Yes, this is the party's base

To the editor:

A recent Chilton resident asked about the many LGBTQ+ flags given out at the Democratic Party booth at the recent Calumet County Fair. 

“Is this what the party’s base is?” asked the commentator. As the chair of the Democratic Party of Calumet County, I would like to answer with an unapologetic yes! It is clear that this message about acceptance and love is sorely lacking in Calumet County. We are the party telling people, kids, parents that we accept them for who they are and will support them in becoming the best version of themselves.

Much of politics is the practice of telling a story about yourselves to the people around you. Sometimes this story is about policy or ethics, but sometimes it is about who we want to be. We want the folks of Calumet County to know that we accept their differences and experiences as a part of the potential future to make our county a better, more inclusive and more welcoming place.

With all of the political vitriol and false political messages floating around these days, we think it is important to remind people what we can do together. That if you want to work hard to make your community a better place, that if you think that politics should be about solving problems and improving people’s lives, that the Democratic Party is the party for you. 

Recently I read an article about the Afghanistan withdrawal and was struck by an interesting line: “But I think what people are really grieving is the end of a dream and vision of America that defined our childhoods: America the Powerful and the Good.” I think this is true. Conservative folks are fearful of a reimagined America that doesn’t include the values that define America for them and perhaps even themselves. Liberal folks are worried that a return to the “Make America Great Again” vision is just the same mistake that got us to a country bitterly divided between the haves and have nots, between the powerful and powerless.

The LGBTQ+ flag is a way to tell what a Democratic vision of a way forward looks like. It is one in which we brandish our differences with pride but without anger. It is one that we grapple honestly with the discussions of the past while working to fulfill the promise of equality so eloquently written in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. If this is a vision that you share, I invite you to come to a meeting or send me a message. Let’s work together at creating a community we can be proud of!


Eli Shaver


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