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November 5, 2018 · OPINION

Democrats make the case for change on Nov. 6

By Larry Jackson
Co-Chairman, Fauquier County Democratic Committee

This is an election about who we are as a country. You could say that two years ago voters did not know what they could expect from a President Trump.

Today, no one can say that. The Republican Party is now the party of Trump. A vote for any Republican is a vote in support of the policies that have been on display for the past two years.

We are witnessing an administration that vilifies the press, that labels various religious and ethnic groups as terrorists or rapists and that has withdrawn from taking action on the climate, one of only a handful of nations in the world who have done so.

Our military veterans have fought for democracy around the world, so that people can vote in democratic elections, yet here in the United States more than 20 states have made it harder for people to vote, and voters are being purged from election roles for a variety of reasons. There is nothing more American than voting, and preventing people from voting is clearly un-American.

The founders of our country wanted to ensure that one person could not have absolute power, so they established a system of checks and balances. In 2018 we will be electing members of Congress, and our representatives must do their jobs and stand up to a president who clearly does not understand or care to understand the constitution. We need a Congress that will prepare a budget that does not give handouts to the wealthiest individuals and corporations while significantly increasing our deficit – a deficit that our children and grandchildren will pay for in the future.

Our Congress must prepare legislation that ensures that all Americans can get an education and have health care. Our current congressional leaders have not taken any actions to help the majority of Americans, they are yes men to this dysfunctional administration. 

 We have the opportunity to elect Leslie Cockburn to Congress and to re-elect Tim Kaine. They both will fight to improve the lives of the people of Fauquier County; they will fight to make the future better for our children by making education more affordable, making health care more affordable, reducing the deficit that our children have to pay for by making the wealthiest among us pay their fair share, and they will fight to protect our environment for future generations.

Our current administration uses fear as a means to divide the citizens of this country.

Are we so afraid of several thousand immigrants approaching our borders that we need to send the strongest military in the world to fend off men, women and children who are walking towards our country?

Are we afraid for the press to investigate and publish information that they have uncovered?

Are we afraid to let every American citizen vote?

Leslie Cockburn and Tim Kaine are not afraid of any of these things. They believe that the United States is better than that. They believe that America is already great, and can be even greater when we look forward instead of backwards. 
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martinkus · November 16, 2018 at 2:06 pm
BullWinkle is currently in the White House, working with Boris Badanov.
Tell It Like It Is · November 14, 2018 at 4:16 pm
My this is another wonderfully spirited discussion.

Stewart was way too far right, Kaine is an idiot and I never heard of the other cat.

BullWinkle should have run for senate!!
Melrose Carter · November 7, 2018 at 7:06 am
Agreed, Jim. I did learn that voting with your conscience costs more then you get back in return, much like betting on a horse because of it's color. The odds are against winning or even placing.

It's mind boggling the amount of money spent on campaigns, at last count $1 BILLION dollars for this latest election. That kind of money could fund many school security programs, healthcare, and infrastructure. Instead it is used to bash the other guy/gal on the head in commercials, printing out flyers that add to the trash, and perpetuate propaganda. What a waste!
Jim Griffin · November 6, 2018 at 6:19 pm
Melrose Carter - I find party affiliation misleading at best, morally bankrupt at worst because neither party can or will cash the checks they write during the campaign. As a result, I try to dig deeper, thinking that voting by party is like picking horses by their colors.
Melrose Carter · November 6, 2018 at 6:09 pm
Jim Griffin - "Vote for the candidate that best represents your interests, whatever party claims their affiliation. Neither party should determine your vote."

Unfortunately, I was one of the 5 million people that voted for a third- party candidate in the 2016 election, following my conscience. I will not make that mistake again, too much at stake.

Until we have an AMERICAN PARTY that represents the people, all the people, not just the rich, then I will vote the current party most likely to protect the Constitution and our freedoms noted within it, and a Supreme Court and other courts throughout the land that aren't based on a political affiliation, but fair and equal treatment under the law, no matter your race, religion, sex, or how much money you are worth.
Jim Griffin · November 5, 2018 at 11:08 pm
Voters have their minds made up by now. In 2018 we don't need political parties to tell us how to vote.

Besides, it's misleading. Republicans wrote Roe v Wade -- it was a 6-3 Republican Supreme Court, and a Democrat voted against it. Republicans back Roe today:

Yet there are those among us who will call this a reason to vote for one party over the other.

Just one of many examples that prove party affiliation is a misleading indicator.

Vote for the candidate that best represents your interests, whatever party claims their affiliation. Neither party should determine your vote.

Everyone should vote. Any doubts about eligibility have a clear solution: That vote should be cast provisionally, double-enveloped and opened only if it makes a difference and eligibility is proven before a judge.

Enjoy the election. This great nation speaks its collective mind at election time and neither red nor blue has a monopoly on the truth or morality. Some winners will be red, others blue.

It is time to end the name calling and proceed with governance. As Africans say, when elephants fight, the grass suffers.
nonewtaxes · November 5, 2018 at 10:09 pm
4% GDP growth
3.7% unemployment rate

The economy is so good even obama wants to take credit. What a joker. Blames his first 2 years on the guy before him and trying to take credit for the first two years of the guy after him. LOL!

Red house
Red senate
Red president
Constitutional SCOTUS

China comes to the table because the election comfirms Trump pressure continues and the chinese economy can stand to wait and hope for 2 more years. The chinese know hope is not a plan.
Guns save lives · November 5, 2018 at 7:25 pm
Red protects our border and creates a great economy.

Blue wants open borders, and to kill babies.

The choice is easy , make America great again!

martinkus · November 5, 2018 at 5:32 pm
Trump lacks civility, lacks compassion, is not credible, is not competent, encourages the far right "nut jobs," and above all, is the poster child for the 25th amendment. Go Blue Wave...wash away the toxic red tide!
fauquierflash · November 5, 2018 at 4:00 pm
Lets see if I read Mr Jackson correctly. The Democrats whom you claim will make Health Care more affordable is not true. During President Obamas 8 yrs my Health Premiums went "UP" every year. This coming year my Health Premiums are going "DOWN" That means "MORE $$$" in my pocket to go along with the "MORE $$$" I now have from my "INCREASED" Pension Check which went "UP" from the most recent "TAX CUTS" Only an idiot would attempt to Vote for a Democrat. I do appreciate your willingness to be apart of this Great Country we live in and express your views.

I hope everyone will get out and Vote tomorrow which ever way you choose. This a great Country but if you go back and look at the Clinton Tapes he also used the Phrase" "We can make America great again" Don't think that President Trump is the 1st to use this Slogan or Phrase when running for President, but CNN & MSNBC will try and make you believe that.

We are a Great Country and will continue to be so no matter how each Party tries to say otherwise. Thanks
Melrose Carter · November 5, 2018 at 1:15 pm
Actually, I'm tired of both parties. It's all about "show me the money" in Washington DC, not how do we serve the people in this country to the best of our ability. That being said, I will vote Democrat tomorrow, only because this run away train has to be slowed down for the next two years or until Trump resigns or dies.
nonewtaxes · November 5, 2018 at 9:17 am
Vilifies the press? He gives back a lot less than they give him. He has every right to defend himself and he should. Why do you think the press is some untouchable gold standard of truth? We don't need nor want the press telling us what to think.

Aint no one trying to stop citizens from voting. The government has an obligation to make and enforce the laws. A big liaw is that you must be a citizen to vote. I need id to drive, to buy beer, to fly on a jet. Why not to vote? Shoudln't voting have the highest requirement for an id? It is more important than all other things combined.

If you believe in the balance of power than you should never ever have a problem with any president because no president is a king. I wonder how many budgets the democratic congress with a democratic president were passed.

Education is a problem because it is a government monopoly. There is little accountability. Fund education with school choice vouchers. The best school will blossom and the worse schools will die off. The education system will be better as a function of natural selection.

Democratic plan for affordable is to have someone else pay for it. Tax and transfer is not the solution, it's the problem. Why would anyone vote to go from prosperity to poverty?

Racism? Black unemployment is at a 50 year low. More money > more choice > more freedom. Black support of Trump is staggering the minds of the democrats. They can't believe that black people would choose work over welfare.

The Trump economy is inclusive and people get that. Democrats dont. That's what happens when you label yourself as elite. You get arrogant and expect people to follow blindly. You haven't learned the lesson of the first revolution. What you call deplorable we call grit.

Maybe we don't understand the benefits of globalism. Maybe we dont understand the benefits of open borders. But we do understand more jobs at higher pay. This is where most of us deplorables live. Paycheck to paycheck with a little bit of rainy day money. These are tanglible benefits we see in our paychecks.
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