I live in a northeast Dallas suburb. The development where we live is racially and ethnically mixed, struggling to stay in the middle class or what is left of the middle class.
Tina and I are progressive Democrats.
We have a vested interest in LGBT/T equality and human rights.
We are also strong supporters of anti-discrimination laws that protect all.
We support Women’s Rights, including access to abortion and contraception as well as anti-discrimination measures.
We are environmentalists opposed to tar sands oil extraction, mountain topping and whale murdering.
I voted for Obama in 2008 after voting for Hillary in the primary.
I am disappointed that he hasn’t been able to do more.
Health Care Reform was a baby step in the right direction.
I wish he would end most measures put in place by Bush that are supposed to make us more secure.
I wish we were already out of Afghanistan.
But I’m supporting him and voting for him again this fall.
Yesterday we went to vote in the Texas primary.
In the 1960s I was about five years too young to have taken part in the Civil Rights Movement. My big movement was the anti-war in Vietnam Movement.
Yesterday we had a Primary Election Run-off here in Texas.
The Republi-Nazis were trying to figure out which candidate was the craziest and hated people of color plus Teh Gayz, the most.
We went to vote and it was like a journey back in time. The right wing crazy Republi-Nazis officiating their primary were all lily white and folks officiating the Democratic primary were all African American.
I’ve rarely felt more pride in voting than yesterday when I walked up to those wonderful folks who volunteered to officiate the election and voted Democratic.
While we were voting another old white woman came in and also voted Democratic.
When one looks at all the things that can make one an oppressed minority one finds there are far more people who are part of one or several minority categories than there are privileged white people.
The most foolish thing a member of a minority group can do is vote Republican.
Not voting is the same thing as voting Republican, this is why the Republicans are trying to suppress the vote with voter ID laws, and the purging of voter rolls.
Obama and the Democrats are far from perfect, one might argue they barely measure up to good enough, but there is much to be said regarding voting for the lesser of two evils. Each time you do that you move closer to where you want your government and the people who represent you to be.
Every anti-discrimination law or ruling moves everyone closer to equality and respect for all.
Like a wind blown grain of sand or water continual small steps move us closer to the goal of freedom, equality and human rights for all.
Yeah… I’m proud to be a Democrat, I wish they were further left but that is up to you and me moving them further left.
I am also proud to say I vote with people of color, LGBT/T people and other progressives.