Another Democratic loss last night in Georgia. Not surprising, but many hopes were dashed and the GOP looking for some inkling that they might survive the passing of the American Health Care Act were relieved.

Any American who is capable of critical thinking, one who cares about their own healthcare, one who believes that our children are entitled to a future where our planet is not destroyed by climate change knows that if we don’t change the House and the Senate in 2018 we will no longer recognize this nation.

Once we were a country where we respected decorum, where truth mattered and lies called out.

Fairness was part of our doctrine and we made an effort to change for the better.

We protected our right to vote and made laws that looked for a day when we were equal regardless of race and gender. The opportunity to love each other based on what is in our hearts and not our sexuality was sanctified by the Supreme Court. Going to jail was taken off the table for minor drug offenses and the privatization of prisons was no longer a path for profit. A more inclusive society was being built. Much was still wrong, too many Black people were dying at the hands of cops, but community programs were put into place to change the dynamic and investigation were being done to remove racist cops from their ranks.

Then Donald Trump was elected. In a few short months, we are no longer a global leader, we are a laughing stock as Trump is a liar, with a third-grade level of speech that often doesn’t know what part of the world he is in and what is transpiring. More Americans voted for Hillary Clinton than Trump but our electoral college system effectively wiped out the people’s will. For those of us who knew the devastation that was coming, we became despondent and depressed. But we found the will to rise and to resist.

We formed new organizations and came together. We were not content to sit back and let this man and the GOP destroy America. Yesterday, felt like we got kicked in the teeth. But it is so important to keep it in perspective, one that allows for the fact that in a very red state, one that has been that way for many many years, Democrats were competitive. And for those that got out and canvased and helped people to vote we need to honor their effort.

But it is also a time to remember and to really hone in on what being a Democrat means.

The party in 2016 created a platform that laid out in detail what we stand for. It is a good time to revisit that. The following is a list compiled from the platform. It is not complete but meant to be representative of what it means to be a Democrat. Please share with those who need to be reminded.

1. Raise incomes and Restore Economic Security for the Middle Class

  1. Raise the minimum wage to 15$
  2. Support workers right to unionize
  3. Equal pay for women
  4. Address flexible work schedule
  5. Help family caregivers
  6. Share in record corporate profits
  7. Expand access to Affordable Housing and Homeownership
  8. PROTECT SOCIAL SECURITY

2. Create good paying jobs

  1. 21st infrastructure
  2. Manufacturing renaissance
  3. Stop companies like Trump’s from outsourcing jobs
  4. Clean energy jobs

3. Support America’s small business

  1. Cut red tape
  2. Provide tax relief and simplification

4. Fight for Economic Fairness and against Inequality

  1. Reining in Wall Street and fixing financial system (Trump and GOP have already undone the regulations put in place to prevent another 2008 economic disaster)
  2. Making the WEALTHY PAY THEIR FAIRE SHARE OF TAXES
  3. Supporting Trade that is Fair and Benefits American Workers

5. Bring Americans Together and Remove Barriers to Opportunities

  1. Ending Systemic Racism
  2. Closing Racial Wealth Gap
  3. Reform Our Criminal Justice System
  4. Fix Our Broken Immigration System
  5. Guaranteeing Civil Rights
  6. GUARANTEEING WOMEN’S RIGHTS
  7. GUARANTEEING LESBIAN, GAY, BISEXUAL AND TRANSGENDER RIGHT
  8. GUARANTEEING RIGHT FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES’
  9. Respecting Faith and Service
  10. Investing in Rural America
  11. Ending Poverty and Investing in Communities Left Behind
  12. Promoting Arts and Culture
  13. Honoring Indigenous TRIBAL NATIONS

6. Protecting Voting Rights, Fix Our Campaign Finance System and Restore Our Democracy

7. Combat Climate Change, Build a Clean Energy Economy and Secure Environmental Justice

  1. Protecting our Private Lands and Water (not selling them off as the GOP is going to do)

8. Provide Quality and Affordable Education

  1. Provide relief from crushing student debt
  2. Support Historically Black Colleges and Minority Serving Institutions
  3. Guaranteeing Universal Pre-K and Good Schools for every child

9. Ensure the HEALTH AND SAFETY OF ALL AMERICANS

  1. UNIVERSAL HEALTH CARE
  2. Combating Drug and Alcohol Addiction
  3. Treating Mental Health
  4. Support those with Autism and their families
  5. SECURING REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH, RIGHTS, AND JUSTICE
  6. Ending Violence Against Women
  7. PREVENTING GUN VIOLENCE

10. Principled Leadership (No longer a viable option with  Trump)

11. SUPPORT OUR TROOPS AND KEEP FAITH WITH OUR VETERANS

12. Confront Global Threats

13. PROTECT OUR VALUES

14. A Leader In The World

 

There is a world of difference between being a Democrat and a Republican. To suggest that they are the same and that Hillary Clinton was no better than Donald Trump means that you aren’t capable of reason and critical thinking. Facts matters. Policy matters, who gets put on the Supreme Court and in our federal judgeships matter.

And here’s the thing, your local elections matter. It is there that the voter suppression was given birth to and expanded from local to statewide suppression of the African American voter.

You can’t just vote every four years. It is important to pay attention to all elections especially ones the state House and Senate.

You say it doesn’t make a difference? Talk to me when you no longer can afford health insurance and there is no longer a clinic to get health care. Talk to me when your water is undrinkable and more jobs are lost and even less opportunity becomes a reality. Talk to me as the rich get richer and the middle class no longer exists.

-Jan Harrison

 

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8 COMMENTS

  1. I’m an Independent voter until a party puts climate as the Number 1 problem to solve – as Bernie and the military chiefs and scientists around the world have declared: all other problems are less compared to the Earth and all human beings dying soon!!!!

    • If either party could control the climate, they would be using it for a weapon by now. I too am independent and I look for candidates that back the American worker. I can handle climate by myself.

  2. It amazes me how people can fight for some rights and not all rights. Then because they can’t accept the idea that other people may have opinions or be right they attack them. Both verbally and physically.
    Sad part is some of the ideas are good. However, some are not or are not full truthes.

  3. Unless we become truly progressive and move 10 years into the future in the next 3 years we will cease to be a part of the world. Today, South Korea said they are going to build the hyperloop, along with China, Saudi Arabia, Russia , and Britain…China will be the #1 solar country in the world in a few years, and Chinese solar and wind over night energy storage units will be sold in Lowes and Home Depot…while we are still digging coal.. Some countries say they will stop building gas powered cars in 10 years..Britain last week had two days where wind powered the entire country.. We better wake up.

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