Dover, NH – Eddie Edwards, Republican candidate for New Hampshire's 1st Congressional District, wrote a piece on American values that was published in the Portsmouth Herald and Foster's Daily Democrat today.
"Edwards on American values of hard work, self-reliance, and patriotism"
I have spoken openly and honestly about how my childhood was one that was challenging. I have images forever in my head of my mother asking for the horrible things being done to her to stop. That was the hands of my father beating and hurting my mother. Those are the earlier memories I have as a young child growing up. Hearing your mother in pain. It’s truthfully something you never forget.
But having the police come to your home. Those lights and sirens meant a place of safety for me. That’s why I joined law enforcement shortly after my active duty military service. I wanted to be in law enforcement because I was drawn to it. Those blue lights and policing has been a part of who I am. It has truly shaped me because I felt that they protected my mother.
Growing up, my grandmother taught me American values of hard work, self-reliance, and patriotism. That same love for our country is what drove me to join the United States Navy and then law enforcement. During both periods of my life, I served every day with pride. In the military and policing, you learn commitment. You learn what character and integrity really are. And you learn that those things matter and matter the most.
That same commitment to public service is what has driven me to run for the United States Congress. I believe that Granite Staters are yearning for a conservative outsider, not another career politician. They want someone from the real world who can change Washington, not someone just looking to climb up the next rung in a political career. We must change the type of people we send to vote on our behalf, which is why I am such a strong advocate for term limits, but that is not enough. We also need to truly examine the character of whom we vote for.
Click here to read the rest of the op-ed at SeacoastOnline.com.