Sunday, June 04, 2006

The Oregon Democratic Party State Convention 2006 ended today after three jam-packed days spent critiqing ourselves, our party, and our common goals for our great country. Attending was exhausting but exhilerating; like witnessing the birth of a child (let alone having one, I know, but as a man I can only do so much on that score.)

One thing that was abundantly clear in that political setting--Democrats love their country and demand a lot of it, like a tough coach. Most of all, we love the freedoms guaranteed to us in our Constitution.

That revered document is what binds us as a nation and protects us as individuals. Deeper divisions than the mere politics of the moment threathen us if either wing of our political spectrum decides to pick and choose to obey and enforce. (I won't even take a swipe at anybody here--we all know it when someone walks off the path; no sense pretending otherwise.) These principles were reiterated again and again this weekend. We must obey the laws of our land, and adhere to the principles upon which they are based which are enumerated in the Constitution.

In politics as in our professions, we succeed best by following our passions. For me, the 2nd Amendment is a particular passion, and so I begin this site to educate the general public about the pro-Constitutional, pro-gun stance of the Democratic Party, and also in hopes it will serve as a forum for law-abiding, gun-owning Democrats to meet and discuss their viewpoints on the rights and duties of gun owners in our free society.

The Convention debates are over. Let the debates begin!


Chuck Butcher said...

Go for it Zach

Pirate Prentice said...

I have come to realize that the 2nd Amendment is not going away. So Democrats ought to figure out a way to deal with it so that the nuts don't own the issue anymore. I'll be interested in the case you make over the coming months.

Dan Gambiera said...

PP, the problem is that many people myself included believe that we are not nuts. The right to keep and bear arms is an important fundamental freedom, right up there with trial by jury and the press. The Democratic Party has drifted away from this belief and has been the source of many bad laws and bills that try to eliminate that right. We are not trying to whitewash people who are anti-gun but want to "manage" the issue. We want to educate the Party and bring it closer to the views of most Oregonians and a huge number of people who joined the Republicans because of that issue alone.

Freedom isn't something inconvenient one has to deal with. It's something to be fervently defended.

I extend my usual invitation. If you're in the Portland area and haven't gone shooting or dislike guns but don't have much experience I'll be glad to take you to a clean, safe range where you can develop opinions based on knowledge and experience. My treat. And I won't try to convert you to anything.