At the February 17th DCQC meeting we will hear from Duane Blumberg former Mayor of Sahuarita, Lora Nastase who is running for a seat on the Sahuarita Village Board, and Billy Kovacs who is running for CD2. The meeting will start at 3 PM Saturday in the Kino Conference Center, 1490-1 N Quail Range Lp, #1 E. Quail Crossing Blvd., Green Valley, AZ 85614.
Janet and Lois Connell will host the post-meeting potluck. If you are interested in attending please bring a dish to pass and a beverage. RSVP to Janet at firstname.lastname@example.org
At the March 17th DCQC Meeting we will hear a presentation from Shura Wallin one of the founders of the Green Valley-Sahuarita Samaritan.
CD2 Democratic Forum Sunday, February 25
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Reasons to be a Democrat
After thinking about this topic and several online searches I have co-opted the following.
Democrats believe –
in economic security for everyone, not just the top 5% of Americans. Republicans seem to object to this, in part I think because they suffer from the “I am special complex, no one else could do this except me.”
that government giving money to the rich doesn’t create jobs for the rest of us. Republicans seem to justify government handouts (corporate welfare) to the rich because they think it creates jobs – there is no evidence for this.
the government should reward businesses only after they have created jobs for Americans. Again, trickle-down economics seems to be the reason Republicans disagree with this.
in a free enterprise system for the working and middle classes, not just global corporations. Republicans seem to view the economy as a zero-sum game. “If you win I lose.” Economies don’t work this way.
in government needs to be big enough to strangle big business when it oversteps it bounds. Republicans seem to want small government because markets will solve all problems. Markets are amoral, businesses can quickly turn into scams and consumers need protection.
in free competitive economic markets for local and small businesses, not just monopolistic corporations. See the comment above.
in a fair tax system — one that promotes innovation and industry, not an imbalanced tax system that rewards greed and excess. Republicans hate for taxes and the government they pay for makes them poor citizens. In fact, it makes them social parasites.
no one should go bankrupt, lose their home and life savings, or die because they can’t afford health care. Republicans are social Darwinists. What they are missing is humans are primates and all primates survive because they co-operate in social groups.
in policies that support families — like paid parental leave, more support for public schools, a safe and sustainable environment, more prenatal health care, better support for working moms, better daycare programs for our children and immigration policies that don’t punish children or split up families. Current Republican policies on this topic seem to have a distinct racial and economic basis that favor Caucasians and the wealthy.
in personal responsibility and social responsibility. Republicans will say they are for this and Democrats are against it. They are wrong.
that my opinions, beliefs, and values should be based on reason, evidence, and compassion, not on fear, anger, and ignorance. The use of fear and demagoguery is rampant in getting people to vote for Republican candidates.
undocumented residents are my brothers and sisters first, and “illegal” immigrants only second. Again, current Republican policies on this topic seem to have a distinct racial and economic basis that favor Caucasians and the wealthy.
in fiscal responsibility, but that sacrifice should first come from those who can afford it, not from the poor. The rich benefit from the government more than the poor and middle class, they need to pay their fair share.
the rich don’t always earn their wealth, and the poor frequently aren’t to blame for their poverty. Again, the rich benefit from the government more than the poor and middle class, they need to pay their fair share.
no one should be homeless, hungry, abused, or neglected regardless of the causes. This is because Democrats have empathy. Republics seem to have a diminished feeling of empathy.
prisons should be for violent offenders, not drug addicts. Prisons have become big business. All prisons need to be owned and run by the state.
terrorism is a reprehensible criminal act, not an act of war. The “war on terror” is deeply flawed. The war on terror is an excuse so that private contractors can make a lot of tax dollars.
to be great America doesn’t have to be better than every other country, but only constantly improving in providing every American the equal and fair opportunity to flourish.
each person, regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, or sexual orientation, deserves equal respect and equal rights to pursue a meaningful life. Republicans seem too like only those who are like themselves
we are responsible for each other. Republicans don’t seem to care about anyone but themselves. It is unlikely that this is true, but that is the impression they give.
it is not anyone’s business what I do in my own home unless I am hurting someone else with my actions. Democrats want to help me protect my privacy. Republicans want to invade it.
Democrats think women are individuals. Republicans think women are appliances and their only purpose is to spit out babies.
Democrats celebrate diversity. Republicans seem to hate it.
science is awesome; science is fundamentally honest. Facts don’t have agendas. Democrats think that listening to experts about the facts is a good idea, regardless of the news. Republicans only like experts who agree with them.
every citizen of our nation has the right to the best healthcare and education available to them. Democrats want people to be healthy and educated. Republicans want them stupid and filling prescriptions so their drug company sponsors can keep their profits high.
Democrats think it is better to stop a crime from happening. Republicans think it is better to punish criminals severely.
Democrats think massive income disparity is fundamentally bad for our economy as a whole. We all do better when citizens aren’t poor. Our economy functions better when we aren’t encouraging our citizens to leverage themselves to the hilt on minuscule wages but rather have citizens who can afford the things that they buy. Republicans think that if we massively increase the worth of our top 1% of earners that this will somehow “trickle down” to the adoring masses, thankful for their master’s scraps.
I have great respect for anyone who joins the military. They are to be admired and thanked for their service. That said, I am under no illusions that just because someone is a member of the military that it automatically qualifies them for sainthood. Any organization with hundreds of thousands of members will have its fair share of idiots, liars, criminals, and bullies. The idea that just because someone wears the uniform means they are somehow beyond reproach is ridiculous. I also think that there is no need to spend more on our military than the next twenty nations combined, most of whom are allies. We have lots of tanks. We have plenty of fighters and bombers. We do not need to spend countless billions to enrich military contractors at the expense of our elderly and our poor. Democrats want to amend this. Republicans want to increase it.
private citizens never need machine guns; I know most gun owners are responsible folks who understand that guns are dangerous and need to be handled and stored properly. Democrats would like to ensure that the possession of these dangerous tools is limited to those who have no criminal record, no history of mental illness and that a reasonable waiting period is in place between the purchase of the weapon and the picking up of the weapon to help prevent crimes of passion. Republicans think that it should be easier to purchase a gun than it is to get a driver’s license or register to vote.
saying America is perfect does not actually makes America perfect.
all things must adapt to changing times and realities in order to succeed and grow. We live in a constitutional republic. The framers of our constitution understood that it was impossible to anticipate every possible innovation or change we may experience as a nation and put in place a provision wherein we can amend and adjust our constitution to meet new challenges and realities. We have availed ourselves of this provision on multiple occasions. I feel that this was one of the wisest things our framers did. Democrats understand and celebrate this. Republicans do not.
So here is the problem despite all of these perceived differences we are all Americans – Democrats and Republics, how did we get so divided? And, how do we solve the problem of unification?