Last week, I attended a meeting of the Hadley-Lincoln Township Democratic Club.
One of the speakers was Stephen Webber, who was recently elected to head up the Missouri Democratic Party. Stephen served two tours in Iraq as a Marine, and represented the 46th District in the Missouri House of Representatives for 4 terms. He is 34 years old, which means I was out of high school for two years when he was born.
His task is to bring the national Democratic message to Missouri and disseminate that message to the committees and clubs throughout the state.
What is the Democratic message?
I wish for the life of me I knew — because we’re “for” lots of different things, and our lots of things have us running in different directions.
One word I’ve heard associated with Democrats is “progressive,” and, frankly, that word feels mildly uncomfortable to me; it feels too fast, even though the definition is that of a gradual change. As I’ve gotten older, I don’t like change to come as quickly as it used to, but do I want change so the lives of my step-daughter and her sons will be better.
Despite an obstructionist Republican House and Senate, it was progressive thinking of the Democrats to implement the ACA, so that more Americans are covered by health insurance and eligible to receive care than ever before in our history. While it is not a perfect system, the imperfections can be worked on and corrected without gutting the whole thing
It would be a huge step backward to take it away from us without a replacement.
It would be — dare I say it?? — regressive.
Oh, sure we could go back to paying cash-out-of-pocket for services, but who has $80 or $90 sitting around for blood tests to find out what’s wrong? “Yeah, sure, Doc, whatever you need to do, as long as it doesn’t cost $125.00. That’s all I have in my bank account.”
So maybe being progressive isn’t such a bad thing and we could be like Hill Valley’s Mayor Goldie Wilson — “Progress is his middle name.”