Still making the case for Hope and Change.
By: M. Kim
The irony is not lost on me. That at a time when written dissent is more important than ever, I am facing the most peculiar case of writer’s block, that I have ever encountered. I find myself unable to write, because there is just too much to write about. There seems to be a lingering sense of doom. As if we are headed towards an iceberg, that people can see, but refuse to recognize.
Take the news. I know that the media is being hit by this administration, like a ton of bricks. But collectively speaking, no one seems to realize how misinformed they sound, when they choose to describe the rise in Progressive activism, as the “Democratic Tea Party”. They don’t seem to understand that there is nothing new about the discontent in the Democratic Party. Progressives have been knocking on doors for years. Only to find that formerly friendly listeners were off hibernating, to President Obama’s projected calm. Donald Trump’s election was just the wake-up call.
Indeed, Democrats are finally starting to understand, what the world has already figured out. That good government is rare. That politics is not always sensible. And that the President is not a father figure, but a man. And in the case of #45, a man who openly lies, regardless of the chaos he causes his constituents.
Talking to Democrats, and Progressives, you feel the anger. But as much as it’s about Trump, it’s almost as equally about Party leadership. How Democratic Party values, don’t seem to coincide, with Party reality. Liberals are angry about the fact that they are not being listened too. They understand that this election was less about disenfranchised rural voters coming out; and more about disenfranchised Democrats staying home.
Everyone is tired of the same old thing. So, when talking heads proclaim “the sixty-four-thousand-dollar question is, will this new activism find an issue to rally around?” Cue the laughter. Because the issue to rally around was the same one, everyone rallied around before; CHANGE. The real sixty-four-thousand-dollar question is; who are the right vessels?
That’s right, all that “hopey, changey stuff” still matters. The real difference between the Woke as F*** political activism you see on the streets now, and the Tea Party, is that Progressives are determined to do angry better. Because Progressives understand that anger, for anger’s sake is not the endgame.
Yes, they want Trump to get the full court press; of this there is no doubt. But they also want to re-build the party. With candidates who understand what voters want; real change. Whether it’s getting money out of politics, or getting congressional term limits. Business as usual, is no longer cutting it with a base that is tired, of lip service. Hope and Change may seem like four lifetimes away, but they’re not. There are still state elections to be won, and Progressive candidates to empower.
Below is a list of House Republicans in districts that went blue. Go to their town halls. If they don’t respond, if they don’t believe in change, run for their seats. Or find someone who can.
Republicans Districts that went for HRC:
Martha McSally- (AZ-2)
Jeff Denham (CA-10)
David Valadoo (CA-21)
Steve Knight (CA-25)
Ed Royce (CA-39)
Mimi Walters (CA-45)
Dana Rohrabacher (CA-48)
Darrell Issa (CA-49)
Mike Coffman (CO-6)
Carlos Curbelo (FL-26)
Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (FL-27)
Peter Roskam (IL-6)
Kevin Yoder (KS-6)
Erik Paulson (MN-3)
Leonard Lance (NJ-7)
John Katko (NY-24)
Ryan Costello (PA-6)
Pat Meehan (PA-7)
Will Hurd (TX-23)
Pete Sessions (TX-32)
John Culberson (TX-7)
Barbara Comstock (VA-10)
Dave Reichert (WA-8)
For more information on this list, check out Daily Kos.
For more information on how you can help, or request help in making your district blue. Check out the Sister District Project, a grassroots volunteer network. Which focuses blue resources into red areas, with winnable races.
If your main interest is getting money out of politics, check out Justice Democrats. Brain child of The Young Turks founder Cenk Ugyur. The organization exists to find candidates willing to stand up to corporate donors.