October 26, 2018

Don't be discouraged by the process

Topic: Issues

By Pete Hanebutt, NDFB Director of Public Policy

On the eve of our November 6th election I think it’s important to keep a few things in perspective. The first presidential campaign I can really remember was 1968, but I think I started paying close attention in 1976, perhaps because of all the Bicentennial hype which surrounded that historic year. I’m also a student of history and have studied elections in depth throughout my adult life and professional public policy career. And I’ve noticed some of the same recurrences which either annoy or entertain me each and every election cycle.

One oldie-but-goodie is the person who is marginally engaged, meaning they vote, but don’t really pay attention to currents events. This is the person who says, “This is the nastiest, meanest, dirtiest election I can ever remember.” Obviously, the memory, or at least the history lesson is somewhat lacking. None of us remembers first-hand the truly unbecoming things said about Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemmings over 200 years ago.

Read the rest of Pete's post on My NDFB Life.