( – promoted by DocHoc)
Democrats proudly proclaim their big tent that accommodates just about everybody. All are welcome; single issue groups who advocate de-criminalizing marijuana, pro-choice and pro-life (terms I despise), to advocates for jailing up every thug on the street corner to those who want amnesty for the economic refugees who have flooded our country. You name it….it’s OK with us. Nearly.
On the other hand the Republicans never talk about their side having a big tent. They have a a filtering tunnel that you must pass through to enter their cathedral. No embraces for those who differ from the conservative religious mantra. Not even a little; especially when it comes to abortion, gay rights and flag burning. Yeah, they tolerate those moderates in congress like Susan Collins and Chris Shay, but you’ll sure get a litmus test joining now. Which brings me to this dilemma.
There is a young and affable fellow running against a truly religious right-wing radical (RRWR) legislator in the State House. As a matter of fact, the incumbent is probably more deserving of the “Big House.” The challenger is articulate, well groomed, and has a professional bearing. He’s also a school teacher. Great so far, right?
It seems that this bright young Democratic candidate believes the government has a right to meddle in the private business between a woman and her doctor.
Yep, the A word.
I believe many Democrats and most Americans are not advocates of abortion. I’ve never heard of a mother of a teen-age daughter, saying, ”I can’t wait till she gets pregnant so she can have an abortion.” I’ve never heard of a mother looking at her child and saying, “I wish I’d had an abortion.” In my lifetime, I’ve never been invited to, or even heard of, a party celebrating someone’s abortion, and I’ve been to a whole lot of parties! This young candidate has willfully adopted the RRWR practice of using the word ‘abortion’ as a metaphor for enacting their Puritanical moral code into law. While most Americans would think twice before advising a woman to have an abortion, they support a woman’s right to make that choice, with minimum state or federal regulation.
My young Democratic friend also believes a pharmacist should have the right to refuse to fill a prescription if its use is against his/her religious views. Again, RRWR policy position.
So what am I to do? I’m part of a small band of activists who have vowed to work together to elect fiscally responsible, socially progressive candidates. This young candidate is running in a district that’s winnable; it has the right mix of Democrats and Independents. So what do we do about supporting the Democratic candidate I just described?
I’ve proposed to my colleagues that we portray the incumbent’s numerous flaws in flyers and postcards, targeting persuadable voters, while not mentioning the challenger. That way, it will be entirely up to this Democratic challenger to sell himself while we do an educational job on his opponent.
What do you think?