My name is Doug Heckman and I will be writing a weekly blog/journal that addresses political issues. As you know, we live in an area that is dominated by the conservative/Republican point of view. Often, what is called around here as liberal, but I call moderate point of view, is shouted down. I will attempt to elicit a dialogue with thoughtful readers, as I defend my point of view.
Conservatives/local Republicans believe in these tenets: lower taxes, lower regulation, increased personal freedom, and literal interpretation of the Constitution. The effective messaging goes on to say that if we are for this, then the other side believes the exact opposite. I am here to say that very few Democrats want less freedom or want to pay higher taxes. The “litmus test” mentality states that if you don’t agree with the laundry list of conservative principles, you are not a conservative. In the long run, this is why the Republican Party will lose members and lose elections. This is why I left the Party, or as I like to say, “the Party left me.” Since there are only two real choices, I chose the far less judgmental Democratic Party.
Future journal entries will focus on a particular issue and may, or may not, defend the Democratic point of view. I will actively point out hypocrisy on both sides of the aisle.
What I do believe is that we are a diverse community and active discussion is the only way to understand our “neighbors.” People fear what they don’t understand. Shouting rarely produces understanding. I look forward to discussing the issues with you.
In my next piece, I will grade President Obama’s first three years in office.