“If not now, when? If not me, who?” Clint Didier answered by entering the Senate race. He is giving up his rewarding life as farmer, small businessman, and high school football coach to face the slings and arrows of a political battle. What motivates him so strongly that he would interrupt his life, family, and career to seek service in the US Senate? He understands the past, sees the present, and envisions a future that must be changed before it can occur. For the sake of his children and grandchildren, he must step forward and lead that change.
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Didier is an early example of an American political and social revival. For 75 years government has grown, regulation increased, entitlements expanded, and education degraded. Elected officials of both parties have promised reform, been elected, rotted in office, and purchased reelection with yet more promises, handouts, and borrowing. The American people are awakening to the impending fiscal catastrophe, and they want it prevented before it is too late.
What is Didier made of? He was a farm kid who worked hard from childhood, honing a work ethic that would see him far in life. His burning desire to play pro football was not about to be denied when coaches told him he was too slightly built. Playing hard and smart only got him part way; untold hours and self discipline in the weight room over the years built him up into condition to compete. He was drafted by the Washington Redskins and over a 9 year NFL career, played in 3 Super Bowls. The skinny kid from Eltopia earned a spot on the national stage with determination, perseverance, and guts.
Didier put his NFL earnings into a farm in Eastern Washington and began raising his family. Besides running that 1,000 acre farm, Didier owns and works a small excavation firm, and has coached the Connell High School football team for 11 years. His dream is to instill the ambition, drive, and opportunity he created for himself in others at an impressionable age. Here is a short bio:
Didier’s prime concern is the self serving, stultifying bureaucracy that has become of public education. He wants to roll back federal and NEA control of public education. Public schools worked well when control was local. They are now failing to educate our children – turning out graduates who cannot compete. This race to the bottom of the last half century will only reverse when control and school choice is returned directly to the citizens whose children are in the system.
Didier wants to reform entitlements before we become as bankrupt as Greece. He foresees disaster if Congress does nothing about our current debt and expanding future liabilities of Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid combined with Health Care. It will take courage and strong leadership to face these facts and move legislation to make such programs sustainable, or replace them over time. Pandering to recipients to secure votes has resulted in repeated failure. Didier is a proven leader, and will advance realistic plans to reform these programs.
Like the rest of us, Didier has been on the receiving end of government regulation and bureaucracy. As a farmer, he is continuously forced to deal with federal crop mandates, reporting requirements, and senseless overregulation. In his excavation business, he is always dealing with micromanagement from agencies of all levels. His experiences attempting to provide employment to young people have been stymied by layers of labor laws; the end result of which makes sure no American kid will ever have a chance to learn how to hold a job. Didier will bring sorely needed practical experience to Congress which is needed as a backstop against the many unintended consequences of legislation written by lawyers and academics.
The political left will become apoplectic over Didier’s conservative positions. Murray’s team has been sharpening knives to fight Dino Rossi and should Didier emerge the victor, they will have little ammunition to use against him. Didier has no apparent liabilities other than a small exposure as a farmer accepting some government programs as a cost of doing business. He has a mixed blessing with Kemper Freeman Jr. as a supporter. Freeman can raise money, but the Seattle media has been pounding Freeman for years because he favors cars and busses over light rail. They may not find many chinks in Didier’s armor, but you can bet they will savage Freeman and tie him to Didier every chance they get.
Is Didier electable in Washington State? Washington is filled with knee-jerk liberal voters, many of whom vote for Democrats based on one single issue – abortion. There are two keys to a Didier victory. First; seeing Didier in person is a remarkable experience. He is criss-crossing the state to make his case to as many as possible. He has wonderful bearing, exudes self confidence, and states his positions with eloquence, sincerity, and common sense. Didier has some residual star power from his days in pro ball which will help in some sectors.
Second; between now and November more Washingtonians must become aware of the true fiscal danger our nation is facing. They have to realize that their children’s future is in dire peril and the only chance to save them is to toss out incumbents everywhere and give new leadership a chance. As this awareness rises, Didier’s positions on the important issues will become an advantage.
Didier is a prime example of the Founding Fathers’ vision of the citizen legislator. Their intent was for individuals to leave their businesses, sacrifice a few years of their lives, and perform an honorable duty for their country. It is time to go back to that ideal, and Clint Didier is a shining example of just such a man.
Here is Didier’s campaign website. Take a close look at him. You may be getting to know our next Senator: