The Cherokee County Democratic Committee announces the officers who were elected to serve in 2017 & 2018. They are (from left to right): Marcell Blake (2nd Vice Chair & Secretary), Bruce Burnaman (Chairman), Lillian Faye Burnaman (Treasurer) and Raymond Wiley (3rd Vice Chair). Not pictured is Robbie Graham-Exley (1st Vice Chair).
We Democrats believe:
We are all equal in the eyes of God, and we should all be equal in the eyes of the law.
The most fundamental value that guides both our private lives and public policy is the Golden Rule, to do unto others as we would have others do unto us; to lead with compassion and empathy,not with hatred and division. Being American means that all of us, regardless of how humble our
origins are or what color our skin is, should have a place at the table because ultimately we are one family and one community.
Whether a person is white, black, male or female, they should earn the same pay for the same job. No one should be discriminated against in the workplace for their age, race, color, gender, sexual orientation, physical or mental handicap, looks, etc. Basically, discrimination is wrong, period.
The middle class is the backbone of this country, so our leaders should pay more attention to the interests of the middle class and those who aspire through hard work to become middle class. For those born into poverty, the government’s role should be to build a bridge to independence, not future dependence - to give them a hand-up, not a handout.
The first and most important job of government is to keep us safe. Supporting our troops means sending them to war only when we have no other option, taking good care of them and their famil-ies for their service and sacrifice, taking good care of them if they come home injured, and taking good care of their families if they lose their lives in service to our country.
Our government should not only be big enough to keep us safe, it should also invest in the things that allow every American to live a happy and healthy life, things like good schools, cops on the street, health care, and an infrastructure that makes America a good place to do business.
Government should partner with business, not hamper it, particularly small business, because business is the key to our prosperity and jobs. Also, politicians should work for the people who elected them, not for large corporations and their lobbyists. They should pass health care laws that benefit our families, not insurance and drug companies, and pass energy bills that cut the price at the pump, not line the pockets of big oil companies.
Government should work for the people who work for a living. It should make sure we have fair trade not "free" trade, to guarantee a fair wage for a hard day's work, keep jobs and factories here in America, and protect our pensions and retirement. Our government should be open, honest and accountable, so that people can know what they are getting and know who to get rid of if they don't get the kind of government they deserve.
The best investment in our country and in our children is a good education. The best way to keep jobs in America is to educate our children well, to make sure our colleges, universities, and tech- nical schools coordinate with business and government to insure that graduates are prepared for jobs in an increasingly global economy.
Every family in America deserves a family doctor. People who work hard for a living and play by the rules should be able to take their kids to a doctor when the kids are sick and no one should go without health insurance because of a pre-existing condition. Any changes we make in health care should give people more choices, not fewer, including the choice to stay with the doctor they have now.
Stewarding and protecting the Earth is our sacred responsibility. We have a moral obligation to leave our children and grandchildren with the Earth as safe, as beautiful and majestic as we re- ceived it from our parents and grandparents. We should be able to fish in our streams and know that the water we drink and the food we eat is safe.
Our values are guided by our faith, but government has no business imposing the teachings of anyone's particular beliefs on other people, or force any person to live by another person's faith. You don't have to be a person of a particular faith to be a good American, you just have to be a person of good character who tries to live a good and decent life.
Perhaps most importantly we should honor our great traditions, the most fundamental of which is to leave a better world for our children than the one we inherited from our parents, with ever more prosperity, freedom, happiness, security, and hope.
That is what it means to be a Democrat; This is what and who we are.