Tuesday, March 12, 2024

What it's like to be a Democrat

Dan Rather wrote this about the former Grifter: 

He has changed what was until recently considered unacceptable behavior for our leaders. He has normalized bigotry, misogyny, racism, ageism, ableism, sexism.

He has changed how we socialize in public places. If politics comes up in conversation, we’re more often inclined to speak softly, if at all, and glance around to make sure we aren’t overheard. Not because we are ashamed of our views, but because we are concerned for our safety.

Full copy here

Arizona Secretary of State Adrian Fontes (D) said that U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland and the U.S. Department of Justice are not doing enough to protect election workers from rising harassment and threats of violence, which Fontes argues is "imperiling our democracy." It's on the Rolling Stone here

I work elections and this is deeply personal. 

On my LinkedIn account, I have the same words I have on FB, Instagram, Threads, etc. 

Life on Lake Huron. Democrat. Ally. 

And in LinkedIn, I have Human Resources because I still do some (very selective) HR consulting. 

A well-meaning individual sent me a LI message and suggested I remove the word Democrat from my profile. With that word in my profile, companies may not consider me. 

My response was simple: I have no interest in working with anyone who thinks the current GOP is anything less than a full threat to our country and our democracy. So there would be and will continue to be mutual disinterest. But thank you for your concern.

How do we change the narrative? Why should we be afraid to take a position? 

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