Maybe we have more in common than we think
| GUEST COLUMN
“She’s a Democrat.”
Numerous times I’ve heard this phrase spoken in a hushed tone while eyes attempt not to stare at me like I have three heads. Being a Democrat in Hood County, Texas can be an exercise in fortitude.
I’ve been called a snowflake, an idiot and other names I won’t repeat. I’ve also had numerous experiences of people saying something negative about “liberals” to my face because they assume I am a Republican.
I take it all in stride. While many may not agree with me, that’s okay. This is America, land of the free! We are free to disagree! I am proud of who I am and my beliefs. Let me tell you why:
I realized I was a liberal was when George W. Bush campaigned for a second term on one-man, one-woman marriage as part of his platform.
I could not get in line with the philosophy that some Americans are not afforded equal rights based on who they loved.
I am proud to advocate for equality. No matter skin color, income, sexuality or gender, everyone is entitled to fair treatment under the law.
I care about healthcare. I don’t think people should die or go broke because they had the misfortune of becoming ill.
I am not pro-abortion, but I am for access to birth control. I believe in doctors being in charge of healthcare decisions, not legislators.
I believe in taking care of our Earth so that we can have clean air to breathe and clean water to drink.
I believe putting people over profits can make the world a better place.
I believe in our country and freedom. I believe in freedom of religion. I do not believe in using laws to give preferential treatment to one religion over another. I believe it is immoral to feel superior over others because of my religious beliefs, my birthplace or my skin color.
I am enthusiastic about voting and encouraging others to vote. Voting education and making voting accessible to all is one of my great passions.
Being a Democrat, to me, means serving my community. I enjoy volunteering, and I believe it is my duty as a citizen.
For example, every summer the Hood County Democratic Club works to feed kids who may not have been getting a meal otherwise. Public service is what politics is supposed to be about.
I believe in strong public education. Public education is the backbone of our society. (This does not mean I’m a Socialist.)
I believe in strongly opposing white supremacy and systematic racism. (This does not make me ANTIFA.)
Do I hate Republicans? Could I live in Hood County if I did? Some of my closest family and friends are Republicans. You don’t have to agree with people to love them.
I believe our government works best when both parties compromise to serve constituents, not lobbyists and billionaires.
The Democratic Party isn’t perfect. But I feel it best represents my values and the future I want to see for my children. I suspect members of both parties could learn a lot if they stopped arguing and started listening.
I know I am not the only one who feels a little misunderstood, so I encourage everyone to turn off cable news and actually talk to your neighbors; you might be surprised what you agree on.
Whether you’re a proud Democrat, a liberal in hiding or an independent who doesn’t know where you fit in, if you would like to get involved with the local party or just spend time with like-minded individuals, the Hood County Democrats and Hood County Democratic Women have monthly meetings. To get more information go to https://hooddemocrats.org or www.facebook.com/hoodcountydems