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Republicans have their hopes up. The 2014 midterm election is a good chance for them to take the U.S. Senate and gain seats in the U.S. House. It does not matter that they spent the last 4 years since they took over the U.S. House, doing practically nothing but blocking Democratic efforts to serve the American people, more Democrat seats are up for grabs and the GOP is grabbing.

However, Democrats do not have to take it lying down. There are issues that Americans care about and that the Democratic Party cares about, that can turn the election around in the Democratic Party's favor.

1. Minimum Wage Increase

A large majority of Americans, including many Republicans, support a raise in the minimum wage. This would put some extra money into the hands of low-wage workers, which in turn would help spur the economy because low-wage workers will spend more.

Nothing motivates people like more money in their pocketbooks. Many Americans are pessimistic about the economy because, though the wealthy are raking in an enormous amount of wealth, the middle-class and the poor are still in a rut when it comes to their finances. This is because all the wealth that the economy is producing is going to those of higher incomes. Look at how well the stock market has done in the last few years, yet wages for the average worker is stagnant.

Republican legislators are refusing to budge on any legislation to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour as proposed by President Obama and Democrat lawmakers. They will not even negotiate when it comes to raising the minimum wage, no matter how popular it is with Americans. Republicans claim it will cost jobs and hurt the economy, which is the same excuse they always use when it comes to helping anyone but the wealthy.

Democrats need to drive this home to the American people that Republicans are standing in the way of helping low paid workers. Let low-wage workers know that if they will get out, vote in droves this November, and help Democrats keep the Senate and even gain some seats to secure a super majority, perhaps even give Democrats back control of the U.S. House, it will be a top priority to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour for the Democratic Party.

2. Women's Issues

Women make up more than half of the population of the United States. The GOP is very vulnerable when it comes to issues that are important to women. Republicans legislators across the country think they have a right to tell women what they can or cannot do with their own bodies when it comes to abortion. Many also think that women do not deserve to have a right to be paid the same as men do in the very same jobs. Republican men in our Congress and in state houses across the country think they know better what is good for women than women do for themselves.

Democrats can do much by reminding women voters just what happened in 2010 when Republicans took control of state houses and governor seats all across the country. Anti-abortion legislation went up tremendously, as Republicans pushed their real agenda, instead of their promises to create jobs and fix the economy. It is now much harder for women in many states even to get abortions, thanks to the closing of abortion clinics and other restrictions. Because many of those clinics also provided an array of procedures and exams for women who cannot afford it, services concerning women's health have also been curtailed.

3. Immigration Reform

Immigration reform is an important issue among Hispanic voters in this country. Repeatedly, this issue has been put on the backburner and nothing has moved forward, thanks to Republican obstruction in Congress. All the while, families have been broken up, thanks to an increase in deportations by the Obama administration. The president has done his part as far as enforcement is concerned, in hopes to move Republicans toward legislation to offer hard-working, law-abiding undocumented workers a path to citizenship, but Republicans have not gave back in kind with voting on an immigration reform bill.

Republicans know how important this issue is to an ever-growing population of Latinos, who someday will be the largest voting bloc in America. Instead, they have opted to listen to their base by continuing to refuse to move legislation forward that would not only help secure the borders but finally allow undocumented workers who have been here a long time, a chance to come out of the shadows and become taxpayers and eventually citizens.

The truth is, if the GOP does not adopt a platform that is more welcoming to the Latino community soon, it can forget about ever gaining momentum to control government in the future.

4. Marijuana Legalization

The legalization of pot is a big motivator for the young. Our government spends an excessive amount of taxpayer dollars arresting, prosecuting and locking up non-violent drug offenders. Young people see a huge hypocrisy over marijuana being illegal while the legal drug of alcohol does so much damage to our nation as a whole, from alcohol abuse, drunk driving and the domestic violence that is so often associated with alcohol.

States that manage to get a bill on the ballot to legalize marijuana can count on a much larger turnout of young voters, and therefore more Democratic votes, even if the ballots are not likely to pass. Democrats in states should work to find ways to get marijuana legalization on this November ballot, then stand back and watch the rush of young voters to the polls.

5. Republican Control of Congress

The very idea that Republicans will control Congress again, as they did during a huge portion of George W. Bush's presidency, should send chills up likely Democratic voters' spines. I know it does mine. If Republicans - not only in the U.S. Congress but also in state houses across the country - manage to pull off another takeover of our government, they will do what they always consistently do. Just to name a few; more voter I.D. laws, anti-abortion legislation, tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires, cuts to social programs like Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security, deregulation of polluting industries and the banking industry.

Just because Democrats voters have a tendency to sit out midterm elections, opens the door wide for Republicans to motivate their voters and win big, as they did in 2010. The losers will be women, Hispanics, gays, low-wage workers and the middle-class. Our only protections from complete despair will the president and his veto pen.

It reminds me of the 1994 midterm election, when again Democrat voters were asleep at the wheel, during the Clinton administration, when Newt Gingrich became House Speaker because Democrats lost control of the House of Representatives. Newt introduced the "Contract with America", which I fondly liked calling the "Contract against America", that would have done away with the EPA, cut taxes for the wealthy while at the same time, cutting social programs for everyone else. It was only thanks to the veto pen of President Bill Clinton that Republicans did not get their way then.

Democrats have all the tools they need to get out there and let likely Democratic voters know just how important this midterm election is and motivate those voters to show up at the polls in record numbers. Perhaps we can head Republicans off at the pass from overtaking our government again and implementing legislation that will deepen the hurt most Americans are already feeling, thanks to the control Republicans already have over the House and their big enough minority in the Senate to block legislation.

If we fail to keep the GOP at least at bay this midterm election, average Americans will feel the pain, right down to the bone.

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  •  Yes that and work our asses off in GOTV. (5+ / 0-)

    The election is only five months away.

    Is everyone already working with their county democratic party to GOTV?

    The highest form of spiritual practice is self observation with compassion.

    by NCJim on Thu May 29, 2014 at 08:52:34 AM PDT

  •  It absolutely floors me... (3+ / 0-)
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    fidlerten, jan4insight, FarWestGirl

    ...that there are Dem voters who'd need to hear anything more than "2010" to remind them of the hazards of sitting out midterms.

    But maybe that's just me.

  •  6: Throw some bankers in jail (5+ / 0-)

    7: Roll back the Police State and rebuild our civil rights

    "The oppressors most powerful weapon is the mind of the oppressed." - Stephen Biko

    by gjohnsit on Thu May 29, 2014 at 09:02:14 AM PDT

  •  I Thought The Democrat's Notion Of The (1+ / 0-)
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    2014 elections was "What Me Worry?"

    Gonna keep the Senate.  No problem

    Have the Whitehouse.

    Couldn't change the House anyway.

    No worries.

    "I think that gay marriage is something that should be between a man and a woman.” - Arnold Schwarzenegger 2003

    by kerplunk on Thu May 29, 2014 at 10:39:11 AM PDT

  •  Feel free to "steal" these images (3+ / 0-)
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    and share them far & wide on all forms of social media, from telephone poles to twitter:
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    They vote 2014 - are you!
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    twitter If You Don't Vote

    You're welcome.

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    by jan4insight on Thu May 29, 2014 at 11:17:52 AM PDT

  •  on addition, they need to not forget (1+ / 0-)
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    7. organize local turnout at the block and precinct level, by walking precincts, GOTV phone calls, driving voters to the polls, etc.

    there is no substitute for shoe leather in elections.

  •  Not all Democrats agree with you on immigration (1+ / 0-)
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    ...allow undocumented workers who have been here a long time, a chance to come out of the shadows and become taxpayers and eventually citizens.
    By "a long time" I assume you mean since 1986 which is when the last amnesty was given by President Reagan. Millions of people have come here since then, motivated by better life and public policy that facilitates employers taking advantage of low wages and/or fewer restrictions in foreign countries. For instance, it's easy for construction bosses and yard work companies to refuse follow OSHA rules and to pay Social Security, Workers Compensation and Unemployment taxes for their employees because undocumented people from other countries will not push for employer fairness. The 1986 act originally had tough sanctions on employers, but those were stripped out of the bill for passage.

    Some Democrats believe that giving amnesty was a mistake that encouraged millions more to break the rules. While most of us care about other people, we'd prefer to encourage workers rights in other countries rather than lose what we've built here. Although it's good to support those who have come here trying to make a better life for themselves, they may not be a priority over people still struggling in their country of origin. Prioritizing undocumented immigrants over all other potential immigrants is just not fair, nor is it good public policy if it inspires others to break the rules.

    I know a lot of Independents who agree with Democratic policies but who recognize that open borders, or a de facto open policy, undermines workers rights and fair pay not just here but in foreign countries as well. This issue will lose the Democrats a lot of votes once H1B visa limits are removed and professional liberals face competition from millions of tech workers across the world.  

    •  Those undocumented workers (1+ / 0-)
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      who don't dare complain or even try to hold employers to current law are what is pressuring wages down. If they didn't have to fear deportation they would not undercut workers born here.

      The number of immigration slots for people from Mexico and Central America is so low that if you didn't have family here to come here legally you would have to be on a waiting list for 15 years if you are from Mexico.

      I'm asking you to believe. Not in my ability to bring about real change in Washington ... *I'm asking you to believe in yours.* Barack Obama

      by samddobermann on Sat May 31, 2014 at 03:59:54 AM PDT

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  •  Republicans (1+ / 0-)
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    Want you dead.No food stamps for the poor,No money for our Vets.Get rid of the ACA so you get sick and die fast.No Gun laws to protect our kids.Do I need to go on.

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