Our country remains sharply divided along political lines. I think we can do better than attacking each other, and in order to bring some clarity to the fray my understanding of the Democratic Party and Democratic values follows.
Democrats are inclusive. They see all people as part of our human family, and welcome all.
Democrats believe in compromise, and believe that we all do better when we cooperate and work together.
Democrats believe in the Golden Rule.
Democrats believe that our economy grows from the hard working middle class, and doesn’t trickle down from the rich. They believe in private enterprise and the free market system, but they also believe that reasonable regulations are needed to stop abuses that pervert our free market, like those that led to the Great Recession of 2008, while still leaving a level playing field to encourage profit and competition. They believe in the right for workers to bargain collectively, as long as they are not preventing others from working, or stopping an essential service . They believe that employers should keep American jobs here in America.
Democrats believe in a balanced budget through a balance of spending cuts and revenue enhancement.
Democrats believe in protecting the environment so that we and future generations can live in the same world that the Creator made for us.
Democrats believe that basic health care should be available to every American, as well as food, clothing, a safe place to live, and the opportunity to get ahead in life.
Democrats believe that education enhances our lives and our country’s well being, and feel that government should promote education.
Democrats believe in keeping our country safe with a strong military, a strong economy, being a good neighbor to the rest of the world, promoting freedom, and providing help to countries that need it.
Democrats believe in individual freedoms, including the right to bear arms under the Second Amendment, but they do not believe that assault weapons, and machine guns should be available, other than to law enforcement and military personnel.
Democrats believe in women’s rights, including the right to choose.
Democrats believe that our seniors deserve the social security and medicare that they paid for while working.
Democrats believe that people should be able to love who they want to love, and that bond should be legally recognized.
Finally, Democrats believe in America, and see a bright future for all of us.
Warm Sorings, Va.