Letter about why I am a democrat…
To the Editor,
Steve Colbert once commented, “The 2% of wealthy people in the United States are a ‘minority,’ therefore Democrats should be nice to them!”
I was born during the Great Depression, when F.D.R was president. Millions of Americans were unemployed. Under Francis Perkins the C.C.C (Civilian Conservation Corps) was enacted, along with a minimum wage, a shorter work week, federal laws regulating child labor and workers’ safety, and crafting the plan for Social Security.
Also at that time electricity was extended to farmers and Prohibition was repealed. F.D.R was followed by Harry Truman, who, after World War II, established a military presence in Europe and rebuilt their economy. He oversaw the Marshall Plan and the Berlin Airlift. He integrated the military and renovated the White House which was badly damaged in the War of 1812. In 1961 John F. Kennedy became president. He established the Peace Corp, confronted the Cuban Missile crisis, inspired a plan to send the first man to the moon, and proposed crafting a Civil Rights bill. He was followed by Lyndon B. Johnson who signed the Civil Rights bill into law. Medicare became law in 1965. Under Bill Clinton the economy took a leap forward. When Barack Obama became president he introduced a stimulus package to rescue a failing economy and confronted the crisis on Wall Street. He signed the “Lilly Ledbetter” Fair Pay Act into law and authorized “SCHIP” to cover uninsured children. He appointed Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court.
In writing this I am not deliberately excluding the “good” done by Republicans or the “bad” things done by Democrats. I’ve attempted to show a record of a party that has demonstrated over the years a commitment to Civil Rights and pursuing a course that offers opportunity for “all” Americans.