Hope rests not with conventional strategies but with adopting a clear agenda that includes but is not limited to Medicare for all, a guaranteed basic income for all people, affordable housing, strengthening Social Security, student loan debt forgiveness, free college tuition and an aggressive response by our government to global warming. All these initiatives are genuinely possible despite the claims of some establishment Democrats, such as U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein.
Will the United States continue to be governed by an authoritarian and anti-democratic narcissist surrounded by unqualified sycophants and opportunists or will it elect decisive Democratic Party majorities in the House and Senate that will provide desperately needed checks and balances on President Donald Trump’s chaotic tyranny?
The corporate media, sustained for years by advertisements filled with falsehoods and misinformation, fuels the breathless drama of their own creation. The inane talking-head cable shows with overwrought commentary spliced between crass commercialistic harangues have lowered the political discourse in this country as much as anything else and that includes reductionist social media.
But many California Democrats know the resistance to Trump begins in their state and, frankly, doesn’t include their senior U.S. Senator. Republicans here will not be as motivated to vote as Democrats in the 2018 elections. It’s way too early to declare Feinstein the winner just because she has more money than any other candidate she can use to buy herself another victory.
These issues are not listed in order of importance but universal health care, a major hike in wages, free college tuition, student loan forgiveness, the protection and strengthening of government programs such as Social Security and Medicare, decent housing for all people, equality for all people, large tax increases on the wealthy and the rigorous implementation of environmental protection are some of what the American left needs to embrace if it wants to stay relevant.