To The Daily Sun,
I am proud to have been a Democrat for many years. But the label Democrat does not mean as much as it used to. In the years before and after WW II it meant standing up for the middle class, the working man, those on welfare and the needy in general.
This was done by legislation supporting unions, budgeting grants for low cost housing, and other social needs. While this was not perfect, the WPA kept many employed during the Great Depression. At that time federal tax laws did not favor the rich with the obscenely low taxes they pay now.
I lay all this history out now because of my concern that the present Democratic Party has lost it's way, lost a reason to be supported, and deserved to lose to Trump. While I supported Hillary as the lesser of two evils I think she ran a terrible campaign. And now I see the party wandering around without any message except how bad Trump is. And the hope the Dems have is that he will be big failure, which may not happen.
There are signs in the grass roots of recognition of this problem. I am getting numerous requests to support small local and national efforts to recruit candidates who will run campaigns which are not built on negatives. They are working on local elections for town, county, state, school board and congress. The Republicans have been doing this for years and now control many states. Controlling states gives tremendous leverage in federal elections.
It is fun for liberals to criticize and laugh at Trump's tweets and the mess he has in his administration. BUT THIS DOES NOT CHANGE ANYTHING! LET'S START PROMOTING LEGISLATION THAT WILL BE POSITIVE FOR ALL OUR CITIZENS! The following organizations are working for all of us even though the memberships are mainly Democrats at this time. I support them both.
One local organization is: https://actionnetwork.org/groups/lakes-region-huddle
- Written by Edward Engler
- Category: Letters
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