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Saturday, June 08, 2013

 11:48 AM 

Nickels: Democratic Party the party of compassion

Manitowoc Mayor Justin Nickels said the Democratic party is the party of compassion, which presents challenges when running against Republicans who he said have an easy time appealing to those concerned about the price of government rather than its value.

Republicans and the Tea Party, he said, are “putting a price tag on everything and a value on nothing.”

He said that in a society where people increasingly care about themselves more than others, “Republicans can shout at the wind and tell us that overpaid public employees and high taxes are the problem” and that they can cut taxes and grow the economy.

But Democrats, he said, are forced to explain the value of supporting things like education and public transportation that may provide opportunities for others, rather than just themselves, to succeed in society.

He said radical groups tell Democrats they need to read the Constitution.

“While they are living in a world focused on "me," Democrats are focused on "we"--“we the people,” he said to applause.

But Nickels said compassion must extend also to political rivals, and they must find common ground to help their communities succeed.

He said Democrats can be successful if they commit to being pragmatic idealists.

 “The days ahead of us are bright because we re going to work harder we are going to work stronger and together we can make sure our tomorrow is better than our yesterday,” he said.

-- By David Wise


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