January 22, 2004
This is What I've Learned in My 60 Years: What It Means to be a Democrat
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I'm originally from Oklahoma, raised poor and have worked all of my life and feel that I am now lower middle class. I have lived in Tennessee, worked in a truck garden and planted, cut and sorted tobacco. I certainly don't make the money that they consider middle class. I'm now 60 years old and still make less than $30K a year, which I consider pretty good wages. I'm a life-long Democrat and proud to say I'm a liberal. I don't know if age means or experience means anything to you but I would like to share what I have learned:
That black man that works in your area has a mother and father, a wife and children and he loves them just like you love your family. He just wants to make a decent living for them just like you want to for your family. He loves his God just like you do. The only difference between the two of you is the fact that he is black and you are white. He's not out to steal your job and you don't have to be afraid of him.
The person who is trying to drive the wedge between you and made sure you two are at odds all the time is that man you work for who wants both of you to work for as little as he can give you so that he can make more money for himself. You don't live in an upscale neighborhood, in an expensive home and drive an expensive car, do you? Neither does that black man working down the shop floor from you. The man who owns the corporation or company you work for does and he's able to do that on the sweat and labor of both of you. He doesn't care about you or your family but if you and that black man you work with were both in the service and he was standing behind you ready to defend your life with his own, it wouldn't make any difference what color he was, would it?
No one wants to take your guns away. No one wants to take away your right to hunt or protect yourselves. It would just be appreciated if our schools were not a war zone, if our innocent babies were not killed by the careless guns left around the house to be used by a another innocent baby who has no idea what he is doing and I just don't see why a hunter would need an oozie to shoot a deer. I've been deer hunting also rabbit hunting, squirrel hunting, coon hunting and frog giggin'. I wouldn't have taken a shot gun to go frog giggin' but I found a shot gun certainly sufficient to kill a deer, rabbit and squirrel.
I believe gays and lesbians have rights as human beings. I do not believe because of their sexual orientation they should be condemned to a loveless companionless life nor be ridiculed or be considered less than human. I am not gay but I certainly wouldn't want to live my life alone and without someone to love and love me in return. I wouldn't want anyone else to either, no matter what their sexual orientation. It doesn't rub off, really. They should be able to serve in the military, work and exist without shame or harassment just as any other law abiding citizen in the United States is allowed to do. Again, if that gay man and you were both in the service and he was standing behind you ready to defend your life with his own, it wouldn't make any difference what his sexual orientation was, would it?
I truly believe that “all men are created equal” and all should have a right to “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” ALL!!!
Why would you condemn your children or grandchildren to a life of struggle, strife and poverty just because you think we Democrats are Godless heathens, that the black man is trying to steal your jobs, the Democrats are trying to take their guns away and that God belongs to the Republicans when none of that is true at all. The Republicans don't care any more about you than they do about that black man. They want you to be poor and struggle because that way you will work for them for any kind of wages and be happy to do so. They are not going to help you out of the abyss of poverty.
You think George W. Bush is like you, he's not. He owns a huge ranch in Crawford, Texas, but he didn't struggle for it nor did he earn it nor does he work it. He got his money from doing the same thing with his stock that they are trying Martha Stewart for right now. He's a privileged man whose father is rich, very rich. He's rich, very rich. His Corporate friends are rich, very rich. You, on the other hand, are not rich and never will be as long as you depend on the Republican's to give you a hand up. They won't now, never will and never have.
It was a Democrat that gave us Social Security and the WPA and helped the common man when he needed help. It is the Democrats that try to raise the minimum wage, try to provide health care for everyone, try to keep your Medicare benefits and Social Security in tact, not the Republicans.
I'm a life-long Democrat and proud of it. I care, we all do. We want you to be whatever you can be. We don't want to hold you down or keep you down. We want to lift you up so you can be everything you can be. We want to help you educate your children with a good education so that they can have good paying jobs. We want you to work your family farms and be able to make a decent living on them. We want you and your family to have health care so you don't have to worry when one of your children gets sick or when you get sick. We want your parents to be able to buy their medicine and pay their bills and not have to choose between one or the other. We want you to be able to live in a decent home and drive a decent car. We want you and your children to be able to live in a country where the air is fresh, the water is clean and the skies are blue. We want this for ALL Americans...All Americans, not just the privileged or the ones born to money. I want all of this for you and for me and for the black man and the gay man and the red man and the Jewish man, and the Islamic man and even the man who doesn't believe in anything.
That's what I've learned in my 60 years. Think about it!!
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