In this Op-Ed piece, Democrat Todd Rowley talks about why trust and shared values are important to Americans — “just this once.”
My earliest memories are those growing up on a farm in southwest Pennsylvania. The values instilled in me were hard work, honesty, accepting responsibility for your actions, treating others with respect, helping fellow citizens who are less fortunate, and keeping faith and love of our country a central part of our lives.
These values have guided me throughout my life and I know the citizens of Franklin County and PA-13 share these same values. I chose a career in public service and spent nearly 30 years as a law enforcement officer, having the honor and privilege of defending our Constitution and protecting the American people.
On Tuesday, if not having already voted by mail, we will participate in the most important election in our lifetime. As a proud American, when I think of the current state of our country and divisiveness that exists not just in Washington, but within our communities, it causes me great pain.
The fact is after nine months of public health and economic suffering, our country is still struggling to contain a deadly virus where over 9 million Americans have been infected and over 230,000 Americans have died. Where is our leadership to bring us back from this precipice?
As we now know from his own voice, the president was indeed aware of and understood how infectious and deadly this virus was. Yet, a decision was made to conceal the truth from the American people, information that would have enabled us to take health and safety precautions to protect ourselves and families.
What is disheartening, the president did not have trust or faith in the American people that we would rally together and take on this challenge, rather than “panic” in his own words. How can we have trust and confidence in our leaders when they are not truthful or believe in us? Instead of leading us through this crisis, the president’s decisions have caused grave consequences for our country.
Only together will we find our way back to our national sense of unity, trust and respect for each other, and those shared values to restore civility, decency and stability again to our lives.
My commitment to you and your family will be to always place the interests of our country and American people above political party, any individual political leader or personal self-interest.
Just this once, I humbly ask you to vote for unity, decency and positive change, just this once.
Todd Rowley is the Democratic Nominee for Pennsylvania’s 13th Congressional District (PA-13)