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Dems Should Get Along Better Than We Would With Your Average Republican

Updated on February 12, 2009

I grew up in a small city in Western Massachusetts, about 100 miles from Boston. When I was a child, you couldn't get elected dog catcher in my home town if you were a Democrat.Over the years, the Democratic party strengthened itself, recruited hard-working people who were willing to go the extra mile to get out the vote on election day, and lo and behold, Democrats not only started winning offices, but they started winning the majority of offices.

Still, the Democratic party is not known for its cohesiveness on any level, and in my home town, camps started emerging. I was part of a group who were regarded as the more conservative Democrats, although certainly not as conservative as the Republicans in town. There was another group of people in town who were Democrats, but they were decidedly more liberal than our group.

I came into the party as an activist years after the civil war in the party had begun, and I never understood why the people who recruited me and trained me had such mean things to say about people within our own party.

In time, I became a leader in the party, first as secretary of the town committee, and later as chairman. In time, I was elected to serve as one of the members of the Democratic state committee, and helped to found the county Democratic committee. You could say I paid my dues.

I no longer live in that town, having gotten married and moved out of state. However, I'll bet that if you asked people in my old home town what I was most well-known for in the Democratic party, they would say that it was unity. I was constantly preaching to my friends on the Democratic Town Committee that we should all get along at least as well with our fellow Democrats as we would with your average Republican.

Are You A Bull Moose Progressive?
Are You A Bull Moose Progressive?

That's the theme of this hub. Democrats need a healthy dose of party discipline in this election. The mere fact that John McCain has managed to pull even with Barack Obama in this election in September will highlight the fact that Democrats can be our own worst enemy. There is no reason in God's green Earth that McCain should be even in the neighborhood of Barack Obama after the horrendous job the Republican Bush has done for the past eight years.

Even though McCain has chosen a pro-life, pro-gun, pro-creationism running mate, the fact remains that John McCain will never have the kind of appeal to the Religious Right that, say, Sarah Palin has. In order for McCain to have a snowball's chance in hell chance of winning this November, he's got to have a healthy number of Democratic votes coming to his side.

That puts an enormous amount of power in the hands of the so-called Reagan Democrats. These are the same folks that Ron Brown spoke of in 1992 when I saw him speak at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. Brown, then the DNC Chair, was at the University because his brother Chip was a medical student there. He gave a speech that very accurately and analytically outlined the steps a Democratic candidate would have to make to lure those Reagan Democrats back into the Democratic Party.

Those are the same folks who will control the outcome of this election. If McCain is able to make himself the greater of two evils to the majority of those people, he'll win. If, however, enough of us stand up and say to those people that we need to focus on the nine issues that unite us instead of the one issue that divides us, Barack Obama will be the next President of the United States.

So come on Democrats! You know someone who fits this description, we all do! Tell them that you love them, you want them to go to heaven when they die, and you want them to stay true to their party and vote for Barack Obama on Nov. 4, 2008.

Sen. Barack Obama
Sen. Barack Obama

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      belfast maine 9 years ago

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      crashcromwell 9 years ago from Florida

      My favorite quote from Will Rogers is this one: I don't belong to any organized party. I'm a Democrat.

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      Constant Walker 9 years ago from Springfield, Oregon

      Crash, I had no idea there were such problems within the Democratic party. This explains much. I am a registered Independent and make it a point not to pay attention to all the cat fights going on between and within the different parties. I still think the whole thing is extremely silly and wasteful.

      Maybe someday there WILL be unity - if these petty individuals can look past their own noses...

      Good hub.

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