Since when has it become a crime to be and say you are a Democrat? I'm fed up with being treated as if I should hide the fact that I am a Democrat and that I support the issues important to my political party. Democrats are citizens [who] respect belief in all religions — or no religion — and belief in family. We fight for our country; we support women's rights; we support a commitment to help those having less, whether financially, health-wise, or the ability to "compete" in our society. We want health care to be available for all people in this great country. We believe in equality of being and opportunity for all. We believe that we all have an obligation to each other and must not do anything that would inhibit helping others in need.
Hate is neither a family nor political value for me. I believe in honest, open debate and welcome it. Let's stop with the name-calling, hatred and ignorance. I am a Democrat with no apology, and no need for any apology. Oh! And I'm a liberal Democrat.
— Patricia Wald