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The State of the Western Mass Democratic Party | Connecting Point | June 22, 2018

The State of the Western Mass Democratic Party | Connecting Point | June 22, 2018


>>WITH A REPUBLICAN IN THE
WHITE HOUSE, MIDTERM ELECTIONS HAVE TAKEN ON A BROADER MEANING
FOR DEMOCRATS. HERE IN MASSACHUSETTS, 1.5
MILLION PEOPLE ARE REGISTERED AS DEMOCRATS. SOME LOCAL DEMOCRATS SAY PARTY
MEMBERS ARE FUTURE FOCUSED AND FIRED UP TO PARTICIPATE. SPOKE WITH ME ABOUT THE STATE OF
THEIR PARTY TODAY.>>IT’S VERY EXCITING TO BE A
DEMOCRAT. I CAN’T THINK OF A TIME IT’S
BEEN SUCH A STAR CONTRAST NATIONALLY. AND I THINK EVEN STATEWIDE. THE VALUES ALWAYS STOOD FOR
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY FOR EVERYBODY CARING ABOUT THE WORKING
FAMILIES IN MASSACHUSETTS. THEY JUST REZ I GO NATE NOW WITH
EVERYBODY. IT’S — RESIGNATE NOW WITH
EVERYBODY. AND SOME OVERREACTION BECAUSE OF
WHAT’S GOING ON. WE HAVE YOUNG PEOPLE, WE HAVE
THE ISSUES WE’RE CONCERNED ABOUT. IT IS A GREAT TIME TO BE A
DEMOCRAT.>>WHEN YOU SAY STARK DIVISION,
DO YOU MEAN NATIONAL AND STATE OR REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS? WHAT ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT?>>I WOULD THINK CERTAINLY
NATIONALLY. THE CURRENT ADMINISTRATION. I THINK WHAT YOU ARE SAYING NOT
JUST SO MUCH IN THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY BUT HOW PEOPLE ARE. THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE ARE. PEOPLE ARE VERY UPSET. A LOT OF THINGS WITH TRADITIONAL
VALUES. PEOPLE ARE STILL BEING
CHALLENGED. I THINK BASICALLY ON THE
NATIONAL LEVEL. AND I THINK THE ISSUES THAT
PEOPLE REALLY CARE ABOUT AND ARE CONCERNED ABOUT I THINK THE
DEMOCRATIC PARTY HAS VISION OF THAT. WHETHER IT IS, AGAIN, EQUAL PAY,
THEY PAY MEDICAL LEAVE. WHETHER IT’S EQUALITY WHETHER
IT’S THE SANCTITY OF IMMIGRANTS. PEOPLE HAVE JOINED GROUPS. PEOPLE ARE EAGER TO DO IT. I’VE SEEN MORE PEOPLE. I HAVE NOT HAD ATTENDANCE LIKE
THIS IN THE MEETINGS SINCE THE LAST YEAR AND-A-HALF. IT’S AMAZING. AND THE DIFFERENT PEOPLE AND NEW
PEOPLE THAT ARE COMING.>>ARE YOU HEARING PEOPLE COMING
TO YOU WITH NEW QUESTIONS ABOUT WHAT DEMOCRATS STAND FOR OR
SAYING THEY WANT TO RENEW COMMITMENT TO THE PARTY? THE 2016 LAW, I DON’T THINK
THERE’S ANY SECRET THAT PEOPLE FELT DISENFRANCHISED AFTER THAT
AND CONFUSED.>>SURE. AND WHAT I SEE HAPPENING IS MORE
PEOPLE CATALYZING THE STEP UP INTO THE LEADERSHIP. THE THING PEOPLE ARE COMING TO
FOR ARE MORE FOCUSED ON THEIR CHOICE TO RUN FOR OFFICE. THERE HAVE BEEN A LOT OF OPEN
POSITIONS THAT HAVE COME IN WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS AN
UNPRECEDENTED AMOUNT REALLY. THE THING PEOPLE ARE COMING TO,
WOMEN IN PARTICULAR IS I WANT TO RUN. TELL ME HOW I CAN BEST RUN. TELL ME HOW I CAN BEST PUT MY
TEAM TOGETHER AND USE MY LEADERSHIP TO STAND FOR THE
DEMOCRATIC VALUES.>>WHAT ARE THOSE DEMOCRATIC
VALUES, IF YOU SAY, IF I ASKED YOU TO PICK THREE. MAYBE ONE EACH TO SPEAK TO THAT
REALLY YOU CONNECT WITH THAT HELPS YOU TO SAY, YES, THIS
FEELS TO ME LIKE IT RUPTS WHAT THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY STANDS FOR.>>BASIC SAFETY AND SAFETY NET. BACK IN THE 1930s WITH FDR, THE
NEW DEAL WAS PASSED AND MANY REPUBLICANS HAD BEEN FIGHTING
AGAINST THAT NEW DEAL SINCE. THE REMOVAL OF PROTECTIONS OF
PEOPLE AND TO WEAKEN UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE AND TO
REDUCE WORKERS’ RIGHTS. AS WELL AS ALL KINDS OF OTHER
PROTECTION. SOCIAL SECURITY. IT’S VITAL THAT DEMOCRATS STAND
FIRM FOR THOSE SOCIAL SAFETY NET PROTECTIONS THAT ALLOW US TO
EXIST AT A BASIC LEVEL SO WE CAN THRIVE AND GO ON TO FORM
COMPANIES. THE BASIC VALUE OF SAFETY IS
SOMETHING THAT DEMOCRATS DO STAND FOR.
>>AND I THINK ALSO THE OPPORTUNITY AND DIGNITY AND
RESPECT FOR EVERYBODY AS A BIG UMBRELLA ALL ENCOMPASSING AND
EVERYBODY IS WELCOME. ONE OF THE BIG ISSUES NOW AND
IT’S GOING TO BE A LEGISLATIVE ISSUE, IT’S GOING TO BE ON THE
BALLOT IS THE FIGHT TO 15. THE $15 MINIMUM WAGE AN HOUR. THAT HAS BEEN A DEMOCRATIC
ISSUE. ACTUALLY RIGHT NOW, THEY ARE AT
70% FAVORITE. JUST ONE SMALL EXAMPLE. THEY HAVE STOOD FOR THAT. A CONCERN OF EVERYBODY AT A
LEVEL IN MASSACHUSETTS AND EVERY CITIZEN.>>ANYTHING YOU WANT TO ADD TO
THAT?>>I WILL ADD THE BASIC CIVIL
RIGHTS. ANOTHER PIECE ON THE BALLOT IS
THE ATTEMPT TO ROLL BACK TRANSGENDER RIGHTS.>>PASSED HERE IN 2016 IN
MASSACHUSETTS.>>EXACTLY. I REALLY BELIEVE PEOPLE IN
MASSACHUSETTS WHO CONSIDER THEMSELVES TO BE DEMOCRATS
REALLY STAND FOR THOSE VALUES AND WANTING TO UPHOLD THROUGH
THE PROS HE.>>SO NOW AS WE LOOK AT
DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS, IN PARTICULAR, SEEMS AS THOUGH THIS
IS A PARTICULARLY DIVISIVE TIME IN THOSE POINTS YOU POINTED OUT,
WE’RE TRYING TO GIVE PEOPLE A HAND UP NOT A HANDOUT. AND THEY WANT PEOPLE TO FIND
THAT SELF-SUFFICIENCY FOR THEM
THEMSELVES. HOW DO YOU FIND A COMMON GROUND
AS TWO DIFFERENT PARTIES TO — HOW DO YOU WORK TO FIND A COMMON
GROUND HERE OR SHOULD?>>FINDING A COMMON GROUND CAN
BE EASY IF BOTH PARTIES APPROACH THE OTHER WITH A SENSE OF
CURIOSITY AND UNDERSTANDING.>>HOW DO YOU THINK IT’S BEING
APPROACHED NOW?>>WELL, NOT IN THAT WAY. I THINK THAT WHEN, FOR EXAMPLE,
PEOPLE KNOW THIS WHEN THEY ARE HAVING FACEBOOK DISCUSSIONS. ONE PERSON WILL MAKE A
STATEMENT. THE OTHER PERSON CALLS THEM
IDIOTS. WHEN YOU HAVE THAT RIGHT OF WAY
REJECTION OF THE OTHER PERSON AS A LEGITIMATE HUMAN BEINGS OF
THOUGHTS OF YOUR OWN, YOU CLOSE OFF ANY ATTEMPT AT COLLABORATION
AND UNDERSTANDING.>>I AGREE WITH THAT. SUCH A LACK OF DIGNITY AND
RESPECT RIGHT NOW. BLAME IT ON THE REPUBLICAN
PARTY. DOESN’T HELP. I THINK THE DEMOCRATS SHOULD BE
ON THE POSITIVE SIDE. ALWAYS HAD THIS KIND OF RESPECT. I KEEP SAYING THIS BIG UMBRELLA. ALWAYS PRIDED OURSELVES THAT
EVERYBODY IS WELCOME IN THE PARTY AND TO SPEAK THE PART. AND AT THIS CONVENTION WE JUST
HAD TWO WEEKS AGO, AS I SAID, A FOURTH OF THE PEOPLE WHO ARE
DELEGATES HAD NEVER COMMITTED TO GO. HAD TO RUN AS A DELEGATE. AND THEN EVEN THE PARTY BALANCE
AND TO MAKE SURE THE BALANCE THEY HAD ADD ON BALANCE. AND MAKE SURE EQUAL NUMBER OF
MEN, WOMEN OF ALL AGES. AND THIS HAS BEEN THE TRADITION
OF DEMOCRATIC PARTY AS WELL. EVERYBODY FEELS WELCOME AND
FEELS RESPECTED NO MATTER WHAT THE DIFFERENCES ARE.>>ONE OF THE THINGS I NOTICED
RECENTLY IS THERE’S A RESURGENCE OF THE SOCIAL PART HERE IN
WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS. WHEN I SPOKE WITH THEM, THEY
SAID THEY FELT LIKE THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY WAS BROKEN AND
THIS WAS A NEW WAY TO GET AT THE CHALLENGES THAT THEY SEE NEED TO
BE FIXED.>>SOME OF THAT MIGHT HAVE BEEN
LEFT OVER BETWEEN BERNIE SANDERS AND HILLARY. I THINK THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY HAS
UNITED GOING FORWARD. I THINK EVERYBODY IS BROKEN —
SPOKE IN THE PARTY. HE WAS CHAIRMAN OF THE SANDERS
CAMPAIGN. HE WAS WELCOMED. I WOULD DISAGREE WITH THAT GOING
FORWARD. WE HAVE CONSERVATIVE DEMOCRATS. KEEP SAYING IT BUT I THINK
EVERYBODY IS WELCOME TO PICK A GROUP. ONE VOICE.>>A BROAD TOPIC. THANKS FOR COMING IN TODAY.

Author Since: Mar 11, 2019

  1. I hope the Democratic Party can simmer down the steaming kettle of ugly dissent…particularly as President Trump’s administration is gaining in popularity, economically and otherwise…and simply show us “this (insert GOP agenda item here) is good, this (insert Dem agenda item here) is better”.

    Ms. Townsend states it best at 6:19 minutes. Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard exemplifies the high-road, intelligent, platform-based narrative that must be adopted by the Democratic Party.

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