President Obama sent out his army in 2007. I joined that army after I abandoned the Hillary Clinton campaign in February 2008. It was methodical, decidedly progressive, and relatable. Before it went into its micro-targeting mode, it used a broadcast method to soften up the entire field. It attracted voters in my very white, conservative suburb that managed to shock me.
Assuming that candidates who are in tune with the wants and needs of three-fifths of Americans are unelectable is not only wrong: it’s also lazy. That is the problem with our politics today. Too many ivory-tower, supposedly liberal pundits are distorting or articulating false narratives that tend to stick. As I mentioned in my article "A warning to the Democratic Party: You cannot win like this," the American people are already with us.
At least three-fifths of Americans support the following.
- A federally funded healthcare system that provides everyone with insurance.
- Unions should have the same or more influence than they have now.
- Limits on campaign spending.
- Support for renewable energy and climate change.
- Reproductive rights of women.
- LGBT rights.
- Higher minimum wage.
- Legalized marijuana.
- Free childcare.
- A path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants.
There is no need for rank-and-file Democrats to fear that the progressive wing of the Democratic Party will kill the Blue Wave. In fact, the opposite is true. The excitement is in the belief that we just may be at the point where real progressive policies can be realized after the current shift to policies that represent a clear and present danger to the personal economies of most Americans.
Just like NASA uses the gravitational field of other celestial bodies to slingshot probes in different directions and use its propulsion resources effectively, we must use the attacks from the right and anyone else to accentuate progressive positions and values. Those who oppose us will get all the media platforms they want in an attempt at marginalization. At times they will bring us to their appearances with the expectation to either put us on the defensive or to ridicule us.
As I explained in the post "The five issues Democrats and Progressives must push to win 2018 midterms," we must have a simple message at the tip of our tongues, ready to tell constituents what Democrats will do for them.
- Democrats will fix the health care issue once and for all with a single-payer Medicare for All system.
- Democrats will provide student loan relief.
- Democrats will provide need-based subsidized child care for anyone who wants to work.
- Democrats will decriminalize marijuana and treat drug use as the disease that it is.
- Democrats will make the criminal justice system live up to the "Justice is Blind" motto.
Those five bullet points expressed in different terms will work in every district in America. It appeals to millennials, people of color, all working class people, parents, and every demographic in between. Most importantly these bullet points afford Americans a path to self-sufficiency It frees them from aberrations in the economy that stunts innovation, the inability to start one's business, and the dependency and the enslavement to the corporation.
Every appearance in the media should segue to these points. It must be ubiquitous. Some will argue that we should include all the other major topics that we as progressives support: the environment, racial justice, women's right to choose, and dozens of others. But the reality is that most people support most of these issues by majorities or pluralities. We need a simple message that appeals quickly, cannot be easily demagogued, and can broaden a base. Politicians who support the five issues listed in bold above are all in with most of the progressive agenda.
Democrats must be prepared, and be aggressive. We must dialogue from a position of strength, and use our sound economic stance and the intrinsic morality of our positions to put all who oppose the progressive tenets Americans say they want on the defensive. Open the windows so America can see exactly who opposes progressivism. Then even the wards of the plutocracy, guardians of the mansion gate, will no longer be able to enter.