Why We Are Democrats

Why We Are Democrats

We sometimes wonder how to articulate why we identify as Democrats.  Here are some thoughts.  Do you have others?

What Democrats are Fighting For
What Democrats are Fighting Against
·        A living wage for all Americans
·        Wage stagnation and wage suppression
·        Strong unions to protect American workers
·        Anti-union legislation and union busting policies
·        Social Security and Medicare
·        Privatization of Social Security and Medicare
·        Stealing funds from Social Security to pay for tax cuts for billionaires
·        Programs to support Americans who cannot support themselves
·        Cuts to important programs such as disability benefits and food stamps
·        Regulations to protect American investors
·        Deregulation of Wall Street
·        Affordable, quality health care for all Americans
·        Destruction of the Affordable Care Act
·        A strong and effective Veterans Association
·        Privatization of the VA
·        Programs that address veteran homelessness and prevent veteran suicide
·        Defunding of essential veterans’ programs
·        Policies based on scientific research and facts
·        Policies based on religious bias, racism, xenophobia, and misogyny
·        Good preschool education for all young children
·        Defunding of preschool education programs
·        Affordable college for all American families
·        Deregulation of for profit colleges
·        Deregulation of education loan programs
·        Affordable child care
·        Cutting programs that provide child care to low income families
·        A woman’s right to choose her own health care and family planning
·        Taking away a woman’s right to choose
·        Defunding of Planned Parenthood
·        The right of everyone to marry whom they choose
·        Making same-sex marriage illegal
·        Environmental protections and effective efforts to address climate change
·        Elimination of environmental protection regulations
·        Lowering standards of automobile emissions and mileage standards
·        Strong borders with compassionate and fair immigration policies
·        Honoring our promise to Dreamers
·        Denying basic human rights to individuals and families seeking asylum in our country