Brighter days

ahead for Democrats

The following was addressed to South Carolina Democrats by Party Chair and Orangeburg native Jaime Harrison.

To say that I am disappointed in the Nov. 8 results would be an understatement, as I know it would be for many of you. The implications will take some time to fully assess, process, and come to terms with.

But the time for reflection must be brief, and must be followed by action. As the minority party in both Washington and South Carolina next year, Democrats must seek to work collaboratively across the aisle when we see opportunities to do good. When no such opportunities are available, we must clearly lay out the stakes and offer an alternative vision to our fellow citizens.

In a democracy, there are no permanent victories and no permanent defeats. We must fight to ensure that last night's defeat is as temporary as possible and that its negative consequences are minimized, especially for the most vulnerable.

I am hopeful for the future because of what I've seen from all of you during this campaign. I know how many doors you have knocked on, phone calls you have made, and resources you have donated; I thank each and every one of you for your efforts. The core of the South Carolina Democratic Party is strong.

In South Carolina and the nation as a whole, while we suffered a setback, the Democratic Party is only getting stronger. If we have faith in each other, I can say with confidence that there will be brighter days ahead.

As we reflect today and act tomorrow, let us keep at the forefront of our minds that which is truly important, the things that inspire us to fight as Democrats. I am inspired to fight on for the countless families, like my own, who love their children and want them to have an opportunity to meaningfully contribute to our society regardless of what they have, where they live, where they come from, or who they are. When every child has this opportunity, we all benefit from their contributions.

I still believe we are stronger together. Let's keep fighting so we can prove it.

May God guide

our leaders

It’s over! All the ads and speeches are behind us, some won and some lost but for the winners what comes next?

I would like to add my two cents’ worth and remind all those who are now in some political office you have a mandate to serve those who elected you. According to my Bible, you are in office because God has allowed you to be. (Jn. 19-10)

Whether you believe the Bible or not, I will pray you seek this opportunity to make your community or our nation a better place for those who live there and pay taxes to support you and your office. Much has been said about corrupt politicians. Whether true or not, it’s not for me to decide.I do believe you should not be getting richer and your constituents poorer.

Any nation or community deserves leaders who look to make life better in all respects and not at the expense of some not others. I believe we are all entitled to the best and for some reason you were given this honor to serve your community. Jesus, the Son of God, once said: Luke 22:26 (HCSB) But it must not be like that among you. On the contrary, whoever is greatest among you must become like the youngest, and whoever leads, like the one serving. You can do no better that He.

I pray God’s richest blessings on all leaders and may God give you guidance. God bless America.

-- Frank Hay, Orangeburg

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