The fundamental principles of the Democratic Party of Garland County are the promotion of individual freedom, equality of opportunity, community empowerment, a healthy environment, and a vibrant democracy. All are essential if Arkansas is to reach its full potential.The Democratic Party of Garland County meets on the third Wednesday of every month at 5:00 p.m. at our headquarters, 608 W. Grand Avenue, Hot Springs, AR 71901. All interested individuals are encouraged to attend!
The Democratic Party of Garland County met on Wednesday, January 16th, to elect executive officers, board members, and election commissioner for the 2019-2020 term.
Officers include (left to right) Mark Toth, Treasurer; Hayden Shamel, Chair; Lee Crawford, Vice-Chair; and Timothy Yates, Secretary.
Executive board members are Cortney McKee, Kent Bard, Kay Hughes, Renee Sutherland, Nicholas Sabaj, and Larry Williams.(not pictured Kay Hughes & Renee Sutherland). Elmer Beard will serve as the Democratic Party representative for the Garland County Election Commission.
Earl Babbie's Keynote Address
Earl Babbie was the keynote speaker at a dinner hosted by the Democratic Party of Garland County (DPGC) on September 20th, 2018. A renown sociologist, Babbie holds the position of Campbell Professor Emeritus in Behavioral Sciences at Chapman University. His textbook, The Practice of Social Research (first published in 1975 and currently in its 14th English edition with numerous non-English editions), is widely taught in colleges throughout the United States and elsewhere. Throughout his career he has been active in the American Sociological Association and served on the ASA’s executive committee. He is also a past president of the California Sociological Association and the Pacific Sociological Association.
Babbie explained how various political candidates seek to use the concept of patriotism for electoral advantage. “Patriotism is one of the most revered and misunderstood aspects of our political life. With the onset of home-stretch election campaigning, we can expect to hear constant references to patriotism, along with claims as to who is more patriotic than
whom. John McCain, in his final communication, warned that patriotism is not the same as partisan tribalism,” Babbie said. “It’s important to distinguish patriotism from symbols
of patriotism. There are parallels to this. Pledging fidelity in your wedding vows is not the same as actually being faithful. Or, signing a contract is not the same as actually doing the work or paying for the work. These bear repeating in the Age of Trump.”
Babbie added, “It is interesting that some people like to define patriotism in terms of the
expression, ‘My country, right or wrong.’ Perfect size for a bumper sticker. Those who ground their patriotism in this phrase always neglect the second half of it, as originally expressed by Interior Secretary Carl Shurtz in 1872: ‘My country, right or wrong; if right, to be kept right; and if wrong, to be set right.’ I would suggest this is the bedrock of patriotism: a commitment to the realization of our national ideals.”
I want to take a minute to say thank you for all of the work you have done over the course of the past year. By all accounts, 2017 was an extremely successful year for the Democratic Party of Garland County. Our membership has doubled,
our candidate list continues to grow, and we have raised a significant amount of money to turn the tide in 2018. None of that would have been possible without the dedicated and enthusiastic efforts of one of the best Democratic teams in the state.
It takes a vast amount of time and long hours of hard work in order to accomplish all that we’ve done, and we should be extremely proud. Our local party is one of the most active in the state, and our work hasn’t gone unnoticed. I am deeply appreciative for all of your work–from volunteering at headquarters, to organizing fundraisers, to making out
reach phone calls, and recruiting candidates and new members-every selfless and tireless act of service you do is a contribution to something bigger than all of us.
And now we march boldly into 2018. If Virginia and Alabama taught us anything, it’s that with hard work, we can and will bring about the change we seek. There are 270 odd days until the mid- term elections, and it seems our work has only just begun. I can’t wait to see what tomorrow holds.
I hope to see you at the February 21st meeting when our guest speaker will be LR attorney Jesse Gibson on AR constitutional amendments.