Democrat in a Red State

I am a Democrat because I believe Democratic principles and ideals align best with my faith and patriotism. The alt-right has tried to hijack God and country, implying that Democrats are unpatriotic agnostics. That could not be farther from the truth.

People are drawn to Democratic principles for many reasons. The common denominator I see most is caring and compassion for others, even those outside their immediate circle and a deep concern for individual rights. Many faith perspectives and denominations integrate compassion into their theological doctrine. Other Democrats embrace these principles for personal reasons or because of their moral compass. 

As an American I cherish the founding principles our forefathers outlined in The Declaration of Independence and The Bill of Rights. I believe in protecting the rights of our citizens, and I believe those rights are being challenged.

"We hold these truths to be self evident that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness."

—The Declaration of Independence

Jesus ate with tax collectors and prostitutes. He helped the most disenfranchised of his society, and I follow His teaching in the Gospel. I try to be the presence of Christ in the world today. Every day.

In Matthew…He taught believers "So in everything do to others what you would have them do to you for this sums up the law and the prophets."

"The King will reply, ' Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.'" (Matthew 25:40)

Democrats believe that sometimes people need help. Life throws some people hardballs. It does not mean they are unworthy. For Christians, The Gospel tells us when we lift others up, we do it in Jesus's name.

Republicans accuse Democrats of being taxers and spenders and of doling out money to the undeserving. They claim to be fiscal moderates or fiscal conservatives. I think that is a simplistic way of viewing government. The real questions for SC should be: "Are we investing our money in the right places? Are there other potential revenue streams? Are we looking forward not backward so our educational system can ensure students get the education they need to find work, contribute to society and our economy? Are we helping people stay healthy? Are we doing what we can to help new businesses and entrepreneurs get the capital they need to get up and running, stay afloat and employ workers? Why are we cutting critical services to Veterans, the blind, the disabled?"

The difference between political parties is in our priorities and what we need to do to move the state forward to ensure a great future. We will not accomplish that by looking backwards or doing the same old same old.