Diversity and Commonality

Dear Democrat,

“Celebrate Diversity” has become a commonly used phrase in recent decades. There are t-shirts, bumper stickers, coffee mugs and just about anything else that you can think of that are emblazoned with the phrase. And we really should celebrate the diversity that we find in, and outside of, the Democratic Party! Democrats come in a variety of ages, skin colors, religions, ethnicities, sexual orientations and many other factors where we are obviously dissimilar. Our diversity is a large part of our strength as a party, which is surely a cause for celebration.

But, somewhat lost in the celebration of our diversity is an opposite, but equal, cause for celebration. We also need to celebrate our commonality. The ways in which we are diverse are largely superficial. In the grand scheme of things, none of those differences is really as important as what our core beliefs are. Skin color itself means nothing. Strip away the skin and we are all identical inside, with the same color blood, muscles, organs and bones. Our religions are all very different, but at their cores most teach the same principles, like being kind to each other and doing good in our communities. We can take pride in our ancestries, but does it really matter that my ancestors came from Germany and someone else’s came from Africa or China or anywhere else? Likewise, someone else’s sexual orientation does not affect me. Who my friend or neighbor loves and chooses to spend their life with is their own business. The important thing is that there is love in their hearts.

It’s the collection of things that we have in common . . . our commonality . . . that is really important. We all want pretty much the same things, and they are the things that we apply importance to as a party. These are the things that make us Democrats. We want a fair minimum wage for everyone that allows them to support a family adequately without working multiple jobs. We want clean air and water and a planet that isn’t getting a few degrees warmer each year. We want a quality education for our children and grandchildren. We want a level playing field with an equal opportunity for everyone to succeed in life. There are other, more specific, things that we want as Democrats. Our party’s platform is filled with things that we, as Democrats, can all support. These are the things that we have in common. This our commonality, and it should be celebrated equally, right along with celebrating our diversity.

Let’s keep working together!

Bill Peifer
Chair, Democratic Party of Bernalillo County
505-463-7045 (Text Please)

P.S. – Here is the NEW link to the 2019/2020 DPBC County Central Committee Apportionment.