The Big Conscience

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket

When you watch Dan Besse engaged in the act of listening-- the simple human act of listening to someone-- you glimpse the young man who left law school with a commitment to serving the poor of North Carolina as a legal aid attorney. I doubt that he's changed much physically since those days; he's still tall and rangy, with that same long-distance runners poise and economy of motion. But it's not that he's leaning down to hear you so much as he's just plain come to meet you, much as he used to call on older clients, house bound people and the women with small children whose legal travails were his responsibility in those early years as a young lawyer.

Around my hometown of Winston-Salem (where he's served on the City Council since 2001) Dan's known as the consumate mediator, and this listening posture, this comprehending stoop, is well known. His ward is perhaps the most wildly aggregate mish-mash of business and residential interests in the city, hosting two major hospitals, the Stratford Road commercial corridor, the historic Ardmore neighborhood and several brand spanking new housing developments. And yet he was reelected after his first term without opposition: here is a man who can satisfy some very different folks' desire to be heard, to be treated fairly, and to approach their own government on an equal footing.

But Besse is far from a simple local pol. He's been present on state-wide boards and commissions for land-use, clean air and water resources since the early 1980's. As most successful conservationists do, he takes an expansive view of environmental issues: preservation now for the future good. Good science should inform use policies. Strong environmental and health policies make good economic sense.

Please look at Dan's website for specifics ( on his biography and positions on all the issues, but join us here at my blog for new media content in the upcoming weeks and months ahead. I've just begun an exciting new documentary project with Dan's campaign that I hope will help my fellow democrats get to know the man I consider to be a major force for conscientious leadership and simply one of the smartest public servants our state has ever produced. Period.

Frank Eaton



I made your links point to

Dan Besse is an excellent candidate

. . . in my estimation. I know a little bit about this guy through being a state employee and having cause to contact him on an issue (of continuing social significance) more than ten years ago. My first and lasting impression was that he is a person of genuine intention but more importantly of genuine integrity. The two qualities do not necessarily come hand-in-hand. Thus I'm very glad to see Dan Besse seeking to extend his public service and would like to see him succeed.

All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing
-Edmund Burke

Great post

Dan is a well-known member of BlueNC. I've been glad to meet him at Dem. Events around the state. I've said it many times - we've got an embarrassment of riches at the Lt. Gov. level - and these guys, and their campaigns, know how to run a race. With all of the people in this race: Besse, Smathers, Dalton, Dellinger (anyone else? that's all I can think of at quarter to 5 in the morning.) and the people in their campaigns have not turned to the ugly name calling and and passive aggressive sniping that we've seen at the Presidential, Senatorial, and Congressional levels. That says something about every single one of the candidates, and although Besse and Smathers are the ones I think best represent real North Carolinians, I will be pleased to vote for any of them in the general election.

Your documentary project sounds fascinating. Isn't it wonderful that we - "the little people" - now have access to resources that let us make our own films, etc., instead of relying on corporate interests to do it for us?

We're changing Democracy.

Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi

I really like Dan Besse

I still don't know which candidate I will vote for, but I can tell you he's one of my top two.

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.

Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.