Democrats didn’t lose the Election. Hillary did.
Looking back at the Presidential Election of 2016, and in light of all the shenanigans of the Trump Administration presently, one thought comes clearly into focus. The Democrats didn’t lose the Election. Hillary did. Democratic Party ideals are still where they need to be, but the Party struggles due to poor leadership and horrid messaging during the last Election.
As pointed out by Joan Williams on November 10th, 2016 in the Harvard Business Review, Hillary Clinton and her platform failed to account for what they do not understand about the Working Class, aka the middle Middle Class. The very reasons that Bernie Sanders resonated with so many middle-class Millennials as well as diverse Progressive independent-voters was completely missed by Secretary Clinton.
The Diversity of the Hillary Democrats seemed to be solely based upon a person’s ethnicity or gender, and not about working-class people of different backgrounds. The working-class are the very group that had been the foundation of the Democratic Party for decades. Whether or not it was her intention, this perceived omission of standing for working middle-class American families and only catering to various factions within the Party, led to the election of Donald Trump as our 45th President.
The lesson to learn in my opinion, is for the Democrats to turn the Party more toward the side of the Progressives who align with Bernie Sanders. They need to move the Party to take a much more Progressive stance on several key issues.
The Democratic Party needs to:
- Work for a single-payer healthcare system, and take the profits out of medicine (your health is a right, not a privilege).
- Ensure that proper regulations govern financial institutions and financial professionals, ensuring that they are working for the greatest benefit of their customers and not for themselves or a 3rd party.
- Enact regulations to curtail carbon emissions & hold to the Paris Agreement signed by Barack Obama, as well as fully aid the efforts to bring about a Renewable Energy revolution (and in turn, spawn tens of millions of jobs).
- Bring about a living wage rather than a minimum wage by providing incentives for businesses and issuing regulations.
- To spur growth in American Manufacturing within emerging markets where we can be competitive, and then to keep the jobs here through incentives & strict regulations.
…OF the people, BY the people, and FOR the people…
UPDATE June 3rd, 2017 – Democrats are Now Endorsing Single-Payer Healthcare System