Idealism -- Integrity -- Independence
August 29, 2018
Yesterday in Florida,
the results of their primary election for governor drew national headlines.
Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum
became the first African-American major-party nominee for governor in that state's history.
Mayor Gillum, received over 34% of the Democrats' votes
in a crowded field of opponents that included
former U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham
, daughter of former Governor Bob Graham. Mr. Gillum will now be running as the Democratic Party's candidate against
Republican Ron DeSantis
, endorsed in the Republican primary by President Trump. (DeSantis is very much a Trump acolyte.)
Like a number of other young, intelligent Democrats in campaigns this year,
Gillum is charismatic and articulate. And he has avoided taking on any specific philosophical label. However, his campaign advocates hiking corporate taxes to better fund public education, repealing his state's "stand your ground" self-defense law, raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour, getting rid of ICE, and most notably, implementing "Medicare-for-all" single-payer healthcare. --
He has received an endorsement from Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders.
Many political observers speculate that campaign victories like Gillum's are a sign Democratic voters may be increasingly inclined toward candidates with more liberal positions than their party's past contenders. This could be regional, or nationwide. We'll know a lot more in November.
But such intriguing aspects of yesterday's Florida contest aren't what got me into writing this essay. It was a couple of annoying words in the descriptions of the Florida candidates that were my motivation.
In several articles I read, Mr. Gillum's primary opponent, Gwen Graham, was described as the "moderate" Democrat. To those of us who follow politics, we might ask,
"in these times, what does "moderate" Democrat even mean?" -- Someone who never strays from his/her party's positions? Or someone who avoids proposing actions that might rock the congressional boat? Or someone, all too rare these days, that is open to finding bi-partisan compromises? Personally, I don't know how the "moderate" label applies to Ms. Graham.
Here's what I do know. "moderate" it is a word loaded against any opponent not carrying that label. If you're not a moderate, you must be immoderate, a loose cannon, a radical. I imagine that between now and November, and on into 2020,
more than a few Democrats who dare to suggest greater government involvement in long overdue public programs are going to be accused of radicalism.
Another article is saw yesterday, characterized the upcoming contest between DeSantis and Gillum as a race between the "far right" and the "far left." I know that tiny three-letter adjective "far" does seem harmless enough. But not when it positions a candidate as being a part of an unhealthy political fringe.
I do understand how the Trump-worshiping candidate DeSantis could legitimately be labeled as a candidate on the far-right.
His mentor has rubbed elbows with White Nationalists David Duke, implicitly encouraged the re-emergence of white supremacist organizations (until they get embarrassingly out of control), declared America's free press an "enemy of the people," and approved using the separation of children from their parents without due process as a punishment technique. That all sounds pretty "far-right" to me.
On the other hand,
characterizing candidate Gillum as "far-left" is way off base. As someone who grew up during the Cold War, I know what "far-left" truly describes, Marxist-Leninist Communism - a system that abhors democracy. If Andrew Gillum is far-left then so are a number of other Democratic candidates now appearing on ballots. These candidates also espouse legislation for improving things like healthcare accessibility, a more livable minimum wages, sane gun laws and a more progressive tax system.
The fact is, those issues describe the priorities that many of us Democrats have always favored. Today,
we continue to stand where the majority of Democratic voters stood decades ago, before our party began creeping to the right. Now the pendulum may be swinging back.
Over the years, the right wing's tactic of characterizing Democratic candidates as "far left" has worked well for them. And today, it's also allowing "moderate" Republican voters to excuse the increasingly far-right philosophy of their party. After all, those "far-left" Democrats are even more of a threat to our American way of life.
So, what can we do about all this? First, we should completely ignore the negative labels that the Republican Party and their Fox News apologists will inevitably be attaching to Democratic candidates with people-oriented priorities. Then
we should encourage and support every candidate whose positions recognize the American people as our nation's most valuable resource.
If our party's priorities are aimed at bettering the health, education, opportunities and confidence of every American, then the narrow, selfish vision of the Republican Party will not prevail.
And that is
not a radical goal.
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Every Thursday Night at New Trier Dems' Office
From Now Until Election Day
JB For Governor Thursday Evening Phone Bank
Thursday Nights from 5:00pm to 8:00pm
New Trier Democrats' Office, 800 Oak Street, Suite 112, Winnetka
A phone bank to get out the vote for JB Pritzker for Governor in this important midterm election. This phone bank will also support Kwame Raoul for Illinois Attorney General as well as other down ticket races in Illinois. You must bring a cell phone and please bring a laptop computer if you can. Training and all necessary materials will be provided
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Due to beach house construction at Gillson Park,
we moved this year's Annual Meeting and Picnic indoors
to the Mallinckrodt Center in Wilmette
New Trier Democrats'
Annual Meeting and Picnic
at Mallinckrodt Center
Saturday, September 8th
Annual Members' Meeting 1:00pm-2:00pm
Picnic for Everybody 2:00pm-4:00pm
Mallinckrodt Center, 1041 Ridge Road, Wilmette
At our Annual Members' Meeting, you'll hear what we've been up to this past year, as well as our plans for the 2018 election season and beyond. We'll also vote to elect New Trier Democrats' Officers for 2 year terms. Please note that the Annual Meeting is restricted to Members only - If you're not currently a member,
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Our Picnic will begin immediately after our Annual Meeting and everyone - family, friends, neighbors - are welcome to attend. Our Picnic is always a great opportunity to meet fellow Democrats and hear from some of our local elected officials and candidates. We look forward to seeing you there!
Other events of interest:
This Saturday, September 1 in
Lincolnshire - Victory 2018 Candidate Training
When: Saturday, September 1, 2018 from 10:00am to 4:00pm
Where: United Auto Workers Headquarters, 680 Barclay Blvd., Lincolnshire
What: The Democratic Party of Illinois is sponsoring a candidate training event for candidates and their staff members or super-volunteers. Training will cover core candidate messaging, media training, state issues briefing, fundraising, voter contact, identifying and expanding your coalition, and friends and family Votebuilder training. Attendees are encouraged to bring their campaign plan (if you have one) and a wifi enabled laptop. To for more information or to RSVP, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 217-546-7404.
Sunday, September 9 in Highland Park - Canvass with Bob Morgan for State Rep. Campaign
When: Sunday, September 9, 2018 from 10:00am to 1:00pm
Where: Bob Morgan Campaign Office, 1910 1st St., Suite 400, Highland Park
What: Join the Bob Morgan for State Rep. campaign
for a weekend canvass talking to voters in the 58th District! To RSVP,
Sunday, September 16 in Deerfield - Meet and Greet with Bob Morgan
When: Sunday, September 16, 2018 from 11:00am to 1:00pm
Where: Deerfield address provided upon RSVP
What: Join Bob Morgan, candidate for State Representative, District 58, for a meet and greet in Deerfield
. For additional information or to RSVP,
Friday, September 21 in
Chicago - Citizen Action / Illinois Annual Awards Dinner
When: Friday, September 21, 2018. Reception: 5:30pm; Dinner and Awards program: 6:30pm
Where: Chicago Hilton & Towers Hotel, 720 South Michigan Ave., Chicago
What: Citizen Action/Illinois holds its annual Egan-Evans Awards Dinner
honoring Cook County Board President
. A special recognition award will be presented to Attorney General
. For additional information or to RSVP,
Sunday, September 23 in Libertyville - The Stevenson Center Presents "How To Save Constitutional Democracy"
When: Sunday, September 23, 2018 at 2:00pm
Where: The Adlai Stevenson Center on Democracy, 25200 N. St. Mary's Rd., Mettawa (Libertyville)
What: Tom Ginsburg, the Leo Spitz Professor of International Law at the University of Chicago, currently co-directs the Comparative Constitutions Project.
Coffee and conversation will follow the presentation. For additional information or to RSVP, visit the
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Sunday, September 30 in Highland Park - Women For Brad Fundraiser
When: Sunday, September 30, 2018 from 3:30pm to 5:00pm
Where: Highland Park Country Club, 1201 Park Avenue West, Highland Park
What: Please join Women For Brad for an afternoon tea in support of Congressman Brad Schneider (IL-10) with special guest Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17).
You may register online for this event.
If you have any questions please contact: Emanuela Frankel - firstname.lastname@example.org (312) 213-3588; or Allison Schieber - email@example.com (616) 516-0734.
Thursday, October 4 in Evanston - Reception Supporting Rep. Laura Fine for State Senate with Sen. Daniel Biss
When: Thursday, October 4, 2018 from, 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Where: The home of Carol Lind, 2333 Lincoln St., Evanston
What: A reception supporting State Representative Laura Fine's candidacy for State Senate with special guest, State Senator Daniel Biss.
For additional information or to RSVP, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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New Trier Democrats' Events
Saturday, September 8, 2018
New Trier Democrats' Annual Meeting and Picnic at Mallinckrodt Center
Sunday, October 14, 2018
New Trier Democrats' Annual Dinner at Maggiano's in Skokie
Thursday, December 13, 2018
New Trier Democrats' Holiday Party at Wilmette Wine Cellar
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The fact is, they need to hear from you and want to hear from you in order to represent you most effectively. So, the first thing you can do is get to know who these people are. The links below to their campaign websites are a good place to start.
, 9th U.S. Congressional District Representative
and Chief Deputy House Democratic Whip. The new Ninth District boundaries include all of New Trier except for Glencoe.
, 10th U.S. Congressional District Representative which includes a number of precincts in Glencoe.
Julie Morrison, State Senator for Illinois' 29th State Senate District
State Senator for Illinois' 9th State Senate Distric
t.The Ninth District includes all of New Trier Township.
. The district includes New Trier's northernmost precincts.
IL 18th District State Representative
. The 18th District includes much of New Trier up to Hazel Avenue and Dundee Road.
, IL 17th District State Representative.
The 17th District includes the East Glenview and West Wilmette areas of New Trier Township.
IL 58th District State Representative.
The 58th District includes the northernmost precincts in Glencoe.
Larry Suffredin, Cook County 13th District Commissioner. The 13th District includes all of New Trier, Evanston and Niles Townships.
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