Overheard on the Web, and other Web links From The Herald's Research Editor
Wednesday, November 10, 2004
Letter from a Democrat
This arrived by email and the writer asked not to be identified. But she makes some interesting points and, although I don't know who else she sent it to or whether it will show up anywhere else, it seems worth reproducing, at least part:
...If my party took the time to listen to me, here's what they would hear:
I'm not for gun control. I think people should be responsible for their own actions if they own a gun. They should obey the law. If kids get guns and misbehave, they can die, injure or kill. Their parents know better. They know better.
I don't want Affirmative Action any longer. I was very much for it in the past and it did its job. Two generations of people were given opportunities they deserved. That was good. It's time to end Affirmative Action. I worked for everything I have. It took education, determination and hard work. The government didn't affirm me. I did.
I'm not for federally funded abortions. If someone wants to have an abortion, they should pay for it.
I'm not for gay marriage. If a couple doesn't get the financial or legal benefits of a marriage, they can deal with it. Many people are not married--like me--and don't feel legally persecuted.
So, what am I for?
1) I'm for a fair tax structure that is based on responsible spending, building national infrastructure, and taking care of those who contribute to America, especially our elderly who have spent a lifetime working for this Nation.
2) I'm for access to affordable, comprehensive and open-choice healthcare.
3) I'm for quality education that demands high performance from teachers and students.
It's that simple. I wish the Democratic Party cared about what I think.
I know what I'm not. I'm not a Republican. I believe strongly in separation of church and state because governments cannot be based on belief systems. That is what the Taliban did. I don't trust Social Security to the private sector. I AM in the private sector - the goal is their own profit, not the well-being of the retired. And I think the disenfranchisement of Washington DC residents like myself who have no vote in Congress or the Senate is just as important as democracy in Iraq...or more. Republicans don't think so. That hurts. So, I cannot join the Republican Party.
But I don't seem to be the kind of Democrat that the Democratic Party wants to be bothered with anymore.
Elisabeth (Liz) Donovan was a Herald librarian for 10 years, and Research Editor for 13 years. She came to The Herald in 1981, following several years at the
Washington Post. She started blogging in 2000, with a news research blog, followed by the blog at Herald.com in 2003. A frequent speaker and writer on news research, she was honored in 2004 by the
News Division of the Special Libraries Association for her contributions to