Here is the message: Democrats, many Independents and disaffected Republicans are fed up with the current Trump administration, the do-nothing Republican Congress (except for lining the pockets of their big corporate donors) and to be fair Democrat congressional leadership who have been around too long and need to retire.
I have always thought, and my experience has confirmed that better decisions, solutions and political debate occurs when women hold an active part in determining legislative policies. Unfortunately, in today’s political climate women play a minority role from state and local government to the halls of Congress. Women are the majority in this country, yet when have you ever seen women hold anything close to a majority in your state legislature or either house in Congress? The answer is obvious. Never! That is about to change, and we will all be better for it.
The lessons of the 2017 elections reminded us of something the Party learned over 40 years ago. To rephrase a 1992 Clinton campaign adage “Its the grass-roots stupid”. Democrats win elections when they focus their efforts on grass-roots organization.
If you or someone you know has ever considered running for office, this is the year. You don’t need the approval of the county party. While many of these folks have labored in the trenches for years and are decent people, continuing to field the same old candidates with the same old message will result in the same old results. Nothing will change. We need new people of all races, ethnicities, ages, progressive causes and lifestyle preferences who will bring fresh ideas on public policy and governance. People who have the energy, commitment and passion to communicate them to our constituencies.
And it is high time the Republican Congress dealt with the source of this terrorism and stand up for the American people and against the National Rifle Association’s Wayne LaPierre, million dollar a year shill for the gun and ammunition manufacturers. Congress needs to reinstate the assault weapons ban, reinstate their recent revocation of the mental illness regulation, ban bump stocks, enact universal background checks and do something right for a change, instead of filing their reelection campaigns with the blood money offered by the gun lobby for their complicity.
No one expected George McGovern to win the presidential nomination in 1972. But he did. His victory left the party “establishment” in shock. How could a Democrat senator from the middle of nowhere walk away with a major party’s nomination for the presidency. Representing a state like South Dakota, a bastion of conservative Republican politics with four electoral votes, was unheard of.
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