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February 28, 2018/Media

We’ve got to stand for something

We’ve got to stand for something.

Texas Democrats are showing up in record numbers — some counties are seeing 300% voter turnout increase. We’re well into our second week of early voting in the Texas Primary, and it’s clear Texas Democrats are marching, organizing, and most importantly they are voting.

Primaries are good for our Democracy, they determine our values as a community and help us elect the leaders who fight for those values.

2016 was a national gut check for Democrats, but in Texas it was a watershed moment. Texas Democrats, with little national investment, moved the state into single-digits. Pundits and naysayers will chalk it up however they want, but one thing is certain, Texans are demanding change.

Currently, Texas is the fastest growing state in the country, we’re getting younger and increasingly diverse. These demographic shifts are a positive trendline for a big-tent progressive political party.


Primaries are good for our Democracy, they determine our values as a community and help us elect the leaders who fight for those values.

Gilberto Hinojosa

For too long, Texas Democrats clung to hopes that independents and disaffected Republicans would simply sway our way if we rationally laid out the facts. We ran campaigns with muddled messages, neglected our base, accepted defeat too early, and ignored our progressive values and populist roots.

Frankly, we forgot our history. Texas Democratic giants like Lyndon B. Johnson inspired the nation to pass the Civil Rights Act. The Voting Rights Act. Medicaid. Medicare. Food stamps. The very infrastructure that we so often take for granted. It was Barbara Jordan who said, “if the society today allows wrongs to go unchallenged, the impression is created that those wrongs have the approval of the majority.”

I realize Texas doesn’t look like it did in 1964, but the ethos of what it means to be Texas Democrat has remained the same. The legacy of Texas Democrats opening doors of opportunity not just for African-Americans, Latinos, Asian-Americans, gay Americans but for every American.

It’s our values that will determine our fate. It is not enough for Texas Democrats to just be against Donald Trump, we’ve got to convince folks that if we win, what’s in it for them?


The single most powerful word in our democracy is the word “We.” Only we can decide if the Texas Bill of Rights will be words on a piece of paper or the definition of our Party.

Gilberto Hinojosa

To millions of folks, myself included, Texas is more than a place to raise your family, get an education, and find a good paying job. It’s an idea. Such was the impetus behind creating the Texas Bill of Rights, 12 big, bold ideas for Texas families that every Texas Democrat can vote on this primary.

These 12 ballot propositions are the result of a story all too common for working Texans. A story of unaccountable corporations and the top one percent reaping the fruit of Texan labor, while working families and good folks bear the burden of a growing state. Texans know the system is rigged against them, and the system must change.

Texas Democrats believe that every single person deserves a life of dignity, respect, and a fair shot to get ahead. Our country, and our state, requires women and men of moral courage, who stand up to bullies, step up to challenges, and do right because it is right. This year, we have a historical amount of candidates running in the Democratic primary. All of them believe one thing, this great state of Texas is worth fighting for.

No election in modern history will be as critical to our Democracy as the one we’re facing in 2018. There is no such thing as a perfect candidate, no one person will have all the answers, nor will they agree with you on everything. What we have to decide is which one of these candidates will best serve you and represent your values.

The single most powerful word in our democracy is the word “We.” Only we can decide if the Texas Bill of Rights will be words on a piece of paper or the definition of our Party. We must never give away our power, our voice, in shaping the future of Texas. This primary, your vote will make a difference.

 


 

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