Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Unity Not a Pronoun But a Verb!

When you speak to democrats lately, their first question is Berniecrat or Hillarycrat. You have to wonder how a party that is so divided into camps can every come together.

The strange thing about this is that for the most part when it comes to issues they all agree and support the same causes.
  1. Opposed to war. Not one young person should every have to give their life for an unworthy cause.
  2. Moving toward green energy as fast as possible.
  3. Treating Immigrants with respect and helping them to get their citizenship.
  4. Protecting our air, water, and planet for future generations.
  5. Making sure that everyone has healthcare and preventive care.
  6. Getting money out of politics
  7. A good education for everyone.
  8. Jobs that supply a wage which makes it possible to live a good middle class life.
  9. Treating women as equals and allowing them to make their own decisions when it comes to work or child bearing. Allowing them to be in control of their family planning.
  10. Supporting law enforcement that is there to protect the public from harm and who treat the public with honor, duty, and respect.

Ask any democrat no matter which group they say they belong to and theses will always be among their top priorities.  

Not everyone wants to be rich and treat people like they are in another class. We leave that to the republicans in this country. Most, maybe not all democrats want to work hard and treat people with respect and fairness. Yet those same individuals are only too willing to hate someone because of who they supported in the last Presidential election. 

The anger must stop and the hate must stop!

When people ask me what I am; I tell them that I am a Democrat! All the rest is in the past. 

Friday, April 28, 2017

Political Active Newcomers to the Democratic Party of New Mexico

I have seen a lot of anger toward the party and the people who have been in the party for a long time. The younger generation is angry and they are demanding change now. They do not want to hear from people who have been working for years to get our current list of government officials elected. They want free everything and a sudden redistribution of wealth in our country that would benefit them without caring about who might get harmed in the process.

The party is a large organization with rules and a platform which reflexes the views of those who have been voting for years and who have worked hard to build the current organization. No institution is perfect and there is always room for beneficial change.  For the most part the vast majority of both groups agree on issues but in some cases disagree on how to best achieve those goals. The idea that the younger generation could come into the party with no training and simply take over and make huge changes instills fear and anger in the older generation. Sudden change is equated with change that has not been well thought out and will result in unintended consequences and harm to others. Change that has not be well thought out can often do more harm than good. The older generation understands this through trial and error. What may look good on the surface can often lead to devastation to those who do not have a strong voice within the current government.

The older generation has failed to provide the newcomers with an institutional history and a clear understanding of how organizational processes work. The younger generation has not attend monthly party meetings and have been unwilling to study long often difficult to understand documents that are necessary to understand how to enact change in a successful manner. Both groups would achieve good results from newcomer classes that cover many of the current party documents and processes that would reduce stress levels for all involved in the current struggles to come to grips with the mass influx of newcomers.  Training that helps to explain the documentation could help newcomers to develop policies and changes that would be accepted by all and reduce the level of anger by all concerned.

I for one was very offended with how some younger people attacked my views and made assumptions about me based solely on my appearance every though that is exactly what they were accusing me of doing. Their lack of knowledge of how the system worked was on full display for all to see. This type of behavior is a result of a huge lack of communication between the two groups.  To add to the problems was the fact that individuals who in the past have been serious trouble makers within the organization were aggravating the situation in order to take advantage of the younger newcomers in order to achieve their own rejected past goals.  
Now is not the time to pick fights and try to destroy each other. Now is not the time to follow individuals that have private agendas that would harm all involved and that are loaded with harmful unintended consequences. Now is the time to work together to better our current government and to protect the things we value about our country.

A party divided is one that has lost even before it starts.