We’re now past the primary,but in runoffs in many important races, including the TX21 congressional race. Candidates Joseph Kopser and Mary Wilson meet in a runoff on May 22.

Get Out The Vote (GOTV)

The Hill Country group has put together the attached document, entitled “Canvassing in Red Texas.” It is about their experiences with getting out the vote in the rural counties of TX21, but the basics are applicable to everyone, no matter where you live. We need everyone to participate in the democratic process to win in 2018. Please volunteer with a campaign or with your county Democratic party.

Canvassing in Red Texas

Democratic Values

Whether you identify as a Democrat, or are a reluctant Democrat, the choice in 2018 is clear. If you’re on this email list, you are in it to resist Trump and the Republican administration. The following brief editorial shares some the tenets of the Democratic Party platform.

“The Values of American Democracy,” by TC

“[We] believe democratic government exists to achieve as a community, state, and nation what we cannot achieve as individuals.

“We believe in equal opportunity, fairness, freedom, family, community, and a responsibility to ourselves and each other. These are the values our elders passed down to us, the values we hope to share with our children, and the values we expect from our elected officials.”

This is the opening of the Texas Democratic Party value statement. But does the source of these words matter? These values align with our Declaration of Independence and our Constitution and are, therefore, truly American values.

Each paragraph from this statement outlines a unique aspect of our democracy. The first expresses that government is necessary and beneficial for our common good. The exact role of government has been debated from the beginning. Most Americans agree that national defense, taxation, and foreign affairs are necessary governmental duties, but we sometimes differ over other roles government might take.

American innovations such as public school education, the interstate highway system, Social Security, and Medicare have helped to make us a great nation. Through these programs, government has made it possible for America to “promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty” as is stated in the preamble to the Constitution. Consider this: would the general welfare be served if public school education was not guaranteed to every child?

The ideas of the second paragraph should require no explanation or defense. We all recognize the statement from the Declaration of Independence: “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.” Most of us have been taught by our parents and teachers to care for and help each other, particularly those who need it most. All Americans have the right and the duty to teach these American values to our children, regardless of political affiliation.

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