It is indeed a breath of fresh air to finally hear a Democratic lawmaker call a spade a spade in terms of the party and its brand.
However, in the interest of calling a spade a spade, the “programs that keep our cities safe and grow the economy” have failed miserably. Do you believe that sanctuary cities “keep our cities safe”? These are cities where illegal immigrants, including quite a few criminals among them, are allowed to roam freely, fully flaunting American law while they do.
Do you believe that Obama’s economic policies “grow the economy”? During Obama’s 8 years, the US missed an entire business cycle. A business cycle runs from the beginning of one recession to the beginning of the next, or end of one recession to the end of the next. And it usually lasts between 7 and 9 years. Obama took office at what should have been the end of a recession. Yet, there was never really an economic boom in the eight years that ensued, and there was even a very brief “double-dip” to the recession in the middle of his term. Rather, the economy has picked up only in the past year or so, when traders and businesses were able to look forward to the post-Obama era.
“While some in America are prospering, huge swaths of our country lack basic economic security in a changing global economy and are desperate for solutions to existential problems.” This same sentence was equally true in 2009. And in all the time since then.
So let’s call a spade a spade. The Democratic Party is a “toxic brand”. Bravo. But the reason it is a toxic brand is that it continues to champion policies that don’t work, and that threaten to keep the American economy and the safety of American cities at the low levels that threaten the livelihoods of so many Americans.