The Road Ahead

First of all, we need to sit back, relax and think about what we have to do next. I’m smelling burnout in many circles, and it’s still two months and five days before Trump is even inaugurated. And make no mistake; he will be inaugurated. I understand why some people harbor fantasies in which something happens to prevent that from happening, but most of those fantasies are that for a reason. The only possible thing that could happen to change the outcome of the election would be a recount, and the possibility of even that working is rather slim. As for the other fantasies, well…

  • He’s not going to be impeached by a House being run by Paul Ryan and the GOP. Shit, people; they let him be nominated even though he’s a proven crook and very possibly a rapist and pedophile. Besides, given that Mike Pence is likely to be the de facto president, anyway, what would be the point?
  • You would need at least 20 electors to jump ship and vote Hillary. In the entire 230-year history of the electoral college, only 32 electors have ever NOT voted for the winner in their state. The last one was in 2000, when one elector from Washington, DC left her ballot blank in protest of DC’s taxation without representation status. She didn’t vote for Bush, she just didn’t vote for Gore, either. Given that electors are chosen by the respective parties and tend to be lifetime party faithful, expecting 20 to jump ship to the GOP’s most hated woman is a tad unrealistic. Impossible? No, but neither is expecting Sasquatch to run through the middle of Manhattan, either.
  • At this point, if you’re expecting one of the numerous trials he is facing to spell his doom, I might remind you that we have known some nasty shit about him for quite a long while and it didn’t stop him so far. Really; if you haven’t figured out that the Republican Party has no moral center and it has no standards by now, then I wonder why you think a deposition in a child rape trial or a demand that he compensate the people he screwed with Trump University would suddenly buy them a conscience. For chrissakes, people, a supposedly devout Mormon congressman from Utah even said his vote for Trump was not an endorsement. The GOP has no spine and no conscience.

Does that mean there is nothing we can do? Of course not. However, it does mean we have to work smarter than we have in the past.

We have to keep a few things in mind.

  • First off, it is very obvious that Donald Trump does not want to be president. He wanted to win because he puts great stock in winning, but since he won, every appearance has shown him to be scared to death. He is obviously in over his head, so we need to keep the pressure on. Trump cannot stand looking bad; look at how he reacts to even the most basic slights on Twitter. Anything negative and he immediately goes into defensive mode. We have to keep him on the defensive at all times. if you think about it, that strategy worked pretty well on Bush. Think about what happened when he was confronted by demands that he work with other Republicans to establish a Medicare drug benefit. Yes, they did it stupidly, but they did do it. And many of their fantasies never came true.
  • Donald Trump also thinks the president is basically the CEO of the country. We have to constantly remind him that HE works for US, not the other way around. He is not our boss and the president is the ultimate public servant. We can’t stop at preventing him from doing all the horrible shit he promised during the campaign. We have to also remind everyone that he is not an “outsider,” but a Republican, and everything he and the Republican Congress do should be seen as something the entire Republican Party is responsible for.
  • Democrats are not in charge of anything right now, so those “progressives” who try to claim that “both parties are the same” or other such nonsense need to shift their focus. For the next two years, everything is on the GOP. EVERYTHING. The economy will have problems. Job creation will not improve. The stock market will drop. The deficit will explode. And we have to spend all of our time go after the Republican Party for that. That means the entire party and their ideology. Especially the ideology.

In short, we have to make sure Democrats sweep everything in 2018 and beyond. it is our only chance to save this country. It’s time we stopped being against every goddamn thing and start championing something and someone. We’re liberals and progressives; we’re supposed to be the good guys. As good guys in white hats, one of our key duties is to defeat the bad guys in the black hats. And get rid of them for good. It’s the only way to save the town. This is a crucial time. In fact, 2016 was a crucial time, and we blew it. I can’t get a single so-called “progressive” to tell me what the hell was wrong with Hillary Clinton, at least not in rational terms. And we can’t afford to target Blue Dogs anymore, either. in 2018, we have to take back Congress by as wide a margin as possible and we have to start flipping state governments. By 2020, Democrats have to take the White House, keep Congress and take control of even more state governments; as many as possible. We also have to increase Democratic control in 2022, which is only six years away, because because 2021-2022 is when congressional district boundaries will be written. You don’t get to whine about “gerrymandering” fro a decade and then allow Republicans to control everything during that crucial time.

Besides, whining about “Blue Dogs” is stupid as shit when all of the Blue Dogs “purged” were replaced by teabaggers. Blue Dogs aren’t perfect, but they sure as shit vote with Democrats a lot more than teabaggers. In reality, when the Blue Dogs were in, virtually every House and Senate Committee was headed by a progressive Democrat. Now…

We have two years to champion the Democratic Party and make it impossible for the GOP to win. We have to go after Trump, not as “Trump,” but as a REPUBLICAN. It’s time to once again make the GOP poison to the electorate. And make no mistake, that task is not the responsibility of “the Democrats.” First of all, if you call yourself “progressive” and you are not working WITH the Democratic Party, you are a “PINO” (Progressive In Name Only). It is all of our responsibility to make sure Democrats get elected. No more will the professional left be able to call out “the Democrats” as a way to escape their own responsibility. No one who gives the GOP a pass and trashes Dems should be able to go unscathed any longer. It’s time to end the neocon era once and for all and that requires all liberals be on the same goddamn side. Most of us already are.