State constitution and value of voting
To the Editor:
Last Friday, several of us from the Bedford Women’s Club traveled to Concord for a tour of our New Hampshire Statehouse. We gained a sense of history and duty, plus were completely enthralled by our professional guide. At the end of our tour we were offered a booklet of the New Hampshire Constitution. I thought this might make interesting reading, so took a copy home.
I came across Article 38 – Social Values Inculcated. Near the end of this tortuous campaign season, I thought I would paraphrase this article and hopefully spur anyone who thinks their vote doesn’t matter … please reconsider!
[Art.]38 … a constant adherence to justice, moderation, temperance, industry, frugality, and all the social virtues, are indispensably necessary to preserve the blessings of liberty and good government; the people ought, therefore, to have a particular regard to all those principles in the choice of their officers and Representatives.
My cynical self says… "Too bad we can’t do the whole primary thing over" … the reality is we must choose national and local candidates and then watch and require an adherence to these values as they go forward with the administration of our government.