Eleanor Roosevelt: Democratic governments

“In the final analysis, a democratic government represents the sum total of the courage and the integrity of its individuals. It cannot be better than they are.”

Eleanor Roosevelt
Circa 1963

I have nothing left

I am exhausted.

For two years, we’ve faced a constant assault on our nation’s values, our democratic institutions, and our fellow citizens, especially the most vulnerable among us. Along with the rest of the country, I have watched as:

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Eleanor Roosevelt: on Democracy

“A democracy can never succeed unless each individual takes responsibility for his nation, its policies and the representatives he elects.”

Eleanor Roosevelt
May 26, 1943

If That Anonymous Op-Ed Made You Feel Better, You’ve Been Played

If the anonymous Op-Ed published on Wednesday in the New York Times made you feel better, I suggest that you read it more carefully, and then renew your commitment to helping elect Democrats in November. Don’t be lulled into a false sense of security. There may be adults in the room, but Continue reading “If That Anonymous Op-Ed Made You Feel Better, You’ve Been Played”

Literally NOT a Test

Once again, I was pondering the question of why people don’t vote. And suddenly it occurred to me that people equate voting with that other thing that we all hate: tests. I bet they look at that ballot with the little bubbles next to the candidates’ names and it makes them think of Continue reading “Literally NOT a Test”

The Right to Health Care: Our Next Battlefield

I bristle a little every time I hear Bernie Sanders say “Health care is a right.”

What he means is “health care should be a right.” Every human being should have access to health care. A moral and decent society does not let its citizens live in pain or ill health, suffer permanent injury or die simply because of their financial circumstances. Health care is a right in nearly every other developed nation in the world.

But it’s not a right in America.

The fact is, in the United States of America in 2018, if you’re Continue reading “The Right to Health Care: Our Next Battlefield”

Don’t Argue. Vote

About a third of Americans still support Donald Trump. Nothing you can say or do is going to change their minds.

Despite the fact that he has done nothing to fulfill any of the promises that he made during the election (saving the coal industry, giving you a wonderful cheaper health care system, bringing back manufacturing jobs, draining the swamp…) the majority of Trump supporters feel no buyer’s remorse whatsoever. And it is understandable that you want Continue reading “Don’t Argue. Vote”