“We are behind, is where I see us right now. I just pray the damage isn’t irreparable.”–Tammie Creed
Each year I profile four of the most fascinating people I know and Tammie Creed is truly, one of the most fascinating people I know. I follow her on Twitter and each day I learn something new and I giggle at least four times during the day over something she posted with a clever remark. Tammie is super smart, bold, noble, courageous and filled with wit.
You can follow Tammie Creed on Twitter @tlccourville
Thank you Tammie Creed for granting me this interview, it’s great to speak with you again.
Q.) What are your feelings right now in light of the voter suppression happening in Texas and Georgia?
A.) When I think about America and what makes this country great, to me, it is the fundamental right to be heard, to have the right to speak up and speak out by the way of my vote. Without that right, we reside in an authoritarian state. When I think of all the battles fought and lives given for that inalienable right which is slowly being taken away. I am ashamed for the lives lost in vain. The United States begins and ends with the right to vote.
Q.) Many people think Texas is blue, what do you think? Do you agree?
A.) Texas may very well have turned blue, but because we looked away for many years the Republicans were busy at work making sure the minority stayed in power. The extreme measures being taken to keep the majority silenced makes it hard to know whether or not Texas is blue. Until further proof I do not feel that it is blue.
Q.) Do you think there will be a blue wave in 2022?
A.) Regarding a blue wave in 2022, if I’m being honest, I don’t know if I see that happening. We turned out in record shattering numbers in 2018, but Congress having regained power after that we had the rug pulled out from under our feet. We followed the same path in 2020 but it wasn’t enough. Our messaging is not aggressive as Republicans. Once we got power in 2020 again we drug our feet. The number of voters that are exhausted and worn out is frighteningly high. The Democrats have not been aggressive enough since 2018. The electorate feels like we are not being heard. All I can do, once again is show up and try to help turn out the vote next year, but I am not hopeful. My party’s leadership has been weak. Seems like no one’s being held accountable for anything. The situation is beyond infuriating, it’s frustrating and exhausting.
Q.) What is your ambition for the rest of the year?
A.) To survive with my heart not hardened, my spirit not broken.
Q.) Where were you born?
A.) I was born in Monroe, Louisiana, I moved to southward Lafayette in 1998.
Q.) How long have you been active in politics?
A.) I guess you could say I was born into a progressive way of thinking. From as far back as I remember my father’s mission in life was to empower those who had been left behind. When I was a little girl I remember my father working for CAP ( Community Action Program) and then onto economic development of the parishes along the Delta. Because of my father I have always been able to see, really see people and have empathy. I know,it is incumbent upon all of us to help others thrive and prosper. It only improves ALL our lives when we take care of one another. So, yes, I have always been a Progressive Democrat.
Q.) With so many Twitter followers what is the thrust of your platform?
A.) I don’t know that I have a specific platform. I got on Twitter in 2016 simply because it was the most expedient way to receive news. I am a blue dot in a red sea. I do not have democrats around me. Twitter afforded me the opportunity to connect with thousands of people, I no longer feel like an island, so I try to use my platform to help others connect. The more of us that connect and feel safe to speak freely, the better chance we have to make change. The better chance we have NOT to be silenced.
Q.) What is the best investment you’ve ever made?
A.) Carrying on what my father taught me, to be beautiful from the inside out and leave no one behind. I would include my cancer policy.
Q.) Have been vaccinated for COVID-19 yet?
A.) I have been vaccinated for COVID-19 as soon as vaccinations were made available. I wasted no time, I was in line to get it done, and I’m grateful my 17-year old daughter begged me to get her vaccinated as well.
Q.) Why is the word abbreviation such a long word?
A.) LOL… to remind us how nice short cuts are.
Q.) If you could have a gigantic billboard anywhere in Austin, Texas with anything on it, what would it say?
A.) “Whatever you did NOT do for one of the least of these, you did NOT do for me.”– Matthew 25:45
Anything less, is at its core, not Christian. And you will have to answer to Christ for turning your back.