Democratic Courage

George Polisner, November 7, 2016

Since 2003 I’ve been imploring progressive Democrats to produce a brief media piece that reclaims the values we share. We have allowed the right wing to frame us as “weak”.

The reality is -we are not frightened of democracy -we encourage voting (as we’ve done in Oregon and California).

  • We are not afraid of refugee’s seeking shelter from horrific violence against themselves and their children.
  • We are not afraid to pass laws -not to take people’s guns away -but to do all we can to keep them from terrorists and criminals.
  • We are not afraid to trust women with decisions about their own bodies.
  • We are not afraid to demand that corporations and the wealthiest Americans pay their fair share of taxes.
  • We are not afraid of taking bold action to mitigate the effects of climate change.
  • We are not afraid to protect retirement security for our seniors.
  • We are not afraid to properly invest in education and build a lifelong thirst for knowledge and truth in future generations.
  • We are not afraid of people that love or believe differently than we do.
  • We are not frightened of facts or science.
  • We do not hide behind walls, gated communities or fences.
  • Don’t mistake our kindness and compassion for weakness or fear.
We are indeed, stronger together.
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