Revitalizing The Democratic Party
So much of the focus on AMT these days is on Trump and the Republican Party-- and for good reason!-- but I also think it would be helpful to talk more about the Democratic party and how to revitalize that party.
As I see it, here's what it all boils down to these days:
-Trump has made a mockery of the presidency and a joke out of his party- at least those who continue to follow him.
-As a result, a lot of people are prediction a big blue wave in the next election cycle.
-If this blue wave does not occur, a lot of people believe (and I think for good reason) we will be up something worse than shit creek.
-To make the blue wave happen and be successful, lasting, meaningful and truly progressive in the best sense of the word, the democratic party needs good, solid leadership and candidates worthy of our support.
I've been critical of the democratic party in these pages plenty of time, and I believe justifiably so, but what we've seen become of the Republican party has amounted a constituency willing to support a good number of elected officials who are often widely described as racist, homophobic, xenophobic, misogynist, jingoistic, thugs, Bible thumpers who have little or no moral or spiritual character, or any combination of those traits.
I'm more of a Green Party kind of guy myself and I hope we see more Green Party elected officials in the future but right now, flawed though many Democratic politicians may be, we need to make the blue wave a reality and give the Republican party a big time out and hope they get their collective asses back on track by making an effort to give a damn about the planet that sustains them and learn to be more respectful of their fellow humans (and if you question that last statement, tell me how so many people can support the recent kidnapping and trafficking of children of people trying to seek refuge from South America?). And yes, I would like to see the Republican Party eventually emerge as a body that truly wants to end injustice, favors peace, strives to end hatred, reverse ecological collapse and the dying of the oceans and so forth, but that day is a long, long way off.
So, I would like to suggest we start talking about the democratic candidates we believe show the greatest interested in things like taking better care of the planet that sustains us, working to end racism, demanding equal pay for women, focusing more on peace than on war, challenging and working to reduce sexism, homophobia, xenophobia and so forth- in other words, true progressives.
Who are they, how can we support them, what should we do to encourage them to represent us well and fairly?
"We are cruelly trapped between what we would like to be and what we actually are."
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