July 4th serves as a reminder that our nation was founded by dissenters. Most of the earliest settlers were folks who risked their lives to come to a land where they didn't have to follow the dictates of King George's government. And when that government tried to control their lives, they dissented again, fought for freedom, and won it with their blood.
This Independence Day I urge you to declare your independence from the current "King George", and also from your own fear that nothing you do will make things better.
Complaining is easier than rolling up your sleeves and getting to work...but we've reached a time when even voting is just not enough. It's time to do more, to work even harder to be sure that 2008 is not a repeat of the 2004 presidential election....close, but not a win.
What can you do? Promise yourself you'll be part of the solution, not part of the problem. Decide to be part of what's happening, not just a spectator. Sign up for our county committee e-mail list and we'll tell you what volunteer opportunities are available. Just visit the Kennebec County Democrats website and follow the links to join, to volunteer, or to make a donation. If you live in our Maine county, you're already one of us. If you don't, we'd love to have you join those from all over the country who have contributed to our work through Act Blue.
Have a great 4th...we'll have a presence at the Augusta Independence Day parade, and in Winslow we'll have a group in the parade and a vendor booth as well.
Hope to see you there.