I’ve been asked several times lately what it means to be a Democrat. According to those on the other side of the aisle, it means we want to take all your guns away. It means we are “pro” abortion and are baby killers. It means we want open, uncontrolled borders. It means we want to give all of your money to others who are too lazy to work. It means we hate Christians and Christianity, as well as our country. And that we want to force Socialism and Communism over the entire country.
Of course, these are all lies to the point of absurdity. All you have to do is ask a Democrat what is means to be a Democrat and you will find out the truth. We want sensible gun law reform. We want to protect a woman’s reproductive health, rights and choices. We want sensible and fair reformed immigration policy that allows those seeking asylum to achieve a fair path to citizenship. We want to support those who need our help while we get them back on their feet. We support and embrace all faiths, while not allowing the government to endorse any single one. And we think we should work together and as a community to utilize our taxation resources in a way that helps all of us and not just the top 1%.
That’s why I am a Democrat. And why my children are Democrats. And why there are lot of other people in our community that are Democrats. And there are even more who are Democrats but that are “afraid” to be vocal Democrats. To be seen as a Democrat in our community is often bad thing - a mark of dishonor. Like Hester Prynne wearing the scarlet “A”, Democrats are seen as wearing the blue “D” and are ostracized. For those, and all other Democrats in Barren County, we want to encourage you to participate and speak up and join us in correcting the lies that are put forth by others as we work to replace them. There is strength in numbers. So how can you do that?
First, you can join us at our monthly Barren County Democratic Party meetings. The fourth Thursday of every month, the Barren County Democratic Party meets at the First Baptist Church on Lewis Street here in Glasgow. We meet from 6 p.m. to approximately 7:30 p.m. At meetings we discuss candidates, issues, plans, reorganization, events, and more. We often have a guest speaker. One major topic we will be discussing soon is the quadrennial (every four year) reorganization of the Democratic Party where we reform from the ground up — from the precinct level up to the National Party level. This is an exciting time for any Democrat to get involved and make a difference. This will be the topic of one or more future articles, as the process is somewhat complex and yet very exciting.
Second, you can stay in the loop. As the Democratic Party, we want to get you the information you need. There are many ways you can do that. You can like and follow our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/BarrenCountyDemocrats. Or you can visit our website at www.barrencounty.democrat. Or you can sign up for our text messaging service by texting the message “BCDP” to the number “555888”. Our sign up for out email blasts. The easiest way to join the email blasts is to click the button on our website and complete the short form. In all these ways we will keep you updated on the issues, the candidates, and the events that matter to you as a Democrat.
Third, be active. Join us in our activities. Beyond our monthly meetings, we hold several fundraising events each year. Some formal. Some informal. Some to raise money for candidates. Some to raise money for the County Party. We do phone and door-to-door canvassing for candidates. We also do community service projects, such as participating in the City of Glasgow Adopt-A-Street program where we pick up trash along Trojan Trail and Scottie Drive each quarter. In that program alone we have picked up over 500 pounds of trash.
Fourth, become active in our “sister” organization, the Democratic Women’s Club of Barren County. While predominantly an organization for Democratic women, men are encouraged to participate and attend as associate members. The Democratic Women’s Club meets the second Thursday of each month at FAB Studios and Catering on Water Street. The meetings start at 5:30 p.m. You can learn more about this great organization by checking out their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/BarrenCountyDWC.
And fifth, you can help out by making a donation. Like any organization, it takes money to operate, and it doesn’t take a lot to help. You can sign up to make a donation at https://secure.actblue.com/donate/barrenmonthly. And if you aren’t able to make a financial commitment, then look into making a commitment of your time. In addition to the other opportunities already listed, we also drive voters to the polls on Election Day for free. Just sign up to Volunteer on our website by clicking the “Sign Up to Volunteer” button.
So if you truly care about the middle class, the American worker, the poor, and the rights and welfare of all Americans, please join us. It’s time to turn this country around and make it serve ALL of the people again. It’s not about making “America Great Again” - it’s about celebrating the greatness that we already have, and always have had, as the greatest nation on this planet.
The Daily Times asked Barren County’s Republican and Democratic parties to submit columns for regular publication. Both parties will be given equal opportunities and space to express their messages in a respectful manner.