Kitty Pérez – Why I am a Democrat

When John asked me to put into writing why I chose to belong to the Democratic Party, it occurred to me that I can’t ever remember not being a Democrat!  As the proud daughter of immigrants, and having lived in several different countries, I was taught to appreciate the vast variety of human beings and their cultures.  The diversity found among the citizenry of the United States reflects the entire globe, and is something I relish.  Not only is immigration a natural human process, it is what keeps our country strong and innovative. It is the very foundation of our country. The Democratic Party has not forgotten that fact.  It is the party that welcomes new ideas, and the plethora of people who bring them. It is the party of inclusion and compassion, not exclusion and fear. It is the party of curiosity and tolerance, not ignorance and hatred.

Government is one of the defining elements of a civilization. It provides organization to our communities, by establishing and maintaining systems that keep its population healthy, safe, and educated. But is incumbent on that population to be vigilant in order to ensure that their form of government continues to keep their well-being in mind. During my lifetime, I have come to the conclusion that the ideology and platform of the Democratic Party aligns closely with my own beliefs. I believe that Democrats express more willingness to examine and renovate their government in order to meet the changing needs of the United States and her citizens.

This being said, below is a brief summary of what the Democratic Party supports, and I am happy to stand behind these goals:

  •  Raising wages, closing the wealth gap, strengthening Social Security
  • Lowering health care costs; ensuring all Americans have access to quality, affordable health care; stabilizing Medicare and Medicaid
  • Sensible immigration reform that keeps America’s promise
  • Defending our borders, our ideals, and our institutions
  • Supporting our veterans and military families
  • Fixing our criminal justice system to eliminate systemic racism
  • Guaranteeing rights for minorities, people with disabilities, the LGBTQ community, and all Americans
  • Acting to advance women’s rights, protect access to reproductive care, fight for equal pay, stop violence against women, and elect more women to public office
  • Protecting and promoting every American’s fundamental right to vote
  • Advancing clean energy and climate change action
  • Common-sense gun reforms
  • Smarter infrastructure investments
  • Advancing access to liberty and equality for all
  • Investing in modern education and jobs programs that prepare our kids for tomorrow’s challenges (https://democrats.org/about/what-we-believe/)

Sincerely, and in total solidarity,

Kitty Pérez

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