Once you get this straight in your mind, the rest of politics falls into place. It really is a matter of how you look at things and what your end goals really are.
Now Republicans’ rhetoric makes it “sound” as though they are going to do wonders for the people who elect them. But there’s a big, big gap in what they “say” and what actually happens. That’s why most people do not trust politicians, and, frankly, I don’t blame them. They have been lied to again and again and again. “We’re going to do something about your trash collection.” Still the same old thing with trash piling up and trucks running late. “That water treatment plant is out of date. We’re going to get the money and build a NEW one for the city. We’re looking into the FUTURE.” Oh, yeah, and the folks in Flint, MI, and Jackson, MS is still so nasty only a blind fool would use it. Other communities are just as bad. Strangely enough, it seems these things always seem to happen in Black, brown, and Native American homes, but very seldom in white homes.
What is odd is if things keep happening, and the Black residents have complained to either city or county officials, but nothing has been done over a period of some time, what happens if a WHITE person steps in and pulls that card. I know this to be true because of what happened right out in front of our property. There’s a sharp curve in the road and people tend to take it much too fast. At least four or five time a year, people’s cars were winding up in our neighbor’s yard, hitting one of our trees in front of the pasture fence, or spinning across the road into the ditch. No one was ever seriously injured, to my knowledge, but it did total out quite a few vehicles. My neighbor, who happens to be Black, complained to the county numerous times. Nothing. This particular time, I went back to the house and got the county commissioner’s email and let her have it. She knows I’m white. By the end of the next day, ALL of the curves on that road had warning signs. We haven’t had an accident since. But I shouldn’t have had to do that. She’s a Republican.
Democrats, on the other hand, have the stated goal of helping people, and it drives the Republicans absolutely crazy. That’s why they scream ‘socialism’. Since the day of Franklin D Roosevelt, Democrats have consistently delivered on policies and programs that make the lives of the everyday working American easier and better. They include such things that we take for granted today like:
- Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) that protects your money in banks
- Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) built a good many of our national parks
- Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) built hydroelectric dams all over the Southeast and brought electric power to many rural areas
- Agricultural Adjustment Authority (AAA) paid farmers not to grow certain crops to help keep prices up and help keep them solvent
- National Recovery Administration (NRA) enforced codes that regulated wages, working conditions, and prices
- Public Works Administration (PWA) built ports, schools, and aircraft carriers
- Rural Electrification Project (REP) helped farmers get electricity out to their farms
- Works Progress Administration (WPA) employed men and women to build schools, hospitals, parks, and airports; employed artists, writers, and musicians
- Social Security Act (SS) Made it possible for seniors to have a reliable income in their later years so they wouldn’t have to live in crushing poverty
These are only a few of the programs his administration was responsible for creating and putting into place. Other Democratic Presidents have followed in the same vein. Kennedy formed the Peace Corps. Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act. Clinton had welfare reform and education during his administration. Obama’s crowning achievement, in spite of being stymied by a Republican Congress, was the Affordable Care Act. Now Biden is rolling along signing bill after bill, much to their collective dismay. What his “signature” accomplishment will be remains to be seen. But he has already returned our economy to a pre-recession level, lowered unemployment to record lows, and stimulated manufacturing to record levels. All while giving unprecedented aid to a small country at war with a very large enemy of ours. It boggles the mind.
If this is “socialism”, then I’ll take it. I’d rather have it than people who grab power for its own sake and become greedy and corrupt in the process, and step all over the working people in the process. I have no use for that. If you can’t pull someone up with you, then you are of no use to the rest of us. Get out of the way. You are a blight on society.
That’s why I choose the Democratic Party. There’s lots of diversity over here. Yeah, they squabble and fuss among themselves, but we will also unite and fight like hell when we have to just like a family. And right now, with everything the Republicans are trying to do, we are united.
Vote for me in November for State Senate in District 29. I’ll work for you, not myself. And remember to vote BLUE from top to bottom. It’s time to vote these people out and get fresh voices who care about YOU.