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July 8, 2012

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Reader explains choice of party

I was talking with a friend the other day and telling him about my meeting with John Gregg. In the middle of the conversation, he asked me: Why are you a Democrat?

I would like to share that answer with you.

After college, I got a position at Logansport State Hospital (where I have worked for almost 27 years). I believed my job was to serve and protect those individuals suffering from mental illness and the community.

The past 8 years have been the worst that I have worked through in my career. Privitatization, bean counters and mismanagament to state resources have alomst decayed the system I believe in.

The difference between Democrats and Republicans is as simple as it is complex to me.

Republicans are “I” people. I can not afford to pay for the mentally ill, the old, the veterans (who have served our country), the benefits for those who work for me, the money to improve our educational system and furthermore it is not and should not be my responsibility to worry about such things.

Democrats are “we” people. They understand that the constitution starts out by saying, “We the people of the United States of America.”

They believe that in order to be the best and most productive society in the world we must take care of those who cannot take care of themselves and grow a strong working class base for those who do the menial tasks in our society.

In the patient library at Logansport State Hospital hangs a quote from Thurgood Marshall, “People are people. Strike them and they will cry out; cut them and they will bleed; starve them and they will wither away and die, but treat them with respect and decency and give them equal access to the levers of power and attend to their asperations and grievances, and they will flourish and grow.” These words to me are what the Democratic Party is about.

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