Where do we start the New Year? Last year we spent many hours attending meetings, seminars, house parties, writing letters, responding to surveys and listening to the DFL party. We did this looking for answers to why we lost the last election. Many of you started this process last January. Common to all these activities was the quest for a message.
My opinion is that we must start our rebuilding guided by the past. Frankly I am tired of the self-defeating rhetoric of the new Democrats. I will mention no names for you know who some of them are.
My New Year’s resolution is “less diatribe and more action”.
For starters I am attending my precinct caucus. I have contacted my precinct captain and advised her I am available for assignment. (More action). I will be attending precinct caucus training put on by my local DFL organizing unit and Congressional District 2 (CD-2). (Again more action). If chosen by my peers I hope to move forward to attend the Senate District 21, CD-2 and the State Conventions. (Possibly more action).
In past years I thought I knew all there was to know about the election process. I didn’t participate at the caucus level with a passion. Yes, folks I am partly to blame for our terrible election loss. My commitment is to re-learn democracy. Learn I will. (Less diatribe)
Some of you are disgusted with the Democratic Party. I am not. It is my (our) fault. I didn’t actively participate. I know, as many do, that small groups of committed people (caucus?) can make effective political change. I am not a plunderer.
Democrats can fix people’s problems. The Democratic Party can be ours again. Let’s take it back and win again.
“Retirees should be free from worry, fear or want; this is the right for all and our legacy.”
Bruce Yernberg, President, SE MN AFL-CIO Retirees, (651-388-9309)