In light of the losses by Democrats and Progressives in Tuesday’s midterm election, it seems appropriate to sit back and take a good long look at where we are now at in this country, and the best way forward for those who want to see Progressive change in America.
First of all, let’s get this on the table and understand it: the reason so many Democrats lost is because they refused to tout their accomplishments if those achievements in any way tied them to President Obama. This was a huge and fatal mistake. Looking at the exit polls, it is evident that large portions of the Democratic base (especially minority voters) did not vote because Democratic candidates, with few exceptions, never made the case that larger forces were at work on behalf of the Republicans and that these monied interests were and are bent on repealing major portions of the President’s legacy, with health care reform being the most obvious of these. Additionally, Democrats should have loudly and repeatedly told voters that the GOP has only one real motive: to delegitimize the Obama presidency. Many Republicans do not even believe the President is an American! And these toxic beliefs are tied to the fact that the President is black. Republicans can deny this as vociferously as they wish, but their denials ring hollow in light of their comments and their actions over the past six years.
Secondly, we have to come to grips with what has become of the Republican Party. They are now a wholly-owned subsidiary of the multinational corporations that fund them. They have no ideas or plans beyond those that will in some way enlarge the bottom line of their corporate masters. They are shills, whores, for companies such as Koch Industries, Halliburton, and ExxonMobil. Yes, they protest loudly when Progressives make this claim, but have they actually done anything to prove it is false? Actions speak louder than words.
Lastly, it must be said that Progressive ideas are still extremely popular among Americans. Referendums on the minimum wage increase won overwhelming majorities in states as red and conservative as Arkansas! Marijuana legalization also brought out large numbers of voters and passed in every state where it was on the ballot. Does the GOP have any idea as universally popular as the minimum wage? No, and their corporate masters will not allow them to even acknowledge the rightness of giving the working poor a long-overdue raise.
Progressives have nothing to be ashamed of when looking at the results from Tuesday’s election. But we must be proud of our ideas and our cause to make this country a better place for all, not just a few. Otherwise, we are no better than the Republicans who seek to relegate us to the margins.
Let me know what you think in the comments section. We must work together and be united by our thoughts and beliefs. Together, we can accomplish anything we can dream of.