I get that things don’t look very good for Democrats right now. I get that 45’s distractions can dominate the news cycle. I will not give up. (More)

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I am 70 years old. I have lived through Vietnam and Watergate. I have lived through civil rights and the women’s movement. For a while I thought that progress and more progress was a given. I was wrong but I am not giving up on progress. I am not giving up on the idea that America has room for everyone to succeed.

I believe in the Democrats’ vision of a country that works for everyone. Have we always gotten it right? No way but at least we were/are trying to do the right thing. Could we do a better job of messaging? Absolutely we could. Should some policies be changed? Absolutely they could and should be.

But, consider the Republican alternative. I in no way favor making corporations and the very wealthy even richer by taking away services from the middle class and the poor. I think health care is a right and not a privilege. Those citizens who turned out at town halls across the country agree with me. Whatever scheme the GOP is now working on will not be any better than their last fiasco because all they are looking to do is the find monies for extravagant tax cuts for the richest people.

I believe that immigrants make our country a better place. I believe that for all the laws we have passed and maybe not enforced, that people of color are still getting the shaft. I believe that women should receive equal pay for equal work. I believe that investing in the education of all our kids will give our country a better future. I believe in science and facts.

I will resist alternative facts and lies. I will not compromise with the kleptocrats. I will listen to the people who were conned by 45 and perhaps have sympathy as they discover they are getting the short end of his shtick. I will not concede the ideals of the American experiment.

I am a Democrat. I am a liberal. I am a progressive. I am a pragmatist. I am not alone and we shall rise again.

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