Solidarity is Green
Last week, US Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and a host of other representatives unveiled their plan to assist the US economy in addressing global warming, while attempting to boost the economy and establish fairness and justice in the meanwhile. Needless to say, hordes on the internet descended in condemnation, while a few others lifted the plan to glorious heights. Regardless of whether you agree with the actual written bill, it is a stirring plan to mobilize the left in solidarity and to invite the right along for the ride. In the battle against social and environmental justice, we will find the connection is deeply embedded, without a party or political affiliation. To solve any of the issues and bring about this justice, cross-party affiliation and cooperation will be required. The Green New Deal offers the Democrats a tremendous opportunity to build this solidarity, which is exactly why they need to buckle down, refine the bill, and pitch it perfectly.
To start, if Democrats can bargain their party to rally the Green New Deal with two other issues which have recently surfaced, they will hold a tremendous chance of not only winning elections, but of achieving goals most Americans hold dear: progress, fairness, and stability. First, Democrats need to tenaciously grasp Stacey Abram’s rallying call behind voting rights and equal status for all, especially those in marginalized communities. Holding firm to its principles of equality, tolerance, and inclusivity, this political position is not only broadly supported and crucial to democracy, but it is also transcendent, moving beyond political affiliation. Since voting rights are the core tenant of achieving democracy, putting it first and foremost as the policy guiding the party, Democrats can establish a cross-spectrum affinity of voters, a critical aspect of winning the Obama-turned-Trump crowd of 2016.
Furthermore, the liberal left needs to thoroughly embrace the progressive wing of the party’s crucial condemnation of Citizens United and money in politics. Once again, the issue is cross-party, and any libertarian who does not endorse its resolution as much as a liberal progressive is wholly misguided. AOC recently demonstrated this in a video that has since gone viral. Big money in politics has long plagued not only democracy, but even capitalism itself, leading to further corporatization, privatization, and monopolization of the economy, especially in sectors that should either be opened to more competition or those reserved for the commons. Either way, money influencing elections and thus policy, should be a partisan issue, with voters on all sides of the spectrum lining up to protest it.
Adding together voting rights that increase democratic participation with removing the influence of those who have too much already, the Democrats should attach their ideas to a third plan. For now, that either looks to be one of two deals which most polling shows Americans support in one form or another: Medicare for All or the Green New Deal. Regardless of which the left chooses to embrace — and of course, in my opinion, they should light the torch of both — they will need to do so through not only a lens of justice and fairness, but one of economic soundness, progress in humanity, and the role of the government in helping to assure our civil liberties, especially our freedom from as much as our freedom to, a critical distinction which Bernie Sanders laid out in his rebuttal to the State of the Union.
If democrats bestir the base behind this flag of a multi-layered platform based on justice, equality, and freedom, they will succeed in not only winning elections but of achieving actual progress for America. Put this together with a strong hand across the aisle and everyone wins. Solidarity is green.