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Together We March: It is About Getting elected and Then Getting Elected
I recall when Joe Lieberman ran as an independent after the Democrats had left him to his own devices and actually left him to sink or swim; after being with them for a long time! One of the things about Democrats is that we are inherently opportunists and our need for progressivism makes us jump wagons faster than I used to jump subways to avoid paying when I was a kid. The problem with progressive band-wagons is that we fail to establish a strong tradition and we fail to create a legacy that would facilitate what posterity will look up to. Professor Ken Sherrill, now retired from Hunter College, once said that the purpose of politics is getting elected and then after get elected again. As much as the Democrats are a party of “progressives” we fail to realize that in the end it is about elections and getting as many people who are progressive into the institutions that actually structure our lives.
Obviously this is in reference to Barack Obama: we should not allow his election or the subsequent representation of the greatest democrat ideals to be indicative of his race. We should be more practical and try to unite democrats under one banner and practically take this opportunity to take the nation ideologically and practically to a different level. It has always been my understanding that the American presidency is not just an office; it is the closest thing to God on earth and who ever occupies that office needs to understand that they have the power to change the world in four years; how they decide to change the world is up to the level of accountability that we hold them to. For me it wasn’t so much that this year we could have seen a female or black president, but the fact that the societal excitement of actually seeing that happen will obscure us from actually doing the work that we are supposed to be doing. Remember, there are still elections after Barack!!!!!!
It is obviously difficult to put our excitement in the jar as Barack has been said to represent many Americans. However, we need to also have what I would consider practical idealism; where we understand that we have reached the pinnacle of progressivism in the United States but also not forget that politics like anything else is about winning and we should undeniably pursue that. With a democratic president, it would not be stingy for us to make sure that we have a significant weight in both houses of congress; it will simply be politics!!! Election, elections!!
In addition, we should be looking to the future because we need to get a lot from the four years what we couldn’t get in the 8 years of Clinton. We can’t in any shape or form actually settle; for being content will lead to extinction!!! We should work with a view to the future because what happens in the next four years will structure what happens to the Democratic Party; we either build presences in American politics or we simply just continue debating to death. We should champion pragmatism as well as getting tangible results tangible results; idealism is what leads us to make giant achievements and pragmatism is what allows us to stay there!! This way we can amass enough credibility to win the next elections!!!