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What I’ve Learned While Speaking With Democrats

A couple of mornings ago, I had the pleasure of speaking with a Gentlemen from Jersey about the state of our politics, our economy, and our country. I never asked him what political party he belonged to, but he worked for a municipality, was African-American, deeply concerned about his pension, and furious with his Republican Governor Chris Christie. A few short years ago, I could have put down my life savings that he was a Democrat. Today, however, on the basis of the above, he could also be a Libertarian Republican or a TEA Party member. I’m concerned about my economic security (I know that I have none down the road) and I absolutely hate what Chris Christie has done to New Jersey and to the Republican Brand.

Regardless, let us assume that this gentlemen was a Democrat; and let us assume that he is a life long Democrat. The conversation we shared together was positive, honest, always aimed at the realities of the world and never bogged down by ideologies. It was a conversation between two men that cared about themselves, their future and their family, and the future of the country as a whole.

We spoke about the Republican’s deep ties to K-Street and Wall Street and the Chamber of Commerce. I figured a Democrat could share my disdain, but when I brought up just how well off K-Street, Wall Street, and the Chamber of Commerce have been under Barack Obama, and just how not-so-well-off the rest of us seem to be, I didn’t receive any argument. The gentlemen seemed to accept the truth that the Democrats aren’t really any more for the little guy than the Republicans, when they are in power.

We spoke about the decline in the character of our work force. We spoke about the difficulty of managing a part-time work force, putting up with the incessant call outs and the total lack of investment part-time employees have in the business for which they are laboring. We have both noticed the same thing: shortly after President Obama and the Democrat Congress unilaterally passed the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), businesses everywhere laid off their full timers and started hiring part time help. The Full Time employees must work twice as hard, as their companies and employers now rely heavily upon those who are invested in their 401Ks and their Pensions to keep the business a float. He talked about how much worse his health care is and I talked about my not having any health care anymore. These are non-political facts.

We talked about what he has seen in his place of employment and what happens when a full time worker quits. Well, the business hires three part timers, for the same amount of money which paid the salary of the full timers. The quality of work still goes down. This cannot be good for our governments and municipalities, our corporations or companies. We have established a very frail workforce in this nation. This may benefit those at the top, who’ve figured out how to keep profits up and expenses down, but one day they will run out of experienced and invested full time employees, and will have to make it work with unambitious, entitled, part-timers.

After speaking with this gentlemen, I thought to myself, “the working man is the same, regardless of party. We want to do our job and do it well, and we want to earn a secure living from our labor”.  Now I ask you, which political party is really for the working man and woman? The Democrats aren’t for the working man, they are for the unemployed man and the wealthy business owners that made him unemployed. The Republicans certainly aren’t for the working man, unless that working man is working for a company or industry with millions of dollars to spare in lobbying.

Over the past 48 hours, this one conversation sparked an interest in me to talk with other suspected Democrats about similar issues. Luckily, I have the opportunity to engage in these sorts of spontaneous conversations every day. What I am discovering is that Democrats are Democrats because they’re Democrats, but what they want isn’t all that different from what every other American wants: justice, stability, opportunity, security, and freedom. If the Republican Party wasn’t so corrupt, they could make these arguments and win these voters, just as President Ronald Reagan did in his two landslide victories.

Alas, if the Republican Party continues to run these wealthy corporate elitists, then it won’t just be the Democrats that don’t vote for them, but millions of independents, libertarians, conservatives, and constitutionalists as well.

What did we learn from the primary challenge of Dr. Dave Brat in his defeat of Eric Cantor? Do you know how many people I saw from Randolph Macon that said, “I’m a Democrat, but Dr. Brat isn’t an elitist Republican like Eric Cantor”? Democrats voted for Dave Brat because Dr. Brat ran against Corporatism, against Wall Street and K Street and the Chamber of Commerce. Did the Republican Establishment ever really get behind Dave Brat? OF COURSE NOT! HE RAN AGAINST CORPORATISM, WALL STREET, K-STREET, and the Chamber of Commerce! He ran against the Republican Party, just as Barry Goldwater ran against the Republican Party and as Ronald Reagan ran against the Republican Party.

Democrats can get behind Republicans running against the Republican Party, because, here’s the secret, Democrats who vote for Democrats because they are Democrats, also have mortgages and wives, children and pets, bills and taxes, just like the rest of us. They want to be free, just like the rest of us. They go to work every day, and work hard, not to support the growing welfare state, but to support their families. If we direct our message to them, we’ll win, every time, hands down. But if we can’t even get the Republican Leadership to buy into this kind of a populist message, then why should Democrats who vote for Democrats because they are Democrats do anything different? Why break out of the mold just to vote for John Boehner and Mitch McConnell and John McCain?

That’s right. There is no reason and so there is no jumping of the Democrat ship – and so there is no national Republican victories… at least, none the stand the test of time.

There is a lesson here; a lesson that begs to be acted upon – if we have the integrity to do it. That’s right, integrity is what it takes to stand up against the powerful money interests in Washington DC and stand up for the people, for the working man and woman, for the American Citizen. A Republican Party with integrity beats the Democrat Party every time. A Republican Party without integrity wins nothing. Not for long anyway.


About Steven Brodie Tucker

Graduated with a degree in Philosophy from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Also studied economics and political science at George Mason.

3 Responses to “What I’ve Learned While Speaking With Democrats”

  1. R. Stanton Scott

    The Democratic Party isn’t for the working man? Is this the reason they support the right of workers to organize?

    • They do? Are you saying Libertarians… or, well, worse, Republicans, believe that workers shouldn’t be able to unionize? I don’t know anyone that thinks that way, besides folk who clothe themselves in propaganda. My problem is, once you unionize, do you destroy your employer, or make them better? Workers that destroy those that employ them aren’t interesting political figures, they are empty suits.

    • Cathy Minton says:

      Public Sector unions are a FRAUD in EVERY REGARD!

      Using yours and my taxpayer money to lobby for more or yours and my taxpayer money while working for the government that does NOT produce one single penny or productivity toward our country’s economic growth.

      How much sense does this make?


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Tom White Says:

Nothing is more conservative than a republican wanting to get their majority back. And nothing is more liberal than a republican WITH a majority.

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