Prescription for DNCBy DUSTIN WHITLOCK,
A couple of weeks ago I drew a cartoon of Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, illustrating the weight of her brand upon the national party. The Democrat Party needs new leadership in Washington. And when 2020 comes around, the party needs to present a candidate of a new generation — a candidate with a connection to the future.
The party seems lost as to what its message is going to be. The leadership is not looking at the country and understanding what is driving people’s concerns. The issue is the same as it was when Bill Clinton was elected the first time. “It’s the economy, stupid.”
The number one, populist issue right now is the stability and strength of the US economy. People are afraid for America, afraid of the nation going bankrupt as we fly past 20 trillion in debt, and afraid that by 2025 the debt payments and Social Security will consume 100 percent of the budget. Trump harnessed the darker side of this America-first populism, blaming outside forces for our woes (ironic given the current news cycle that will only end when either Special Counsel clears the administration or this goes all the way to impeachment and beyond). America should be first. There is nothing wrong with that being the top priority. I still am not seeing America-first in action.
The Democrats need to pick up the ball on an economic message. Democrats need to own a message on removing loopholes from the tax code, introducing a small consumption tax of 2 percent and taking advantage of the gained revenue to lower income taxes on the first $50k one earns annually. Dems could champion the libertarian proposal of a Universal Basic Income that I talked about a couple of weeks ago. If Dems want to sell a universal health care system, they have to sell it as an economic message instead of an emotional argument. Dems need to talk about how a universal healthcare system would bring manufacturing jobs back because it would alleviate the pressure on companies to cover the health insurance of their employees.
Currently Dems only hold control over both Houses of Congress and the governorship in six states. Republicans have full control in 25 states. The cards can be cut a dozen different ways here. The statistics show a party that is in the minority despite gaining three million more votes for their Presidential candidate over the Republican (Dems should have moved on returning the nation to a first/second place presidential system when they had full control of Congress and the White House).
I believe what has put the Democrat party into this decline are the reliance upon emotional arguments rather than economic arguments, and the reliance on identity politics which are driven upon dividing people into groups (to be mobilized as a unit or a machine). The Democrat platform needs to be a platform built on searching for common ground and uniting a coalition (in spite of minor cultural differences).
Instead of talking about global warming and attempting to drum up fear; the party should move on to promoting green energy engineering innovations with updraft towers or vertical wind turbines. Solutions are what people want to hear whether one is a Republican, Democrat, or independent.