Yesterday I received a letter asking for a contribution from the Tammy Baldwin for Senate campaign. I supported Senator Baldwin in 2012 with my wallet and my vote. I love what she has done for Wisconsin and the nation since being elected to the Senate. I will continue to support her in her run for re-election in 2018 and I will endorse her and hope that she wins! I know she will continue to be a solid supporter of everything that is right about the United States.
But yesterday I received a letter asking for a contribution…the fourth one that I have received in recent months…and they have all led with the story from a Poynette town hall where a hate filled constituent held a sign that read “Terminate Unwanted Lesbians”. I realize the hate here. I realize that we can’t reward bigotry. I realize that our current president has emboldened bigots of every timbre. I realize that Senator Baldwin is a very conspicuous target for this kind of hatred. Yes, it makes my blood boil.
But please…when writing to the faithful…we don’t need to continue to deliver this same message again and again and again. I got it the first time. It was a despicable act by a bigot. And I don’t want you or anyone else to be silent in the face of that bigotry and hatred.
But right now I need to hear a positive message from Democrats at all levels of government and running in races in every city and state. What is our message? What are we going to do to help the poor, the unemployed, the uninsured, and yes, all of those at the receiving end of hatred and bigotry.
I am tired of being told I need to contribute out of fear. I am tired of hearing the negative over and over again as a motivator for my participation. I know it’s going to be a tough election. I know it’s going to take a lot of money. I know you will draw national opposition. I know you will be smeared again and again.
But when they go low, I want to see you go high. I am not seeing that…yet.