A WINNING STREAK DOES NOT MEAN THE RIGHT IS DEAD
I haven’t seen American Progressives this happy since election night 2012. The midterm election of 2014 were a disaster for the Progressive cause but we all knew that it was yet another one of those moments of light and beauty for the Right that they would soon snuff out themselves. The reaction to the shooting of nine black parishoners in Charleston, South Carolina was so fast and so powerful that the Right, in the modern digital age, had only moments to try to distance itself from the tragedy despite being loosely connected.
Just a few moments ago, Lucy Pawle reporting for CNN said the ISIS flag was seen spotted during a Gay Pride parade in London. This will surely be fodder for the Right in America even though this wasn’t a sanction flag nor did the event take place in America. [It was also a practical joke on ISIS and the MSM fomented by some of our own activists in the UK! Look closely at the flag people. It is a shame that a journalist more interested in the scoop was not clear-minded enough to get the joke.–Pain] This is just a weak handhold for the Right to grasp as Progressives move forward. The game has changed in just five short years. Who would have thought the 5-4 SCOTUS decision that came down yesterday could have taken place, ever, had you asked an American ten years ago?
There is an election, I’ve heard about in 2016 that might be the last straw for the GOP as it exists today. Millions of conservatives, both social and fiscal, are utterly disillusioned with the GOP in 2015. The bottom line is they are tired of losing and the field of candidates on the Right is so lacking in the character they crave and insist are the values of the majority of Americans they would likely prefer to vote for a third party candidate who speaks their language–and means it.
Were I the head of the GOP I would be pushing for Scott Walker, who is likely the only GOP candidate that could beat either Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders. Walker might be the person, the only one I might add, that could pull the GOP back from the brink of self destruction undoing all the ground it has gained in state legislatures and governor’s mansions since 2000. Walker would have to work across the aisle and enlist the aid of some Progressives in Congress to bring about a new age in American politics. Doing so will surely alienate him to conservatives who want the whole burrito or nothing, making him a one term President.
In that four years of a Walker Administration America could for one last time see what the GOP would do if it had bot the White House and Congress for at least two years. The problem for the GOP is that those in the center are too few and those who vote in primaries are too homogeneous and too old. By 2025 when it is very likely Hillary Clinton will be leaving office after her second term the 59 to 84 year olds who are the GOP base will be 69 to 94 year olds and their numbers will have decreased by 17% through dying out. What does that mean for Progressives? It means we have to stay on message. We have to engage youth and have a clear understanding of what they want from government and what they will give to the nation. I have said many times that a girl who was 12 years old on the day that Barack Obama was elected President will be 20 on the day she votes for Hillary Clinton and will be 28 on the day Clinton leaves office after her second term. Progressives have the ability to speak to that girl and have been doing so since 2008. Progressives want her to have a graduate degree and be pursuing a fulfilling career by 2025; Conservatives only want her to be pregnant with her second child, living in a house with her husband and attending church regularly by that date.
Qu’ul cuda praedex nihil!
Sarah Bloch, D.S.V.J., J.F., O.Q.H [Jur.]
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