when you vote. If you desire prosperity, you must educate yourselves. 

Believe it or not, there are men and women out there like you, like me, who live everyday lives that want — that long — to stand up and be the mantle of making a difference.