Wichita County Democratic Party

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This website will help you on your journey to find out more about the Democratic Party, more specifically, the Wichita County Democratic Party. Use the links at the top of this page to maneuver around the site. The right sidebar links have  additional information. From any page you can return to the homepage by clicking the flag at the top of each page.

Enjoy learning more about us.

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 State of the Union Address

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Chairman’s Message for the Holidays and 2015

I know we have spent a great deal of time this past year discussing politics and we will again but first I want to pass on my deepest wishes for a wonderful Christmas and New Year for each of you. This time of the year is one of my favorite times of the year as family and friends come together and it is a great time to catch up. I sincerely hope you are able to have this same experience this season.

Part of this message is to review the past year and look forward to the next. We awoke on November 5th hoping what we had seen the night before was really just a bad nightmare. Unfortunately we saw the headlines we have become too accustomed. While we made some good progress in different areas of the State and Wichita County we really did not have enough people vote. We all worked extremely hard and had such hope the rest of our friends and neighbors would be coming along with us.

Looking forward to the future we must learn from this cycle and figure out how to change the dynamic. I made mention to a number of our volunteers and officers of our partner organizations that we missed the message that would drive folks to the polls. The State Party has already done some polling with various partners directed at the individuals that did not vote and their voices seem to tell the tale. The messages that came out did not get the voters attention.

Now this may seem like another obstacle as we move forward, but before we get to carried away remember the Republicans did not reach them either. So, it is going to be the practice of this party to be much more what an opposition party should be. We are going to watch the actions of our elected representatives very closely during this next legislative session. We will gather the information so we can have an open and honest conversation about what they did or did not do while in session. They will say we plan to attack them but that is usually what guilty people say when they have been caught. Remember, the truth only offends the guilty.

This information we gather will drive home a point that when Democrats talk about kitchen table issues we win. We have to get back to that. While we do that we have to cut through the white noise created by the Republicans and tell the stories of the people we represent. Remember that these so-called “conservative” Republicans created 85% of our national debt and 100% of our state shortfall. They have bailed out Wall Street, sold out Main Street and created the greatest income disparity between their rich handlers and working families since the industrial revolution. They have done this while claiming to be the party of fiscal responsibility and they have largely gotten away with it. How? Fear!!

They have been so successful playing on peoples’ fears of things different from themselves. They have turned working families against each other; public against private; White against Black against Brown; Protestant against Catholic against Jew against Muslim. While they did not originate suspicion they have done an excellent job of exploiting it. They have made us comfortable with our prejudices. They have been very good at digging up the old fears and hatreds embedded in so many Texans. This prejudice is a cancer on our soul and our opponents are able and willing to spread it.

The sad truth is that they do this not to be bigots but because it works. So what is the answer? Well simply, you are. We have to talk directly to the people and past the Republicans. This could not be truer in rural counties such as ours. We have to give them good old-fashioned Texas talk! We have to tell the truth, but don’t just tell the truth, tell the story. We have to talk about healthcare and how it is more accessible and affordable, when they attack free public education, the very foundation of the American dream, we have to stand shoulder to shoulder and in one voice say NO! We have to show Medicare provides a dignified end to our parents and grandparent’s life’s journey. We have to talk about how cutting funding to higher education and raising tuition is cutting out working families and is jeopardizing the future of this state. When they propose cuts to services to disabled vets and family protective services they prove they lack history or heart and when they attacked organized labor, the builder of the middle class; they are lacking in basic economic understanding.

These are the stories we have to tell but we have even better stories of accomplishment taken for granted. We passed Social Security, Medicare, Civil Rights, Voting Rights, the New Deal, the Family Medical Leave Act, the G.I. Bill, Equal Pay for Equal Work, the Affordable Healthcare Act and even Rural Electrification. Where we live we should be telling our friends and neighbors, “If you flip on a light switch and the lights come on, you should thank a Democrat.”

Are we perfect? Unfortunately no, but we are better. We understand that everyone, regardless of economic status, merit the opportunity to achieve their God given potential. We are better because we believe that everyone who works hard and plays by the rules deserve a life with dignity and that none of their rights should ever be impinged regardless of who they are, who they love, their ethnicity, their religious belief or their gender.

Now, most of you are already saying that you believe all if not the vast majority of what has been said. You will also say that the Republicans will only call you a “socialist” for believing such things. It is not the first time this has happened. In the past sixty years every progressive movement that has occurred in this country, Democrats have made it happen. Now as before there has always been some Republican standing in the way yelling “SOCIALIST”. Well there was an old East Texas Democrat, Speaker Sam Rayburn who would answer that charge. He would say, “It is not socialism, it is applied Christianity”.

I look forward to 2015 and I hope that these words will provide you the encouragement to stay the course. I know it has not been easy but in Texas we are told, at a young age, that ii we are thrown out of the saddle that we have to get up and climb back in the saddle. Let us not forget the 5th of November 2014.

I want to wish each and everyone a safe and Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year,

John Richie
Chairman

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A few words from the Texas Democratic website:

“We believe Texas is the greatest state in the nation, and that together we can make it even greater. Texas Democrats care about our neighbors and know that we’re stronger together than we are on our own.  We know that when everyone plays by the same rules, gets a fair shot and does their fair share — Texas succeeds.  Our values are rooted in opportunity, freedom, fairness, equality, and progress.

That is why Texas Democrats are working to advance issues like job creation, comprehensive immigration reform, good schools, health care and building an economy that lasts—an economy that lifts up all Texans.

Texas Democrats have led the fight for civil rights, Social Security, workers’ rights, voting rights, veteran’s rights, health care, equality, immigration reform, and women’s rights. We are the party of President Lyndon Johnson, Sam Rayburn, Barbara Jordan, Ann Richards, Joaquin and Julian Castro, Wendy Davis, and countless Texans throughout the state who work each day to keep Texas great.”

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