David McGuffie – Why I am a Democrat

Imagine a world where healthcare and education are privatized leading to rising costs, many animals are now extinct, hordes of people are on the streets, begging for a dime, no public lands as they are now all in the hands of multimillionaires; and an earth that is scorched causing famines leading to mass immigration. If this sounds familiar, these things are all courtesy of the GOP. That is why I am a democrat. I am fighting for those things to NOT happen. I feel the Democratic party best exemplifies the best of humanity and most aligns with my core beliefs of caring for my fellow man and providing a hand up not a hand out.  I, also, feel it best defends the Constitution and the dreams for our country by our forefathers who wrote it.

I am a Democrat because I believe in HOPE and FREEDOM! We are the party with HEART, not the party of GREED! We embrace everyone. I am progressive because I believe we can do better as a party and I sincerely care about the future of our children, grandchildren and the future of our planet. I believe in universal healthcare for all, a plan that doesn’t distinguish us by income inequality. I am Pro-Choice. I believe in equal pay and support enacting laws that will stop violence against women, promoting equal rights for women and electing more women to public office, because I believe for way too long women have been treated as second-class citizens. Only Native Americans are natural Americans. The rest of us are all immigrants. We should treat all immigrants as we hope and believe our ancestors were treated. I am a Democrat because I believe in America and the Constitution that allows its melting pot of citizens to have rights that allow the people to live in peace due to the protections in a framework of laws that apply to everyone. The most important being Separation of Church and State that has allowed us to be a successful country by not allowing religion to sideline our laws.

I am a Democrat because we DO NOT support Racism! Nor would Democrats ever nominate a racist candidate for any office. I support FREE COLLEGE for ALL because if we are going to be the leader in technology, we need to educate our youth to be better than what we were. It’s my understanding that’s what every parent’s hope is for their children. I support raising wages for the working class thus closing the wealth gap as America prospers when we all prosper. Healthy, financially secure and stable workers are much more productive. But most importantly, I am a Democrat because I believe in FREEDOM!
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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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