Democrats issue bleak July Fourth statement: ‘Values are under attack’

Democrats issue bleak July Fourth statement: 'Values are under attack'.

by David Jackson, USA TODAY

Christy Callahan takes a photo with Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez at a rally against the Trump administration’s immigration policies at Linear Park near the federal courthouse in Brownsville, Texas, on June 28. (Photo: Tamir Kalifa, Getty Images)

Happy Fourth of July – or maybe not.

The Democratic National Committee’s annual Fourth of July statement reflects its long-standing tensions with President Donald Trump.

While hailing the nation’s founding ideal of equality for all, DNC chairman Tom Perez said in the statement, “we recognize that America’s founding promise remains out of reach for too many families.”

Adding that “everywhere we look, our most fundamental values are under attack,” Perez referred to problems surrounding low-paying jobs, health care, immigration, injustice to people of color and members or the LGBTQ community, a recent Supreme Court decision on public unions, and the retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy.

“Thousands of children have been separated from their parents at our southern border,” Perez said. “At our highest court, workers’ rights are being taken away, voting rights are under assault, Muslim Americans are being discriminated against for their faith, and women’s right to choose is under threat like never before.”

While he did not cite Trump by name, Perez’s list deals with White House policies.

Perez closed by saying, “as we celebrate our nation’s independence, Democrats reaffirm our commitment to fighting for the values of inclusion and opportunity for everyone.”

The Republicans, in control of the White House and Congress, issued a more upbeat statement about the Fourth of July.

“As we celebrate more than two centuries of independence, we honor the patriots who declared America a free nation in 1776,” said Ronna McDaniel, chairwoman of the Republican National Committee. “We also remember and thank our service members for their lasting dedication and countless sacrifices to guard our liberties.”

McDaniel pledged “to uphold America’s founding principles and continue to fight for our inalienable rights: life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for all.”

Here is the Democratic statement in full:

“Nearly two and a half centuries ago, a band of patriots gathered in Philadelphia to declare that ‘all men are created equal.’ Our nation has changed dramatically since those words were first written on parchment. Generations of brave Americans – from service members to civil rights activists – have fought to expand the promise of equality for more Americans and move our country forward in its march toward a more perfect union.

“As we celebrate our nation’s independence, we recognize that America’s founding promise remains out of reach for too many families. Too many members of our society are still struggling to find a good-paying job or get the health care they need. Too many women, LGBTQ Americans, people of color, and people with disabilities still face inequality and injustice across our society.

“Everywhere we look, our most fundamental values are under attack. Thousands of children have been separated from their parents at our southern border. At our highest court, workers’ rights are being taken away, voting rights are under assault, Muslim Americans are being discriminated against for their faith, and women’s right to choose is under threat like never before.

“The Democratic Party believes that all people are created equal – no matter who they are, where they come from, who they love, or how they pray. As we celebrate our nation’s independence, Democrats reaffirm our commitment to fighting for the values of inclusion and opportunity for everyone.”

USA Today · by David Jackson, USA TODAY

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