One thing I was once so certain of that I might be willing to bet the family farm, if my family ever owned a farm, is that everyone knows the basic definition of a Democrat. However, as political ideologies evolve and become more nuanced, it is essential to revisit the principles, values, and goals that define the Democratic Party in America.
At its core, being a Democrat means advocating for progressive change. Democrats believe in using the power of the government to address societal issues and promote social justice, equality, and inclusivity. The party is committed to creating economic opportunities for all, ensuring access to quality healthcare, addressing climate change, improving education, enacting sensible gun control measures, and prioritizing national security and international relations.
The crowded Democratic primary to succeed David Cicilline in Rhode Island's 1st District has drawn dueling factions of the party. This reflects the diversity of opinions and approaches within the Democratic Party, as different candidates represent various wings of the party, from moderates to progressives. Despite these differences, Democrats generally share a commitment to advancing the party's core values.