Oh My God, NO! Part 2: What Do Progressives Do From Here?
So here we find ourselves, facing a President Trump with both chambers of Congress controlled by Republicans.
The question now is, how do we go forward? How can us progressives keep moving forward and keep fighting?
Here is my three part plan for how we not only keep fighting, but we win in a complete annihilation of anyone who stands in our way:
1.) Stay woke. News and politics is depressing right now, and it's really tempting to get away from it all. Now, I don't recommend only following politics, as that will make anyone insane, but stay aware of what's happening. Why is this important? Right now, the Democratic establishment is pushing Howard Dean, lobbyist for big pharma and ex-coworker with Newt Gingrich, to be the next head of the DNC. Right now, the Democratic establishment is pushing Tim Kaine for President in 2020.
Now, if that causes you to ask yourself, "What the fuck? Isn't this the shit that they pulled this year that led them to losing to Donald Trump? Why would they do that?" then that means you're an intelligent, clear-eyed person. The establishment, however, doesn't think that way: they think that they are blameless in this, and that they still have the right idea. After all, they've been doing this for forty years; at this point, it's all they know.
We have to fight the Democratic establishment so that they don't keep pulling this bullshit and so that we have a party for the people that can stand up to Republicans who will do their best to destroy the planet. Right now, Keith Ellison, with Bernie's blessing, is also running to be head of the DNC. They need our support to help Democrats save themselves.
This also includes activism. Pick an issue or two that you feel particularly passionate about, and fight for those on a regular basis on every level of government. Money in politics, climate change, LGBTQ rights, international peace and a whole bunch of other issues have strong activist movements within them. Join in with them and fight for the change you want to see.
2.) We populate Congress with progressives in 2018. Thankfully, every two years, we get the chance to remake our federal legislature in our image. We start now pushing for progressive House and Senate candidates who will fight for us, with emphasis on 'fight'. As in, not look to compromise and the first sign of a struggle. If the incumbent in your district is a true progressive, awesome good for you. If you don't (the vast majority of the country), then we have to defeat that incumbent, regardless of party affiliation. This isn't impossible; there is very recent precedent with the Tea Party in 2010. There's no reason why we can't do the same exact thing. Time to have our own Bizarro Tea Party.
3.) We pick a super strong progressive to run for President in 2020. Like Elizabeth Warren, for instance. Some are pushing for Tulsi Gabbard, another fine choice. Any strong progressive who runs a left-wing populist campaign will obliterate Trump from the universe, and you can count on that.
Voila, we have a progressive government in the span of only one Presidential term. Will there be resistance? Of course, but not quite as much as you think. Over half of the country actually align with Bernie's platform with regards to the different policy positions. People are thirsting for progressive policies; they just don't know it right now, because neither the Republicans or the establishment Democrats have offered them. They'll back someone who is willing to fight for progressive positions.
Don't give up my friends; if we put in the work to make the change that we want to see happen, we will win and we'll win faster than you think.
To that end, I'm going to announce that I will be using this blog to find out who the progressives are in Congress and relate what I find. How will I do this? I will go through their policy positions and cross-reference this with their donor lists and votes in office. I will do one Congressional Democrat every day starting tomorrow. I'll also make a video going over my findings and posting them. That way, we can know who we should support, who we should primary and be well informed in doing so.
That's all everyone! Remember: we will win!