It says something about the resilient character of Connecticut that, even with all of our problems and with a future so notoriously bleak, that there are still dozens of people running in our gubernatorial election.
Sure, following a repugnant imbecile like Dannel "Um Uh" Malloy almost guarantees his successor some measure of triumph. After all, if our next Governor can manage to not be the least popular governor in the country, that will be a cause for celebration.
But Connecticut is facing a lot of problems beyond just having an indecipherable, incompetent nincompoop as our Governor for the last seven-and-a-half years. There are also the less-comical dilemmas of:
Growing wealth inequality
Ever-worsening traffic despite a decreasing population
Being taxed on absolutely everything all the time
The fact that all of those taxes are always, always, always increasing
Deadly inner-city crime thriving within crumbling neighborhoods
An opioid epidemic constantly killing our loved ones
A general lack of a moral core, and a sense of what things like "good" and "right" really mean
If that hellscape of problems isn't enough, there's also the serious, pronounced drop in pride and morale among our citizenry.
Connecticut has become a laughing stock in recent years. Yes, some of the criticisms are superficial -- like when Joe Rogan rants about Connecticut cities when he apparently hasn't been there in years, and also seems to have never visited our smaller towns. Or whenever anyone brings up the Whalers or the fact that our minor league ball club has a terrible, terrible name.
But the truth is that Connecticut has become a punchline even to itself with things like the Connecticuck Memes Facebook page. Connecticuters have generally grown sick and tired with the state's never-ending, always-worsening problems. It's gotten to the point that it's now kind of expected that, if you're a middle-class Nutmegger, you're probably in the process of planning your escape from the Constitution State.
The thing is, though, that it doesn't have to be this bad. We could cut our taxes, alleviate economic hardships that create crime, and encourage both individual and community empowerment centered around the basic principles of freedom and compassion.
Of all the candidates running for Governor, Mark Stewart is the only one who fully understands how simple the solution could be if we just enacted the right policies and philosophy.
Yes, Mark isn't the stereotypical politician. He doesn't speak in politically-correct, utterly-meaningless soundbites. And because of that he might at times seem a little abrasive. But, honestly, that's to his credit.
Mark Stewart is the most thoughtful of the candidates on the ballot. He proposes innovative ideas very much in-line with Connecticut Yankee ingenuity. He stands for a return to freedom, as well as genuine compassion between human beings -- not the fake bureaucratic compassion of the State that is ultimately enforced via guns and cages.
At his heart, Mark Stewart represents the best things about Connecticut: our dedication to liberty, excitement for entrepreneurship, and faith in decentralized community control. He would return power from the Dannel Malloys in Hartford back to our town halls, churches and homes.
Connecticut is and always has been a revolutionary land. We were rebelling against the British Monarchy decades before 1776. And that dream for a free society still exists in the Land of Steady Habits.
Mark Stewart represents that dream. And for that reason, he should be our next Governor.