Imagine what gains could have been made if just a few more people as dedicated, and as committed as myself, decided to talk to their friends and family. Perhaps print them a Voter Registration form, and encouraged them to register for the Milford Independent Party.
The big surprise, and my source of inspiration, continues to be the people of Milford who never seem to be lacking in magic, and I must admit, I have had my doubts about how long this party would last. When we compare ourselves to other minor parties such as the Green Party, Independence Party, the CT for Lieberman Party etc... We realize that there is something truly magical happening with the Independent Party, not only here in Milford but in the state of Connecticut as well.
As excited as I am about our paltry growth, of which amounts to a rank swelling membership of 231 registered party members, I am also realizing that this number is emblematic of a growing discord with party politics. So many people, young and old are growing weary, and disenfranchised by the leadership in America. Record numbers are registering as Unaffiliated wanting nothing to do with any sort of political party. We need not say more than the dismal approval ratings of our legislative bodies, such a Congress and its 7% approval rating.
People fundamentally know something is wrong in America and the people of Milford know that this is about to become an even bigger local problem. Today’s news ought to be called “Tales of the Washington Crypt.” We need not mention every dismal, enigmatic, perplexing, and outrageous headline that we read or watch on the vitriolic debate channels that dare call themselves news, but rather we should come to embrace the fact that we have each other, and strive to make all our politics local. Perhaps if we get it right here in Milford, other towns and eventually our state will emulate us. I believe that the highest form of flattery is to imitate someone you envy.
To explain what I mean, I will first stress that how we care for one another, treat one another, how we show our respect for our community and defend our town from those outside influences that would seek to exploit us for their own agenda, is one of those things. This is what we should discuss as a community moving forward in the years ahead. We should work on making the decisions of our local legislative bodies stand firm, without outside veto’s, conditions, overrides, contractual obligations etc.. My point here is that the destiny of our community ought to rest with us and not the state, federal, or especially a foreign treaty. This is what I believe is worth fighting for, this is what I believe is the root of freedom, and the burden we share together. If you think Freedom is Free, than I suggest you visit Arlington Cemetery.
Milford is that special place by the sea, historically significant, quaint, and not borne of those developers who would tear down our last standing tree for a profit. I believe our town is comprised of good people, People that I find to be truly resilient in the face of this kind of adversity. Nothing speaks better, or demonstrates this better than the multiple relief efforts of the last few hurricanes, those who fought to save our woods, our heritage, and need I mention the amazing unity borne of those forces imposed on us by nature’s water and snow.
It is with this fraternal and kindred spirit, that today’s headlines, likened to these natural disasters, cause me minimal loss of sleep. I am happy to say that there is no better place to live and work than right here in the city of Milford.
With this said, I will reconnect with my normalcy bias and continue about this cheerful rant of mine with the upmost sincerity, and highest and most positive attitude. I shall move forward today with a steadfast commitment to all that is positive. To that which brings me joy and to that which deserves my upmost attention. So moving forward let’s focus on gratitude, peace in our lives, and a building of lasting friendships with people who are committed to that terrific motto of "Honest People for Honest Government."
For those who may not know, that phrase is not just words on our banner, it’s not a promise or a commitment; it’s an amazing quality of a good person. We would hope that through Honesty, through not tolerating those who lie, those who cheat or those who steal, we ourselves would lead by example rather than by scandal. Honesty is that first step, in lighting the way for succeeding generations to follow this one.
In conclusion, I will say that only through us and our actions, can our community become a better, safer, and more enjoyable place to live and work. We therefore need to look no further than our friends and neighbors, our children and parents, our aunts and uncles and those we hold dear, for the inspiration we need to succeed in all that we do. In the end it is you who can make a difference, it also may be you who make or break the local headlines, and it is you who can help to expose or protect our city from harm.