Yesterday offered additional proof that I have been right for years. I have been angry with Democrats for their inability to fight for the American people. Their rhetoric may be consistent, but their efforts lack the deep resolution needed to accomplish their goals. Democrats and Independents must move back to the left. Progressives must be in control of the party, and those who are ‘soft’ must retire and be replaced. The American people need more men and women to represent them with the dedication of Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Kirsten Gillibrand, and Kamala Harris. (Did you notice that Bernie Sanders is the only man in this group?)
Let’s be honest here and expose the failures of both parties.
Republicans are weak. They have no issues to offer the majority of the American people. To win elections they have learned tactics which have nothing to do with their ability to serve in Washington; they play upon emotions which are the primary weaknesses of human beings. They don’t care if what they say is truth or fiction as long as the crowd they are speaking to screams loudly.
Donald Trump’s campaign is a perfect example. Not once did he ever offer a positive and realistic solution for America’s problems. His poorly crafted speech encouraged hatred, violence and destruction. “We’re going to repeal and place Obamacare.” Never once did he say what he would do to replace the ACA. “We’re gonna build a wall, and Mexico will pay for it.” He never mentioned how we would solve the problem of nearly 12 million men, women, and children living in limbo. “We’re going to ban Muslims from entering our country.” This idiotic proposal did not relate to terrorism, it was simply bigoted. If this is how he believed that ISIS and Al Qaeda would be defeated, he is dumber than I thought he was. He actually aided these terrorist groups by assisting them in their recruitment efforts. And after five months in office, Trump has accomplished what he actually promised; nothing.
Democrats are afraid to tell the truth, and fight for their principles. They must follow the example of Bernie Sanders who received millions of followers in the 2016 election because he spoke the truth. Younger voters, who are now the majority, demand a courageous and honest man or woman to lead them.
Capitalism has failed the American people, but only Bernie and Elizabeth Warren are honest about the truth.
The entire Republican Party is owned and operated by the one-percent. Greed has destroyed democracy. Lobbyists have changed our nation forever and are mostly responsible for the oligarchy which exists today.
Bernie continues to be right; Democrats must move to the left and not just speak about representing the American people, they must fight for the majority with all of their energy and intellect. All Democrats must return to the ideals and principles of Franklin Roosevelt and John Kennedy. Being called a ‘leftist’ is an honor, and all Americans should wear that badge proudly.
Yesterday Jon Ossoff lost to Karen Handel not because she was the better candidate, the RNC played dirty politics to win. They attacked Ossoff with lies and misdirection; playing upon the weakness of voters once again. This was not a battle about issues, it was a fight for emotions.
The American people need men and women who will fight for them. We, the 99 percent, can take our country back. Polls prove that we support Obamacare, same-sex marriage, responsible legal residence for nearly 12 million men, women and children, fair taxation where the super-rich pay their fair share, free college education, sensible gun laws, and a woman’s right to choose what happens to her own body. We do not have lobbyists; we suffer from severe income inequality. Capitalism has failed, and Bernie’s idea of ‘democratic socialism’ is the answer.
Here’s a thought I had on November 9, 2016. If the Democratic ticket has been Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, they would have crushed Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin. Intelligent voters would have set records at the polls, and Sanders and Warren would have won by 20 million votes. They continue to refuse to ‘pussy foot’ about the issues and proudly support their progressive beliefs. Most importantly, they are right about the only way America can become a democracy once again.
I am proud that my principles are much farther to the left than most Democratic politicians. I believe in America and the Constitution; and will until the day I die. I will not bow to the prejudicial beliefs of the Republican Party and their illegitimate president.
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Op-ed by James Turnage
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