December 21, 2015, I filed candidacy for the North Carolina House. Though I had been in and around the political arena in some aspect or another for more than 50 years, I must admit there is a very distinct difference between working tirelessly for a candidate and working tirelessly as a candidate.
That said, I admit being a candidate in 2016 was beyond illuminating. At times, it was nothing less than astounding. Recently I talked with an astute and insightful octogenarian friend who said she could never have imagined seeing behavior as witnessed in politics during the 2016 election. I would add nor the caliber of people seemingly “taken in” by outrageous rhetoric.
Over the last months, I have literally ached to comment on comments, to act in kind to actions, and to behave according behaviors. Instead, I chose to comment in a venue and time of reflection rather than bursts overheated passion. That venue and time have come. It is here and now. So welcome to Marva's On Point, an offering of varied news, perspective, analysis and commentary.
Whether speaking truth to power, calling out and holding accountable elected officials, combating injustice, confronting lies and ignorance, shining lights on darkness, spotlighting the incredible, encouraging health and wellness, celebrating the heroic, reverencing the reverent, or laughing at the truly comical, On Point will do so without stooping to the profane. Here we represent the more excellent way.
January 15, 2016
Marva Fisher Baldwin