As of Tuesday, June 12, 2018
A Republican family member recently asked me a tough question: “In Idaho, where Republicans almost always win, what’s the point of being a Democrat?” I fumbled through some vague answer about fundamental beliefs, but I found myself – especially after the shady shenanigans of the ethically challenged DNC – wishing for a viable third-party option.
Finding none, I realized there were at least seven good reasons to remain a Democrat in spite of our slim chances in this state. Of the two parties with a realistic chance to win, the Democratic Party is:
- Least likely to privatize public programs like Medicare, Social Security, public schools, and our public lands.
- Most likely to respect personal privacy and avoid attempts to legislate what happens between consenting adults.
- Most likely to maintain a safe separation of church and state.
- Most likely to help the middle class and the working poor.
- Most likely to prioritize people and the environment in which they live over monetary and military matters.
- Most likely to respect women’s rights.
- Least likely to adopt “trickle down” economic policies that favor the wealthy.
If these are closer to your values than a list of Republican reasons, then it makes sense to be a Democrat, at least until a better party with a better chance of winning comes along.