By Richard Aubrey Payne (Contact)
To be delivered to: The United States House of Representatives, The United States Senate, and President Barack Obama
Thomas Nast, a famous political cartoonist, is credited with the earlier uses of the donkey, He first used the donkey in an 1870 Harper's weekly cartoon to represent the "Copperhead Press" kicking a dead lion, symbolizing Lincoln's Secretary of War, Edwin M. Stanton, who had recently died. The Republicans got the elephant loved it and officially adopted it...the Democrats never have. after 142 years it is about time. The donkey is a stubborn little fellow and now more than ever before we as Democrats have to be stubborn and fight for our rights be they dealing with gender, racism, or sexual orientation. We have to stand up for the poor, the hungry, the homeless and for good schools, clean air and water and making sure that the wars we fight are worth fighting. Yes we have to fight for jobs and making sure taxes are fair and the amounts each pays is just for his earnings and ability to pay. Today more than ever Democrats MUST be stubborn and stand tight for what is just, fair and right.
The donkey is the prefect mascot, and adding the word burro is fitting to invite Hispanics who seem to be America's largest emerging minority, and Democrats will do far more for them than the Republicans. Finally let us remember that Mary the mother of Jesus rode to the place of his birth on the back of a donkey, which he himself later rode to make a very clear point...if it is good enough for Christ, it should be good enough for the Democrat Party. I think our Democrat Leaders should make it official at the next national convention and formally adopt it!
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