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Ravalli County Democrats believe that we're greater together than we are on our own--that this country succeeds when everyone gets a fair shot, everyone does their fair share, and everyone plays by the same rules. Our party is focused on building an economy that lifts up all Americans, not just those at the top.

That's why Democrats are working to make progress on issues like job creation, equal pay, education, health care, and clean energy.

We have a new Central Committee to Serve You!

Linda Schmitt is our new fearless leader, and is already working tirelessly to help Ravalli County Democrats be a growing voice in our growing valley.

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Where Democrats Stand on Labor
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โ€ข We believe that a strong middle class is essential for the well-being of our Nation. This happens when jobs are stable and paid a living wage.
โ€ข We believe that equal pay for equal work is a moral imperative.
โ€ข We believe in the right to unionize and that the current use of gig employees is detrimental to a strong economy.

Both Saint Luke and Saint Paul said โ€œ...the laborer is worthy of his hire...โ€
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Who is Dan Matlock?

๐€๐ฆ๐ž๐ซ๐ข๐œ๐š๐ง ๐‡๐ข๐ฌ๐ญ๐จ๐ซ๐ฒ
๐˜ฃ๐˜บ ๐˜‹๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ ๐˜”๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ญ๐˜ฐ๐˜ค๐˜ฌ

We have all had school classes in American History. Many of us have had to take American History on multiple occasions. But were we really learning the truth and depth of American History? Or were we learning the portion of American History that our leaders decided we should learn?

When I was in school I never had the understanding nor the temerity to question what I was being taught in history. I assumed that our instructors were teaching us the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. As an adult I learned the phrase attributed to Winston Churchill โ€œHistory is written by victors.โ€ More than that, we were taught the winnersโ€™ interpretation of history. I also discovered the quote of George Santayana โ€œThose who donโ€™t know history are destined to repeat it.โ€

I am going to list some dates (the dreaded dates from American History class) that I was never taught in school and I will venture a guess that you werenโ€™t either. However, I will argue that if we donโ€™t know these dates and understand the circumstances surrounding them, then we do not truly know American History.

๐˜ˆ๐˜ถ๐˜จ๐˜ถ๐˜ด๐˜ต 1619
๐˜”๐˜ข๐˜บ 27, 1637
๐˜”๐˜ข๐˜บ 28, 1830
๐˜๐˜ฆ๐˜ฃ๐˜ณ๐˜ถ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜บ 27, 1851
๐˜”๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ค๐˜ฉ 3, 1859
๐˜‹๐˜ฆ๐˜ค๐˜ฆ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ 17, 1862
๐˜–๐˜ค๐˜ต๐˜ฐ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ 24, 1871
๐˜”๐˜ข๐˜บ 6, 1882
๐˜š๐˜ฆ๐˜ฑ๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ 4, 1907
๐˜ˆ๐˜ถ๐˜จ๐˜ถ๐˜ด๐˜ต 17, 1915
๐˜‘๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ถ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜บ 28, 1918
๐˜”๐˜ข๐˜บ 31, 1921
๐˜‘๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ถ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜บ 26, 1929
๐˜๐˜ฆ๐˜ฃ๐˜ณ๐˜ถ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜บ 19, 1942
๐˜”๐˜ข๐˜บ 4, 1970
๐˜๐˜ฆ๐˜ฃ๐˜ณ๐˜ถ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜บ 28, 1993

If you are curious and want to start learning more of American History, below is a cheat sheet to give you clues on where and what topics to begin your exploration.

๐˜ˆ๐˜ถ๐˜จ๐˜ถ๐˜ด๐˜ต 1619
The White Lion, an English privateer anchored in the James River, Virginia with the first cargo of African slaves.

๐˜”๐˜ข๐˜บ 27, 1637
English militia from Massachusetts and Connecticut launched a surprise attack on the fortified Pequot village of Mystic.

๐˜”๐˜ข๐˜บ 28, 1830
President Andrew Jackson signed the Indian Removal Act.

๐˜๐˜ฆ๐˜ฃ๐˜ณ๐˜ถ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜บ 27, 1851
Congress passed the Indian Appropriations Act which created the Indian reservation system.

๐˜”๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ค๐˜ฉ 3, 1859
The Great Slave Auction โ€“ 436 men, women and children were auctioned off to pay the debts of Pierce M. Butler.

๐˜‹๐˜ฆ๐˜ค๐˜ฆ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ 17, 1862
General Ulysses S. Grant signed an order expelling all Jews from Tennessee, Mississippi and Kentucky.

๐˜–๐˜ค๐˜ต๐˜ฐ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ 24, 1871
The Chinese Massacre in Los Angeles, California.

๐˜”๐˜ข๐˜บ 6, 1882
The Chinese Exclusion Act was signed by President Chester A. Arthur.

๐˜š๐˜ฆ๐˜ฑ๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ 4, 1907
The Bellingham Riots in which a mob of 400 โ€“ 500 white men attacked a community of Sikh immigrants.

๐˜ˆ๐˜ถ๐˜จ๐˜ถ๐˜ด๐˜ต 17, 1915
Leo Max Frank, an American Jew, was lynched by a mob after a court had overturned his prior conviction of murder.

๐˜‘๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ถ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜บ 28, 1918
Texas Rangers, U.S Cavalry soldiers and local ranchers attacked and killed 15 unarmed Mexican American men and boys in Porvenir, Texas.

๐˜”๐˜ข๐˜บ 31, 1921
The Tulsa, Oklahoma race massacre.

๐˜‘๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ถ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜บ 26, 1929
William K. Hale was sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of Osage women and men.

๐˜๐˜ฆ๐˜ฃ๐˜ณ๐˜ถ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜บ 19, 1942
President Franklin Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066 authorizing Japanese Relocation.

๐˜”๐˜ข๐˜บ 4, 1970
The Kent State Massacre

๐˜๐˜ฆ๐˜ฃ๐˜ณ๐˜ถ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜บ 28, 1993
The beginning of the Waco Siege.

I have always been proud of my country but after learning this list and the many, many more examples of events that I was never taught, I realize that my view of America has been through the rose colored lenses of being a white male. If my skin were another color or even if I had been born female, my opinion of American History would be much different. It is time to take off the rose colored glasses and view the reality of this Grand Experiment.

I still love my country. I just have to see her with her blemishes. As with many friends, we love them not because of who they are but in spite of who they are. I ask you to study these dates, learn the full history of America and then strive to make America the nation she hopes to be.
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๐€๐ฆ๐ž๐ซ๐ข๐œ๐š๐ง ๐‡๐ข๐ฌ๐ญ๐จ๐ซ๐ฒ
๐˜ฃ๐˜บ ๐˜‹๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ ๐˜”๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ญ๐˜ฐ๐˜ค๐˜ฌ

We have all had school classes in American History.  Many of us have had to take American History on multiple occasions.  But were we really learning the truth and depth of American History?  Or were we learning the portion of American History that our leaders decided we should learn?

When I was in school I never had the understanding nor the temerity to question what I was being taught in history.  I assumed that our instructors were teaching us the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.  As an adult I learned the phrase attributed to Winston Churchill โ€œHistory is written by victors.โ€  More than that, we were taught the winnersโ€™ interpretation of history.  I also discovered the quote of George Santayana โ€œThose who donโ€™t know history are destined to repeat it.โ€

I am going to list some dates (the dreaded dates from American History class) that I was never taught in school and I will venture a guess that you werenโ€™t either.  However, I will argue that if we donโ€™t know these dates and understand the circumstances surrounding them, then we do not truly know American History.

๐˜ˆ๐˜ถ๐˜จ๐˜ถ๐˜ด๐˜ต 1619
๐˜”๐˜ข๐˜บ 27, 1637
๐˜”๐˜ข๐˜บ 28, 1830
๐˜๐˜ฆ๐˜ฃ๐˜ณ๐˜ถ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜บ 27, 1851
๐˜”๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ค๐˜ฉ 3, 1859
๐˜‹๐˜ฆ๐˜ค๐˜ฆ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ 17, 1862
๐˜–๐˜ค๐˜ต๐˜ฐ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ 24, 1871
๐˜”๐˜ข๐˜บ 6, 1882
๐˜š๐˜ฆ๐˜ฑ๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ 4, 1907
๐˜ˆ๐˜ถ๐˜จ๐˜ถ๐˜ด๐˜ต 17, 1915
๐˜‘๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ถ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜บ 28, 1918
๐˜”๐˜ข๐˜บ 31, 1921
๐˜‘๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ถ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜บ 26, 1929
๐˜๐˜ฆ๐˜ฃ๐˜ณ๐˜ถ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜บ 19, 1942
๐˜”๐˜ข๐˜บ 4, 1970
๐˜๐˜ฆ๐˜ฃ๐˜ณ๐˜ถ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜บ 28, 1993

If you are curious and want to start learning more of American History, below is a cheat sheet to give you clues on where and what topics to begin your exploration.

๐˜ˆ๐˜ถ๐˜จ๐˜ถ๐˜ด๐˜ต 1619
The White Lion, an English privateer anchored in the James River, Virginia with the first cargo of African slaves.

๐˜”๐˜ข๐˜บ 27, 1637
English militia from Massachusetts and Connecticut launched a surprise attack on the fortified Pequot village of Mystic.

๐˜”๐˜ข๐˜บ 28, 1830
President Andrew Jackson signed the Indian Removal Act.

๐˜๐˜ฆ๐˜ฃ๐˜ณ๐˜ถ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜บ 27, 1851
Congress passed the Indian Appropriations Act which created the Indian reservation system.

๐˜”๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ค๐˜ฉ 3, 1859
The Great Slave Auction โ€“ 436 men, women and children were auctioned off to pay the debts of Pierce M. Butler.

๐˜‹๐˜ฆ๐˜ค๐˜ฆ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ 17, 1862
General Ulysses S. Grant signed an order expelling all Jews from Tennessee, Mississippi and Kentucky.

๐˜–๐˜ค๐˜ต๐˜ฐ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ 24, 1871
The Chinese Massacre in Los Angeles, California.

๐˜”๐˜ข๐˜บ 6, 1882
The Chinese Exclusion Act was signed by President Chester A. Arthur.

๐˜š๐˜ฆ๐˜ฑ๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ 4, 1907
The Bellingham Riots in which a mob of 400 โ€“ 500 white men attacked a community of Sikh immigrants.

๐˜ˆ๐˜ถ๐˜จ๐˜ถ๐˜ด๐˜ต 17, 1915
Leo Max Frank, an American Jew, was lynched by a mob after a court had overturned his prior conviction of murder.

๐˜‘๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ถ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜บ 28, 1918
Texas Rangers, U.S Cavalry soldiers and local ranchers attacked and killed 15 unarmed Mexican American men and boys in Porvenir, Texas.

๐˜”๐˜ข๐˜บ 31, 1921
The Tulsa, Oklahoma race massacre.

๐˜‘๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ถ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜บ 26, 1929
William K. Hale was sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of Osage women and men.

๐˜๐˜ฆ๐˜ฃ๐˜ณ๐˜ถ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜บ 19, 1942
President Franklin Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066 authorizing Japanese Relocation.

๐˜”๐˜ข๐˜บ 4, 1970
The Kent State Massacre

๐˜๐˜ฆ๐˜ฃ๐˜ณ๐˜ถ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜บ 28, 1993
The beginning of the Waco Siege.

I have always been proud of my country but after learning this list and the many, many more examples of events that I was never taught, I realize that my view of America has been through the rose colored lenses of being a white male.  If my skin were another color or even if I had been born female, my opinion of American History would be much different.  It is time to take off the rose colored glasses and view the reality of this Grand Experiment.

I still love my country.  I just have to see her with her blemishes.  As with many friends, we love them not because of who they are but in spite of who they are.  I ask you to study these dates, learn the full history of America and then strive to make America the nation she hopes to be.

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Karin & Husband, I believe we got to this place through apathy and, at times necessary, narrow focus. How do we get back? Through at LOT of hard work and self reflection to be sure that we do not harbor negativity to 'others' within ourselves.

My husband & I say the same things almost on a daily basis. How did we get to this place & how do we get back?

Knowing isn't necessary Knowing Orographic lift occurs when an air mass is forced from a low elevation to a higher elevation as it moves over rising terrain and, under the right conditions, causes precipitation. Isn't necessary to wonder at the beauty of a rainbow. Knowing the Transpolar Drift Stream is a major ocean current of the Arctic Ocean, transporting sea ice from the Laptev Sea and the East Siberian Sea towards the Fram Strait. Isn't necessary to be perplexed by why Greenland is covered in ice. Knowing that within the Hadley cells, the trade winds blow towards the equator, then ascend near the equator as a broken line of thunderstorms, which forms the Inter-Tropical-Convergence Zone (ITCZ). Isn't necessary to enjoy the pitter-patter of rain on a tin roof. Knowing what caused the soles of another's shoes to be worn smooth. Isn't necessary for unconditional positive regard. Knowing why that car cut in front of you. Isn't necessary to give them empathy. Knowing George Floyd couldn't breath, called for his mother and anguished for 8:46. Isn't necessary to support #blacklivesmatter. Knowing isn't necessary, loving as you would be loved is.

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I hope to see all of our Democratic party friends this afternoon at 4 at the Victor park. This is our County convention where we will be electing new executive board members. Afterwards, we will be holding a potluck to reconnect after this long, strange year. I hope to see you there! ... See MoreSee Less

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I'm in Boise with my dogs,sorry I missed it..

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