Though Winston Churchill may have been right at the time he said “History is written by the victors," that may no longer be the case.
That was a time before the age of the Internet, C-SPAN, citizen journalists, and 24 hour news shows. As a civics and history teacher, Churchill's statement has long made me skeptical of how much we can believe of what we read and see reported by our media and leaders. As a candidate for Congress in North Carolina's 8th District, I have recently had a personal reminder to be vigilant.
My opponent Robin Hayes, who many of you may recognize as one of the 10 richest members of the entire House or Senate, has been experimenting lately with some revisionist history of his own about jobs and the economy, his support of oil interests, and his reversals on bad Free Trade deals.
Then there is this video I'm sure Robin Hayes wishes didn't exist.
But it does exist, so please help me tell the true story. Reversing our narrow defeat by 330 votes in 2006 into an overwhelming victory in November 2008 comes down to good people like yourselves ready for change.
That's why it truly is up to us to send one of us to Washington!
Steal this video.
I'm sure I don't need to tell you that had our campaign been in this position in July of 2006, I'd be serving you in Congress right now instead of running in one of the closest rematches in the nation. It's truly is up to us, and I'm doing my part.
When the people take their country back this November it will be all of you who are the victors and I know I can count on you to hold all of us on both sides of the aisle accountable as we move forward and write history.