H. L. Mencken’s words, “Puritanism: The haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy,” can easily be turned on its head to disparage another group such as people of a different political persuasion than you foster.
This leads me to firstly say we need to eliminate this oppositional rhetoric between the American political parties and come back to a mutual care and concern of all citizens as our focus.
“Happiness” or at least peace of mind to me are provided by:
Social Security for the elderly;
Medicare medical coverage for the aging;
Medicaid expansion for the infirmed or mentally disabled;
23 million more Americans covered by health care avoiding stress and anxiety;
102 million Americans with pre-existing conditions have no worries;
Immigrants seeking asylum from violence, unemployment, poverty have an avenue of appeal;
Clean Air and Clean water legislation made our world a better place to exist (remember Nixon vetoed this legislation and it was overridden);
OSHA safety regulations for workers protected laborers;
Negotiating privileges of the American worker result in fairness;
Our LGBTQ people are not blocked from serving in the military;
The Democrats worked in a bi-partisan manner on the proposed DACA law to allow Dreamers to be American citizens.
For the most part, these Democratic initiatives have made for a better nation and a healthier society.