Summit Daily letters: What are the roots of most Democrats?
What are the roots of most Democrats?
First of all, a fact we seemed to have forgotten. If you aren’t a Native American, you are from immigrant stock same as me even if they were on the Mayflower.
My fraternal grandparents were in this country a long time. A distant relative served in the army during an Indian uprising in Virginia in March 1776. A small community in Eastern Kentucky bears my family’s name.
My maternal grandparents arrived from Hungary in 1918 settling in Detroit. My grandmother raised seven children while my grandfather worked as a shipwright building the iron ore boats that plied the Great Lakes.
My six uncles all served honorably in WWII with three of them winning the Purple Heart. One won it twice. My wife’s father, a lifelong Democrat, won the Distinguished Flying Cross in the Pacific and lived to tell about it.
My uncles returned from the war and started families all in the Detroit area. Three were small business owners, one a lieutenant on the police force and the other two worked in the mills and auto industry. All, including my mother, were Democrats.
To this day I am only the third college graduate in our large extended family. I served in the active military overseas during the Vietnam era. Of the last four presidents, none had that opportunity.
When I listen to excerpts of Mr. Trump’s speech and other conservative speakers at CPAC or read quotes from him such as this, “Let me say … let’s get to another subject: Fake News Democrats want to replace freedom with socialism,” Trump claimed at a rally with Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. It makes my blood boil!
I consider myself a “mainstream” Democrat. I believe in freedom of speech, religion, the press, freedom to rise to the level of your talents, public education and capitalism which allowed me to rise above the immigrant beginnings of my family. I also believe in my most successful uncle’s most notable quote. “If you need a helping hand, there’s one at the end of your arm.”
Democrats are patriots, practical, willing to lend a hand up not a hand out, financially conservative, self made by and large, advocates of border security that doesn’t include a wall (it didn’t work for the Chinese or the East Germans) and believers in a good education as the way to a more prosperous life.
Mr. Trump launches his re-election bid by labeling Democrats as socialists. How dare you! You never put your overly large rear end on the line in defense of this country. When you do, come talk to me as an equal. And if you think my story is unique among most Democrats, I would call that “fake news.”
Plant-based diet more than just Christian devotion
March 6 marks the beginning of Lent, the period before Easter, when devout Christians abstain from animal foods in remembrance of Jesus’ 40 days of fasting in the wilderness.
The call to abstain from eating animals is as traditional as Genesis 1:29, yet as current as the teaching of evangelical leader Franklin Graham. Methodist founder John Wesley, Salvation Army pioneers William and Catherine Booth, and Seventh-day Adventist Church founder Ellen White all followed the divine call. Pope Francis has been offered a $1 million donation to a charity of his choice to go vegan for Lent.
A plant-based diet is not just about Christian devotion. Dozens of medical studies have linked consumption of animal products with elevated risk of heart failure, stroke, cancer and other killer diseases. A United Nations report named meat production as the largest source of greenhouse gases and water pollution. Undercover investigations have documented routine mutilation, deprivation and beating of animals on factory farms.
Today’s supermarkets offer a rich array of plant-based meats, milks, cheeses and ice creams, as well as traditional vegetables, fruits and grains. Entering “vegan” in our favorite search engine provides lots of suitable products, recipes and transition tips.
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