Despite snowballs in the Senate, record-breaking freezes do not balance out record-breaking heat waves to make the weather normal. And despite our own Congressman voting down measures that address climate change, we know that something is wrong.
And it’s not just the weather.
400,000 poor Virginians have been barred from receiving Medicaid coverage and most of those who are receiving help in the form of tax credits may loose that help as a result of a Supreme Court decision. Gerrymandering in Virginia has greatly altered the state legislator so that it no longer reflects the votes of the public. Many hard working Virginians can’t earn enough to pay the rent and efforts to help have been blocked. A foreign leader was invited into our Congress to criticize our foreign policy without so much as a courtesy notification to the President, and our own representative supported this dangerous breech of protocol and decency.
We can blame gerrymandering, voter suppression, and dirty politics, but we also know that low voter participation has played a big role in encouraging our political opponents to brazenly work against the public good. It’s been a rough winter.
But we have some good weather to look forward to and as we shake off the brutal Winter and get ready for Spring and Summer, members of the Suffolk Democratic Committee will be out and about participating in local events, canvassing, fundraising, and getting the word out that no matter what the weather is like, citizens of this great city can make a difference by volunteering, staying informed, and most of all: by voting.
We know that many of our voters are discouraged, but Virginia has elected a Democratic Governor, Lt. Governor, Attorney General, and two U.S. Senators who are fighting for our rights. Our voters can overcome the obstacles that have been thrown in their paths.
Let’s greet the new season with a renewed effort to take control of our future. Become a participant in your political system, and encourage others to do so.
The Suffolk Democratic Committee meets on the second Tuesday of each month to plan get-out-the-vote efforts, voter registration drives, fundraising, and a host of other activities. We can make a difference.
Our meetings are open to the public.