Why I’m a Demo­crat

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - VOICES -

I’m writ­ing in re­sponse to a let­ter by Ash­ton Miller—you know, the man who stated that he does not pro­vide health in­sur­ance for his em­ploy­ees, that his grand­fa­ther buys a new Mercedes ev­ery other year, and who calls the peo­ple who sup­port uni­ver­sal health care “cry­ba­bies.” The ar­ro­gance and Richard Cory-es­que at­ti­tude ex­em­pli­fied by this per­son help ex­plain why there so many an­gry lib­er­als to­day.

Many of us did not plan to be poor. I’m 70 years old and will never drive a Mercedes, but I would al­most kill for any type of car when I wait for the bus in in­clement weather. I am in­tel­li­gent and very well-ed­u­cated, but due to a com­bi­na­tion of fac­tors (some my fault) I’ve ended up liv­ing on only So­cial Se­cu­rity. I’m lucky enough to have Medi­care, but I’m sure the Repub­li­cans would love to get rid of that. It seems our sen­a­tors from Ar­kan­sas blindly fol­low the in­ept 45 wher­ever he leads and do not rep­re­sent our in­ter­ests.

I raised three chil­dren (very im­per­fectly) as a sin­gle par­ent, and would love to have a part-time job even at my age. There are many peo­ple like me, and we are not “cry­ba­bies” or lazy.

For these rea­sons I will al­ways be a Demo­crat. It ap­pears Repub­li­cans only care about the wealthy, and I think they are de­spi­ca­ble. CATHER­INE LAMB

Lit­tle Rock

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