It sure is! Local Democrat speaks out: Democratic Party Is Out Of Touch With Voters!

Democratic Party Is Out Of Touch With Voters

Letters To The Editor

May 6, 2017 To The Reader’s Forum:

It’s hard to believe but the Democrats are trying to reduce their membership base. If you don’t believe me, believe Tom Perez, the new party chair. He told pro-lifers they are no longer welcome in his party. “That is not negotiable and should not change city by city or state by state.” His remark has sparked nationwide debate among anti-abortion members of his party.

I say ‘his’ party, because that is not my party, the party of inclusiveness and diversity that I’ve found a home in. The democratic party has never been an exclusive clique.

One would think the Party that lost both the executive and legislative branches of government and is poised to lose the judicial branch, would want to broaden its base, not narrow it. In addition, the number of elected Democrats in Congress and in statehouses across the country are at the lowest level since the 1930s. A recent Washington Post / ABC poll that found 67% of Americans feel the Democratic Party is out of touch with voters.

Putting a litmus test that requires loyalty to abortion rights extremists has proven political suicide. Under Hillary Clinton’s campaign, the Party’s platform supported repeal of the Hyde Amendment, which would require tax payers to fund abortion on demand. Perez’s exclusionary tactic I believe has more to do with exorbitant campaign contributions candidates and the DNC have received, and hope to continue to receive, from abortion rights groups. According to Open Secrets.com, Democrats received 30 million from Planned Parenthood alone leading up to Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign.

These country club democratic leaders who are apologists for abortion are elitist and classist. They are abandoning low income women, the very people they purport to advocate for. As a Free Methodist pastor in rural New York, I am proud of the role my church played in the abolition of slavery. I want to belong to the party of the underdog, the poor, the vulnerable. And there’s no one more helpless than an unborn human being. To me, that seems like a real Democrat.

The Party leadership has abandoned itself. If they want to become a new party called The Abortion Party, they can do that. But we real democrats will not be bullied. We aren’t going anywhere.

Matt Wittenbrook, South Dayton

Very True: Leadership Term Limits Won’t Fix What’s Still Wrong In State Capitol!

Leadership Term Limits Won’t Fix What’s Still Wrong In State Capitol

In Our Opinion

May 5, 2017

We wish we could say a Republican-led effort to impose term limits on leadership positions in the state Legislature would result in sweeping changes.

It simply isn’t so.

Look no further than legislation which was approved last week by the state Senate that would impose eight-year term limits on the Assembly speaker, temporary president of the state Senate and majority and minority leadership positions in the two legislative chambers. Addditionally, no legislator could remain chairperson of a committee for more than eight consecutive years. The thinking is that fresh faces bring new ideas that can make the state Legislature more responsive to state residents. We have seen with corruption and ethics scandals involving Sheldon Silver, former Assembly speaker, and Dean Skelos, former Senate majority leader, that having leadership in place for too long is a recipe both for corruption and for one person’s agenda to stymie good ideas from throughout the Legislature.

The Senate has passed this legislation for four consecutive years only to see it expire in the state Assembly. Republicans are fighting the good fight, and we applaud state Sen. Catharine Young, R-Olean, and Assemblyman Andrew Goodell, R-Jamestown, for continuing to push for leadership term limits. But, if merely changing the people in charge every eight years were a panacea for what ails Albany, then Republicans wouldn’t still be fighting for legislative term limits in the first place.

Ethics and corruption scandals brought an opportunity to change the way the Legislature operates after the resignations of Silver and Skelos. It didn’t happen, particularly in the state Assembly, where the nameplate on the Assembly leader’s door says Carl Heastie, but the chamber operates as if Silver was still in charge. A law forcing Heastie to give up his position won’t suddenly make Andy Goodell the Assembly speaker, as much as we wish it were so, because the law can’t make the Legislature choose better leadership once the posts open up. Recent history shows the Assembly doesn’t want to change.

In the end, the only way to change the type of legislative leadership happens in voting booths several hundred miles away every other November. Perhaps one of these years New York City will elect someone who can lead the entire state, not just the five boroughs.

With Gratitude and Thanksgiving: From two of the finest true blue American Patriots

Alexander’s Column

Gratitude and Thanksgiving

"I do recommend and assign Thursday … next to be devoted by the People of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being, who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be." —George Washington (1789)https://patriotpost.us/

Alexander’s Column

With Gratitude and Thanksgiving

By Mark Alexander

Tues 9/13 VOTE Sherry Bjork for Family Court Justice

What’s Right for Chautauqua County ?

Less politics and more justice –

Bjork for F.C. Judge in tomorrow’s Republican primary !

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9-11 Never Forget / Always Remember

Today marks the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks in the name of Islamic Terrorism on the United States that left nearly 3,000 people dead!

US Remembers Victims 15 Years After 9/11 Attacks

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9/11: The Day That Changed the World

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It is a stark reminder; Blue lives matter! Red lives matter! Green lives matter!, Black, Brown, White, Yellow – All lives matter !!!