Why I am a Democrat.

The election is over and Barack Obama has been reelected. I won’t lie, I breathed a huge sigh of relief. Thank God.

But today it was brought home to me how perhaps we have begun to classify, wrongly I hope, people in both parties. Overwhelmingly today I read that Republicans were racists who hated poor people and that Democrats are lazy and just want a hand out. I know several republicans, and they aren’t racist. I myself am a proud democrat and I am not lazy or looking for a hand out.  And so, not that you asked, I give you why I am a democrat.

First and foremost I am a democrat because I want to help others, not because I want help. I am happy to pay my taxes and happy to help others. I LOVE that we all pour our money into one great pot to take care of one another. That brings me closer to you. If you do well, I do well. If I do well, you do well. I’m thrilled to pay taxes that go to schools, roads, fire and police departments and yes…defense.

There is a misnomer in this country that you cannot be a liberal and a Patriot and I am here to tell you that is simply false. I love my country fiercely. I am grateful every single day to have been born in this great country.

We democrats, we work, we pay our taxes. We believe in God or not, we believe you have the right to believe in God…or not. We believe in family. We believe in country. We believe in lifting ourselves up by our bootstraps AND also reaching down to help someone else to do the same. We believe that a woman should have control of her own body. We believe that all rape is forcible. We believe in equal pay for equal work. We believe that old adage “give a man a fish and he’ll eat for a day, teach a man to fish and he’ll eat for a lifetime.” We believe that in order for a country as large and varied as ours to thrive we need a frame-work to exist within and that frame-work is government. We believe the government should protect all citizens. We believe the government should stay out of our bedrooms. We believe that as we move forward so must our government. That DOES NOT mean we hate the constitution, think it’s merely a suggestion or wish to destroy it. We love the Constitution.

Now for me, myself; I do believe in welfare and food stamps. I believe it needs to be reformed, it’s outdated and no longer fits the needs of those who need it. I believe there is a certain standard of living all American’s should have, no child should go hungry or unclothed and I am willing to pay into a fund that helps families with nothing have just enough that they can focus on getting out of needing it. They can focus on getting jobs, education. I believe that education is what breaks the cycle of poverty.

Of course there are those who abuse the system. There always are.

There are also billionaires who use tax loopholes they are grandfathered in on to borrow a churches tax exempt status in order to both not pay taxes and not actually give money to the Church.

Abusers abound.

But that’s no reason to not help those who so desperately need it.

I believe in Medicare, I believe in Social Security. I believe that all Americans should have access to health care and that no child should be denied coverage because they have a preexisting condition.  I believe our Veterans should never worry about their health care, both physical and mental. I believe those who serve our country are the bravest and it moves me to tears when I see them return home heroes and I grieve when one of them makes the ultimate sacrifice. Democrats do NOT hate the military.

I believe in education, I believe in making it accessible to all even if I have to contribute to educate your child. It only makes our country greater. I believe in birth control. Sure, it would be grand if everyone waited till marriage but it ain’t gonna happen and so let’s arm our people with the knowledge of how our bodies work and how to care for them. How to prevent STD’s and pregnancy is important. More education and prevention equals less abortion.

I don’t like abortion. I don’t. I could never have one, unless my life was at stake and only then because I have two beautiful children here to care for. I’ve never come across a pro-choice person who was like HELL YEAH I LOVE ABORTION! I can only make the choice for myself, I cannot chose for you-nor do I want too, but I do want you to be safe and cared for both mentally and physically should you need or want an abortion. I can only pray for more sex education and more birth control so we have fewer abortions.

I am a democrat. I am a Christian. I have strong morals. I believe in family. I believe that family comes in many shapes and sizes and colors and orientations. I believe in working for what I have. I believe in sharing what I have. I believe in loving my fellow man. I believe in raising my children to accept all kinds, and to strive to see other’s points of view. I believe in honoring the office of the Presidency, even if ‘my guy’ isn’t holding office.

So please, not all republicans are rich white racists. Not all democrats are lazy and looking out for a hand out. But all republicans and democrats are Americans.

And this democrat American loves her country.

God bless you, and God Bless America.

 

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23 thoughts on “Why I am a Democrat.

  1. I’m a very moderate Republican and love what you wrote. I’m not racist and I LOVe spending on education and helping to pull others up. Agreed. But, I don’t believe in offering in state tuition to illegal immigrants and free health care to illegals. The democrats in my liberal state of Massachusetts do. But again, nicely said above.

  2. What’s interesting is that with a few very minor changes, I could use this same post to describe why I am a republican. And I think that is true of a lot of my fellows with Rs behind their names. Which just goes to show that the divide between the real people who actually make up our two parties is not so great as the politicians and the media would have us believe.

    Thank you for your respectful political discourse, we need more of this.

  3. Love. Really, really love. You stated how I feel so beautifully. I hope we can remember these traits and find the similarities while compromising on the differences in Washington. Big smooch for writing this.

  4. “I believe in honoring the office of the Presidency, even if ‘my guy’ isn’t holding office.” YES!!! A thousand times over.

    I won’t get into my own personal politics because I believe they should remain just that – personal. But I applaud you for squashing the stigmas attached to BOTH parties. Heir to Blair wrote a similar post from a Republican standpoint and it was excellent as well. I only wish others could discuss politics in the same rational and open-minded way as the two of you did.

  5. “We believe in lifting ourselves up by our bootstraps AND also reaching down to help someone else to do the same.”

    I love that. I’m not American and so I’m not stuck with the Democrat vs. Republican thing, but I’d be on the same side as you if I were American. People really seem to jump on the polemic nature of American politics, but at the end of the day it’s just so ignorant to try to stuff people to either side of the scale. If Democrats were truly that lazy, there would never be a Democratic presidents. If Republicans were so racist and anti-poor, I’m sure that they would be chased right out of the USA. At the end of the day, politics are supposed to bind a country together and those use it as an excuse to turn fellow citizens into enemies have clearly got it all wrong.

  6. I appreciate your attempt to reach out and offer an olive branch to republicans like myself. Republicans believe in many, if not all of the things, YOU have stated, but disagree that the federal government is the best or most efficient vehicle to accomplish them. I don’t know one republican (MAYBE one or two libertarians) that do not believe that a strong, efficient federal government is essential for our country. I do not think it unpatriotic that I resist a federal government imposing it’s will on it’s people. I would be much more receptive to a state or local initiative. It is the very foundation on which this county stands. Power corrupts…larger government is more power…we are our only defense. That’s the rub, isn’t it? Pro-choice people don’t want the government telling women what to do with their bodies but want the government to tell the people who are pro-life that they have to help fund an abortion through taxation. Don’t get me wrong…abortion rights is not an issue I vote on, but the government role on the issue is. I think our founders were brilliant. I don’t think they intended for, nor do I believe the federal government should be a vehicle to impose special interests on each other. That WAS and I think still should be left to the states. That was the reason for a constitutional republic and not a pure democracy…again, brilliant. On a more personal note, I believe you write what is in your heart…just a suggestion…I wouldn’t preface your blog with a sigh of relief and Thanking God that your democrat was elected and then go on to state that republicans are not to be feared. It leaves just a tint of rhetoric for the rest of the piece and makes it hard to reconcile.

  7. Other than thinking it is OK to kill babies, I agree with everything here. But look at the last 50 years. Do the policies of the democratic party actually accomplish what you want? Or do they cause far more problems than they solve?

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