Kimberly Ellis, Sonora
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Kimberly Ellis will be in Sonora for a Meet-&-Greet at the Sonora Fire House. She’s a candidate for the Chair of the California Democratic Party. We (Calaveras Democrats) were lucky enough to have her attend one of our meetings a couple of years and I’ll testify that she’s amazing – rb. The Calaveras Democrats were very impressed with her then — and we’re still excited about her now.
And here’s text from a recent posting of hers on FB:
Psssttt… we’re gonna be better than alright
If the 2020 presidential primary has taught us anything, it’s what an embarrassment of riches we have in our Democratic candidates.
Quite frankly, our Party has been waiting for this moment for a long time… an opportunity to show America that we are truly the Party of diversity – in ideas, in approaches and personal backgrounds.
But with everything that’s on the line in 2020, many Democrats are nervously wringing their hands, worried that a “brutal” primary will weaken the eventual nominee.
And to them, let me say this: we understand; the stakes are unbelievably high and the prospects of another term under Trump are horrific.
But we must – as a Party and as a country – stop operating from a place of fear. It’s time we discontinue using terms like circular firing squads (a passé and now inappropriate metaphor in this era of mass shootings) and start to trust the American voter again.
To be honest, as Democrats, we’re pretty bad at the doom and gloom campaigning; we’re much better at tapping into voters’ dreams than leveraging their nightmares.
And yet, we need to bring that same thinking back home to our own presidential primary. We need to stop worrying — and start believing.
Why? Because competition makes us better, it makes us stronger. It shows that we can take a hit and keep going; that we are not insecure and thin skinned like our current President.
If someone wants (arguably) the toughest job in the world, then they must be prepared to go through the world’s toughest interview process.
Whether we like it or not, what’s fair game and what’s not will never be decided by Party leaders or TV pundits, because the American people will never relinquish that right.
And though we might be “fighting” over whether ideas are too this or too that, it’s an incredible gift that we’re having the conversation in front of the country.
Democrats are offering up ideas. Democrats are engaging in discourse. Democrats are campaigning to make this country better – while the Republicans are stuck defending an incompetent and amoral leader.
In the end, it’s the voters who are going to decide which candidates’ ideas are inadequate or too excessive, inspirational or impractical. There are many things that are disqualifiers for some voters that are certainly not for others.
We’ve had a lot of reasons to live in fear, but Democrats – our time has come so let’s start acting like it.
Trying to tell our Party where to run (whether to the right, left or middle) fundamentally misses the opportunity to have a very needed debate, one that in the end will make us stronger.
So, psssst…. stop worrying; we’re gonna be better than alright.
We got this.
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