Democratic Underground

Democratic Hope
September 5, 2001
by John Fippinger

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I was born and raised a Republican. So Republican, that my mother used to get Christmas cards from Richard Nixon.

During my late teens and early twenties, the ages of enlightenment, I began to realize that I did not agree with my Republican heritage. It seemed that, contrary to Republican philosophy, the Democratic Party was for the people of the United States.

The Democrats gave us Social Security. The Democrats gave us Medicare. The Democrats gave us Medicaid.

The Democrats gave us these, and many more social programs that give the American people hope.

Hope that one could retire without the threat of poverty. Hope that one could receive medical care without the threat of poverty. Hope that those in the throws of poverty could receive medical care.

Unfortunately, hope is costly. Because hope is so costly, most of the American people cannot afford the American dream of life, liberty, and the persuit of happiness.

There is a lot right with our country, but what is wrong with our country? Do we no longer care about our people? Do we only care about corporate greed? Do we only care about putting our neighbor down? Do we only care about various methods of promoting hatred? What's going on here?

Whatever it is, it will continue as long as we have a Republican dominated government.

Republicans have proven themselves, time and again, to be uncaring about you and me. We of the low and middle class, if we are to survive as a people, must rise up above the degradation into which the Republicans are driving us.

The only way we have to resist is to register and vote as a people for the people.