Some of you have heard the story of why I, the son of two Republican parents, became a Democrat. Whether you’ve heard it before or not, this is a very appropriate time to be re-telling it.
When I was a young boy (yes, even I was once young) my father was briefly out of work, laid off after the project that he’d been working on at GE had been cancelled . Within a day or two of his getting laid off a stranger showed up at our front door, carrying a box with a loaf of bread, a box of powdered milk and some canned foods. It turned out that he was the local block captain from the Democratic Party. He’d heard that my father had gotten laid off and knew that there were small children in the family. He got with a few other Democrats in the neighborhood and they put together that package of donated food to help get our family through a tough period. My parents remained registered as Republicans after that, but that simple act altered the path of my own life. That early experience taught me that Democrats help neighbors in need, regardless of their political views.
Today, across our nation and in our neighborhoods, we have literally millions of families who are being affected, either directly or indirectly, by Trump’s refusal to allow any proposal to reopen the government to pass through the Senate unless it has the $5.7 million he wants for the construction of a useless wall. Roughly 800,000 federal employees are directly affected nationwide, but hundreds of thousands of small businesses that rely on those federal employees spending money in their establishments, and the millions of people employed by those small businesses, are being affected indirectly. You may have somebody in your own neighborhood who is hurting financially right now . . . possibly even a family member of your own . . . as a result of this shutdown. This is the time for Democrats to step up and put their money . . . and their canned goods . . . where their mouths are.
If there’s nobody in your neighborhood that is struggling, a precinct or ward level drive for items to be donated to Roadrunner or another local food bank would be a wonderful thing to help out someone in another neighborhood. But if you’ve got a neighbor who’s being affected, regardless of their political affiliation, a box of food given directly could do wonders for them. And you never know. You could set a small child down a very different path a decade from now.
Let’s keep working together!
Chair, Democratic Party of Bernalillo County
505-463-7045 (Text Please)
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