Finally, finally, it is almost here...primary day. May 21st, the day so many of us have been waiting for and working towards...some of us to get elected, others to get out the vote. Some await this day in fear, some in trepidation, some with hope and many with gratitude...the politicking is over...at least for a little while.
It has been a long and active primary season. We have had town meetings, information meetings, candidate meetings, business meetings and a few protests. How truly proud as a town we should be. I am not being sarcastic here, Middletown is a shining example of how our system of government works. Think about it. People are angry, there is great discontent, there are many malcontents, and there's been some bloodshed, figuratively speaking. So, what are we doing about it? We are exercising our rights to freedom of speech, to disemble, to exercise civil disobedience, to protest, and most important of all...to vote. Such activity has happened throughout the history of the world. Our right to independence was built on this foundation. Now I know we haven't had a Boston tea party or a midnight ride through town or anything that dramatic. Still, we are doing just what our predecessors did in 1776, 1812, 1861, 1964, and numerous other times in our history when we as a people knew that changes needed to be made.
It has been said many times during this primary season that Middletown is the laughing stock of Dauphin County, that people are no longer proud of their town or even willing to admit it is their town. Some of us have found ourselves in the position of defending our town in the face of mockery and exasperation. So what? We've had some bad publicity, some crazy incidents, and some strange "doings." Have we sat back and endured the "slings and arrows of outrageous fortune?" Heck no! We have risen up and asked questions, demanded answers, expressed our opinions freely and taken stock of our town in a most productive way. Yes, there has been ugliness- mud slinging, rumor, gossip, nasty comments and hate filled messages. Once again, I say, so what? Do you think the Colonists had nice things to say about the Brits? I doubt it. The confederates and the yankees were notorious for the bloodlust between them. There is always conflict between those who want change and those who resist it. The bottom line though, is that's not a bad thing. Discontent and disagreement cause us to question what we have, what we want, and what we will do to get it. So sure, it's been a bloody primary season in Middletown and no doubt, it will be a bloody campaign season as well but in the end, we the people of Middletown will have voted for what we believe in - maybe it will be for change, maybe not. The voters will decide. And that's exactly the way it's supposed to be.