What it means to be a Democrat
“One of the major issues that has divided Democrats and Republicans … has been the fierce debate over the role of government. Republicans insist that there should be only a minimal role for government in our daily lives and that we should `let the market place alone and it will solve most problems’ … Democrats, on the other hand, have always felt that government must do for its people the things that the market place cannot or will not do.
Democrats need to remember the fine heritage and values which their party stands for, and what men like FDR, Truman, JFK, LBJ, and even President Clinton have created. None of these men were perfect … Nonetheless, FDR’s New Deal created more than 20 programs … unemployment compensation, Social Security, and the FDIC being only three of them. Harry Truman’s Fair Deal desegregated the armed services with the stroke of a pen; JFK’s New Frontier created the Peace Corps as well as maintained a silent alliance with Martin Luther King, Jr., which enabled the entire civil rights movement to survive … LBJ’s Great Society, with more than 30 programs, created Head Start, VISTA, and PBS … Clinton has launched Americorp, signed the Family Leave Act, and has been a strong advocate for education and health care.
During a time when the electorate is concerned about family values, medical coverage, downsizing and the environment – we need to be mindful that none of these problems can be effectively dealt with without a critical role for government to insure that everyone has an `adequate place on the bus’.”
* Excerpts from a speech presented by Thomas Mazurek, J.D. He is a professor of history at Bucks County Community College.
Democrats are people you see in your community, at work, at your place of worship, at the store and at the ballpark. We come from all walks of life, but our shared beliefs and values help shape a strong county, state and nation where every citizen has the opportunity to succeed.
- In equal opportunity for all citizens.
- In rewarding honest, hard work with a living wage and in a tax system that is fair.
- In family values that are more than a political slogan.
- In quality education that gives all citizens the opportunity to reach their potential.
- In freedom from government interference in our private lives and personal decisions.
- That individual strengths in our diverse population are a benefit.
- In security in our homes and safety on our streets. Criminals should face swift and certain punishment.
- In separation of Church and State to preserve the freedom to pursue our beliefs.
- In a strong United States – morally, economically and militarily.
- In common-sense reforms that give us cleaner and safer air and water.