Claire McCaskill and “Sour Grapes?”


Outgoing Democratic Senator from Missouri, Claire McCaskill, not only ran a poor campaign on November 6th, she is proving that she doesn’t recognize the fact that her party is changing. Liberals are making a comeback. We are tired of Democrats moving further to the right where nothing gets done which positively affects the majority.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is the 29-year-old incoming Representative from New York. She has quickly become the face of a renewed Democratic Party.

In an interview with CNN, McCaskill admitted, “I’m a little confused why she’s the thing,” after admitting she didn’t know Ocasio-Cortez when asked if the self-proclaimed democratic socialist was a “crazy Democrat” like the ones she warned about during the 2018 campaign trail. McCaskill did say the 29-year-old was a “good example” of a “bright shiny new object” that came out of nowhere and surprised people when she beat a very experienced congressman.

I can explain it all to the 65-year-old McCaskill; if she’ll listen.

For decades Republicans have dominated our nation’s political atmosphere; and Democrats have allowed this to happen. When Republicans attacked the term; liberal; Democrats in Washington defended themselves instead of being proud about what that means. Liberals place people before profit, denounce racism and bigotry, and support the Constitution; every word of it.  We want change.

The average age of all Americans is 37.8 years-of-age. McCaskill is far too old to relate to most Americans. The largest voting bloc in America belongs to millennials. Most millennials support the elimination of capitalism and installing a new form of government; democratic socialism. The one-percent has benefited from capitalism, while the working class has found their wages stagnant, and their quality of life diminishing.

Millennials denounce racism, support the LGBTQ community, believe that higher education should be free or at least affordable, consider women equal in every way, demand universal healthcare, and for the most part reject organized religion.

On November 6th America experienced a ‘pink wave.’ Women were the force behind registering voters and then encouraging them to go to the polls. On January 3, 2019 nearly 100 women will be sworn into the 116th congress.

Over the next decade our nation’s government will become younger and more female. Old, white men including Mitch McConnell, Chuck Grassley, John Cornyn, and many others must get out of the way; their time is up. They have caused enough harm to our nation.

The Truth Lives Here

Op-ed by this “Wise Old Fart,” James Turnage


Photo courtesy of Claire McCaskill

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