February has a whimsical tradition that we celebrate on the 2nd. The remaining length of our winter is said to be able to be predicted by Punxsutawney Phil, a groundhog. In the popular comedy movie, Groundhog Day, Phil Connors, an arrogant TV weatherman, finds himself caught in a time loop, repeating the same day again and again. Since there are no consequences for his actions, why not participate in bawdy behavior and experience all that life has to offer? After finding himself unable to prevent the death of a homeless man over several time loops, he begins to change his life to avert similar accidents and disastrous situations for people he doesn’t know but about whom he begins to care. Since he learns to be a concert pianist and expert ice sculptor, he must have relived that day thousands of times to gain the expertise and sensitivity he displays by the end of the movie.
January is named after the Roman god, Janus, the god of beginnings and transitions. He is depicted as a two-faced god looking into opposite directions, the past and the future, and is also associated with marriages, births, harvests and other beginnings. To many of us, January symbolizes a transition of past to future, with new resolutions, new hopes and dreams and new beginnings as well as the celebration of things remembered from the previous year.
Imagine being in January, 2019 right now. What will you say you were glad you accomplished in 2018? Each of us will fondly remember time with family and friends, new adventures, new knowledge gained, and wonder how the year went by so quickly. My question for you is, will you celebrate January 2019 remembering how you worked for victory for Governor Hogan and your local representatives? Will you have a sense of satisfaction that you helped stuff envelopes, put out signs, displayed bumper stickers, sign waved, knocked on your neighbor’s doors, and contributed money to the candidates of your choice? Or will you have a sense of regret that you did not do more and that we failed to elect the representatives our state needs?
We have a lot of hard work ahead of us to re-elect Governor Hogan and support him down ballot with enough new senators and delegates to sustain vetoes of bad legislation. We are going to have to negotiate who is doing what to help with this effort and set aside our preferences to win this election. In a state where we are outnumbered 2:1, we need everyone on-board and voting to win!