We have a temperamental child as president, surrounded by combinations of spineless yes-men and people far more evil and cunning simply waiting for their moment. All around our nation we watch governors, representatives, and senators at state and national levels running on a republican platform that generates election day wins while pursuing policies that harm the very people who cast votes their way. People look at elections as choosing a candidate who is the lessor of the evils presented. Communication of the democratic stance of inclusion, education, healthcare, and progressiveness is failing. Attacking and demonizing this stance for decades within republican leaning media is a strategy that has worked perfectly.
Do we need something new, someone new? Do we need someone who was born here, raised here, lives here, works here, raises a family here, plays here, balances a checkbook here, knows what “here” is? Here is where ever you live, work, and play. It is where ever is important to you. Someone is anyone with the right mindset, heart, and motivation. I argue strongly to the yes side of the questions.
That someone must understand republican voters are not a passing fad. These are people with real concerns, real fears, real hopes, and a real voice. Almost sixty-three million people aren’t all evil or ignorant or even necessarily wrong. We cannot think that way because it is not accurate. These people view democrats who do not listen to them and take them seriously as either “stupid libtards” or “educated elitists” neither of which understand them and their points of view. They must see someone who is a member of their community, whose children play alongside theirs, who they passed in the office or at the job site, stand up and present democratic ideology in ways that speak to them. Someone seen as a “good guy/gal” associating the pieces of a progressive platform with a face of someone to which they can relate.
I’m not suggesting for a moment we are to agree with white supremacists, climate change deniers, those in favor of censoring speech and press, or any horrible behavior we see emanating from the top today. I’m suggesting they are a minority within the republican ranks and that there is a majority out there waiting on motivation and leadership to something better than the lessor of the evils each election day.
Leadership cannot be in the form of incessant spouting of facts. It cannot be through name calling or shouting “you’re wrong” until blue in the face. This won’t happen through millionaire business people, lawyers rattling legalese, or unknown entrepreneurs putting up a temporary address within the district or state. Needed is someone who understands the local level and can learn how it applies to state and national challenges and opportunities. It must also be someone who shuns PAC and SuperPAC money, choosing roots in local, personal, investment into the candidacy.
Democrats have the right ideas. People must feel safe in obtaining healthcare with no risk of financial ruin. People can understand that automation, not immigration has caused a shift in jobs. They must then know that training and education to move into these now automated worlds is available to them. Everyone is capable of understanding how changes to renewable resources can createhundreds of thousands (millions more likely) of jobs manufacturing, installing, and maintaining these solar, wind, and tidal energy sources. The general population is aware the world is becoming ever smaller and there is no reason to not engage all nations and cultures in making the world as a whole a better place.
The same old rhetoric and arguments have failed for years now and will continue to do so. We must stand up new candidates with strong ties to community along with a good mind to state, national, and global success. Our local, state, and national Democratic party offices must stand ready to support those who volunteer to this task.