Dave Roitman: Join in the walk against political corruption

Last modified: Thursday, January 30, 2014

To the editor:

Political corruption — it’s no longer about bags of cash. Currently the average representative in our nation’s capital spends between 30 to 70 percent of his or her time raising money. And if they leave office for a lobbying position, they’ll make 10 times as much as their public salary.

It’s easy to understand why most think first about “how will I please the people who help me win and who’ll hire me when I leave?” rather than “what policies do we need so our nation will be safer and happier, and its children can look forward to a better future?” This corruption is so systemic it’s also easy to understand why so many people are cynical about government and apathetic about making change happen. That’s why the New Hampshire Rebellion is so important.

On Jan. 23, I joined more than 70 people for the last leg of the walk that started in Dixville Notch, home of our nation’s first presidential primary, and ended in Nashua, 185 miles and 14 days later. We’re building awareness so that at every stop in the primary race candidates will have to answer, “How are you going to end the system of corruption in Washington?”

Every walker I spoke to talked about the positive reaction along the entire route, from everyone they met — not just progressives, but also tea party members and libertarians, conservatives as well as liberals. All agreed this has to be fixed before we can make real progress on our other problems. The walkers I met included an 85-year-old grandfather and two 8-year-olds walking with their father. Most were in their 20s and 30s along with baby boomers. The two things that stood out were the great energy and enthusiasm, and the conversations across political divides that at its heart make this country what it is — the conversations that need to happen in Washington but won’t as long as we’re bogged down in gridlock and systemic corruption. So please support the New Hampshire Rebellion any way you can — and join us on our next walk.

Dave Roitman



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