Cass County Democratic Party
Headquarters: 804 E. State St.
Cassopolis, MI 49031
Mailing Address: PO Box 154
Cassopolis, MI 49031
The Cass County Democratic Party announces their next “Third Thursday” event to be held on September 15 at 6:30 pm. In conjunction with Democracy for America, the party will host “The Brainwashing of My Dad”. This documentary, by filmmaker Jen Senko, examines the rise of the radical right (known as alt right) through decades of hate and fear-mongering radio and TV commentary and “news”. The film explores the personal implications of this dangerous propaganda and how immersion in radicalized thinking has rocked the foundation of many families and our society at large. Jen Senko chronicles this political phenomenon and reveals the far-reaching consequences of conservative media.
The event will be held at Democratic Party Headquarters located at 804 E. State Street, Cassopolis. As always, “Third Thursday” events are free and open to the public.
Events Committee Co-Chair
Cass County Democratic Party
Cass County Fair August 1-6 2016
VOTE DEMOCRAT Tuesday, Nov. 8
(Polls open 7am-8pm)
**You can vote straight ticket, and also vote for Individuals in another party. All votes count!
Elect candidates who will serve the people—
not the party!!
Hillary Clinton/Tim Kaine— President/Vice President
Paul Clements—US House of Representatives 6th District
Carol Higgins—MI House of Representatives 59th District
Dean Hill—MI House of Representatives 78th District
(Howard, Milton, Ontwa and Silver Creek townships)
Tony Catanzarite—Cass County Drain Commissioner
Clark Cobb—Cass County Commission (District 7)
"Politics or Dictatorship"
A commentary by David Brooks, conservative commentator.
"Should any political party attempt to abolish social security, unemployment insurance, and eliminate labor laws and farm programs, you would not hear of that party again in our political history. There is a tiny splinter group, of course, that believes you can do these things. Among them are...Texas oil millionaires and an occasional politician or business man from other areas. Their number is negligible and they are stupid."
--President Dwight D. Eisenhower, November 8, 1954
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(go to www.michigan.gov to see if you’re registered)
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* If you have any trouble voting
* If you want to help elect Democrats!
AVAILABLE AT CCDP HEADQUARTERS
(near Family Dollar in Cassopolis) MON-FRI 1-4 PM
Clinton/Kaine Yard Signs -- $10
Hillary and Clinton/Kaine Buttons -- $3 each, 2/$5, 5/$10
Hillary bumperstickers -- $2 each
Clements Yard Signs-- FREE
COME AND GET EM!
September 15, 6:30 pm
OF MY DAD”
CCDP Executive Committee
Third Tuesday of the month
at our Headquarters
The Governing Cancer of OurTime
David Brooks FEB. 26, 2016
We live in a big, diverse society. There are essentially two ways to maintain order and get things done in such a society — politics or some form of dictatorship. Either through compromise or brute force. Our founding fathers chose politics. Politics is an activity in which you recognize the simultaneous existence of different groups, interests and opinions. You try to find some way to balance or reconcile or compromise those interests, or at least a majority of them. You follow a set of rules, enshrined in a constitution or in custom, to help you reach these compromises in a way everybody considers legitimate. The downside of politics is that people never really get everything they want. It’s messy, limited and no issue is ever really settled. Politics is a muddled activity in which people have to recognize restraints and settle for less than they want. Disappointment is normal.
But that’s sort of the beauty of politics, too. It involves an endless conversation in which we learn about other people and see things from their vantage point and try to balance their needs against our own. Plus, it’s better than the alternative: rule by some authoritarian tyrant who tries to govern by clobbering everyone in his way.
As Bernard Crick wrote in his book, “In Defense of Politics,” “Politics is a way of ruling divided societies without undue violence.”
Over the past generation we have seen the rise of a group of people who are against politics. These groups — best exemplified by the Tea Party but not exclusive to the right — want to elect people who have no political experience. They want “outsiders.” They delegitimize compromise and deal making. They’re willing to trample the customs and rules that give legitimacy to legislative decision-making if it helps them gain power.
Ultimately, they don’t recognize other people. They suffer from a form of political narcissism, in which they don’t accept the legitimacy of other interests and opinions. They don’t recognize restraints. They want total victories for themselves and their doctrine.
This anti politics tendency has had a wretched effect on our democracy. It has led to a series of overlapping downward spirals: The anti politics people elect legislators who have no political skills or experience. That incompetence leads to dysfunctional government, which leads to more disgust with government, which leads to a demand for even more outsiders.
The anti politics people don’t accept that politics is a limited activity. They make soaring promises and raise ridiculous expectations. When those expectations are not met, voters grow cynical and, disgusted, turn even further in the direction of anti politics.
The anti politics people refuse compromise and so block the legislative process. The absence of accomplishment destroys public trust. The decline in trust makes deal making harder. We’re now at a point where the Senate says it won’t even hold hearings on a presidential Supreme Court nominee, in clear defiance of custom and the Constitution. We’re now at a point in which politicians live in fear if they try to compromise and legislate. We’re now at a point in which normal political conversation as broken down. People feel unheard, which makes them shout even louder, which further destroys conversation.
And in walks Donald Trump. People say that Trump is an unconventional candidate and that he represents a break from politics as usual. That’s not true. Trump is the mculmination of the trends we have been seeing for the last 30 years: the desire for outsiders; the bashing style of rhetoric that makes conversation impossible; the decline of coherent political parties; The declining importance of policy; the tendency to fight cultural battles and identity wars through political means. Trump represents the path the founders rejected. There is a hint of violence undergirding his campaign. There is always a whiff, and sometimes more than a whiff, of “I’d like to punch him in the nose!”
I printed out a Times list of the insults Trump has hurled on Twitter. The list took up 33 pages. Trump’s style is bashing and pummeling. Everyone who opposes or disagrees with him is an idiot, a moron or a loser. The implied promise of this campaign is that he will come to Washington and bully his way through.
Trump’s supporters aren’t looking for a political process to address their needs. They are looking for a superhero. As the political scientist Matthew MacWilliams found, the one trait that best predicts whether you’re a Trump supporter is how high you score on tests that measure authoritarianism. This isn’t just an American phenomenon. Politics is in retreat and authoritarianism is on the rise worldwide. The answer to Trump is politics. It’s acknowledging other people exist. It’s taking pleasure in that difference and hammering out workable arrangements. As Harold Laski put it, “We shall make the basis of our state consent to disagreement. Therein shall we ensure its deepest harmony.”
Clark Cobb -- District 7
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Our Annual Summer Party was a great success!
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Chair -- Cathy LaPointe
Vice Chair -- Rudy Gourdine
2nd Vice Chair -- Felomina Patton
Secretary -- Marlene Deming
Treasurer -- Francois Duchesneau
From the Chair--
The Cass County Democrats' Annual Summer Party was a terrific kick off to the election season in earnest. Events co-chairs Rudy Gourdine and Judy Ashley and their committee did a great job with set up, dinner, silent auction and thrift shop sale. Candidates Paul Clements, Carol Higgins, Dean Hill and Clark Cobb were inspirational and informed. They make us all proud to be Democrats. Enjoy the photo gallery : )
Now we put our time and money where our hearts are. Donate to these campaigns as you can; and more importantly join our effort to knock on every door in Cass County. We have great candidates, a progressive, inclusive platform and every reason to think we can turn Cass County BLUE! Every township will have a committee and needs you to be a part of it. If you're not on the CCDP email list, contact me and we'll add you and put you to work! This is our time, and Democrats are desperately needed in our government at all levels. Let's all do our part. See you soon, Cathy
The focus of CCDP at the fair this year was voter registration and absentee ballot applications. Also getting the word out about our great candidates for State House and US Congress, 6th District. And of course letting the world know how proud we are of Hillary. We had buttons and bumperstickers for sale and lots of information about voting and voting rights. Note the Grand Champion ribbon for our own Marlene Deming. This was for her fudge, but she also won ribbons for many of her yummy creations.
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