Today is Constitution Day. If the law is followed, school children will take some time today to learn about the United States Constitution… a lesson we should all pay heed to. Ignoring the Constitution for decades has led to costly, inefficient, complex government that no one seems to be happy with. It is important to remember the rules, and play by them. Too often, we spend a lot of time passionately debating the merits of an issue, when we should be debating at what level of government it should be considered at. We get a lot of issues right, but the level of government step wrong. It is clear in the Constitution that most functions are to be the domain of the states. Here in NH this particularly advantageous. I am a State Legislator, and you can call me on the phone. I’ll answer or call you back. Try that with the federal delegation. Taking that a step further, I prefer as many issues as possible to be local, at the town level. You can always go walk in to your SelectBoard meeting. It’s very convenient and you know that you will be heard.
Take some today to read the Constitution. It will help us all remember the rules, and hopefully get back to playing by them.