2014-08-07 07:14:04 - Republican U. S. Senate candidate Andy Martin explains how today’s “ordinary” Market Basket workers can help us to understand the “greatness” of earlier generations.
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Republican U. S. Senate candidate Andy Martin reflects on his deeply moving meeting with Market Basket employees
Andy says Market Basket employees have reaffirmed his faith in the “greatness” of ordinary people
(Manchester, NH) (August 7, 2014)
Dear Granite Stater:
Before there was “The Greatest Generation” there was the “ordinary generation Tom Brokaw popularized the phrase “Greatest Generation” to characterize the “ordinary” people who participated in World War II. If you had gone around battlefields, or even the home front, blathering about the way they were fighting as being part of a “greatest generation” during World War II, most people would have thought you were nuts. They were millions of ordinary “G. I. Joes” trying to do their job and get home in one piece. It was only in retrospect that we saw how that war and that generation became a defining bunch of Americans for all times.
Today we live in an era which is the opposite of the “greatest generation Everything is overvalued and exaggerated. Everyone is a “hero” (tell that to the “Boys of Pointe Du Hoc” who landed on D-Day in Normandy). In the words of Garrison Keilor, everyone, and particularly everyone’s children, are “above average
As early as 1782 this nation recognized that we are “E Pluribus Unum “from the many, one And E Pluribus Unum the lesson I took to heart from a visit to a Market Basket store.
Wednesday morning my campaign set out to produce a TV commercial supporting Market Basket workers who are protesting efforts to permit Wall Street “private equity” pirates (who are supporting Scott Brown) to pillage their company. Today Market Basket associates enjoy good jobs, good benefits and good options for their futures. Tomorrow? Well, we don’t know. That’s why I am helping MB associates in their fight to defeat the Wall Street thieves who want to pilfer the prosperity of Market Basket workers in order to satisfy the insatiable greed of Wall Street parasites and swindlers.
My campaign is a poor one. We don’t have a lot of money; in fact we have a lot of very little. So we chose a Market Basket store to use as a backdrop based on its closeness to the production staff, trying to save time and money. It was an “ordinary” store.
After we had finished the shot in front of the store we walked over to a group of workers, perhaps twenty or thirty people, to shoot some “b-roll camera shots that can be used to fill in a spot or video. And it was then that I was struck once again by the “greatness” of “ordinary” Americans.
Market Basket workers did not ask for their fight. They are merely pawns in the battle between the “good Arthur” (Arthur T Demoulas) and the “bad Arthur Arthur S Demoulas (I don’t know what the “S” stands for so I have given it a provisional designation of “Arthur ‘Skata’ Demoulas.
I looked into the faces of the protesting workers and I was humbled by their humanity. They are ordinary people in the godly sense of the word. They are caught up in something much greater than they can probably understand. And they have banded together as (what else?) a “Band of Brothers and Sisters” to fight for their “general Arthur T.
We live in a stratified world today. Outside of church, how often do we meet people from different socio-economic levels? Not very often. We brush past them in public places and usually take no notice of the people who are doing their individual jobs to yield our collective national greatness.
When I announced as a U. S. Senate candidate in May, 2013, over a year ago, I had no idea that I would, a year later, find myself in the middle of the Demoulas Family’s endless feud.
I started out fighting for ordinary people exactly half a century ago. It has enriched my life to be of service to people all while knowing that there no expectation of repayment. I have just tried to help those who are in need. Pro bono.
Sadly, but not surprisingly, I am the only Republican senate candidate who has taken up the cause of the Market Basket workers. Republicans love to preach about “jobs and “the economy” and of course the saintly “job creators” who must appear in apparitions but have not appeared recently in our own economy. But conservatives do not like to come face-to-face with people who are losing ground so that a handful of super-wealthy Americans can gain ground they don't need at the expense of their financially-challenged fellow citizens.
Democrats, of course, are also hypocrites. Labor leaders proclaim on behalf of their “workers” while paying themselves hundreds of thousands of dollars and even millions in salaries. The Hollywood liberals who have an outsized influence in the Democratic Party? Barry Obama? Don't ask. So we are a society saturated and marinated in greed. On all sides. There is no need to finger-point.
You see greed at work in every direction in our daily lives. Do we reach for an article “Made in America” and pay a few pennies more? Or do we reach for the “Made in China” product and try to save a few pennies, not thinking that if we don't buy our fellow citizens’ output how will they be able to afford our own?
I would like to be of service to each and every Granite Stater in Washington. I believe one man can make a difference. Saint Telemachus, a singe monk, walked into the Coliseum and demanded an end to the gladiatorial sacrifices of the Roman Empire. The emperor heard Telemachus’ cries and ordered an end to the spectacles. I can make a difference in Washington. My opponents won’t and they have a track record to prove it.
I am by no means a saint. Far from it. But ordinary people have impressed upon how they can come together to produce extraordinary results for every American. Together we can play a role for the greater good. I took strength today from meeting with Market Basket workers; I was humbled by their humanity and their sincerity of purpose. I hope you share my feelings.
P.S. The two ads (a Market Basket spot and a second commercial attacking Channel 9 WMUR News bias) are in production and will be available to seen in a day or two.
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