Liberals are constantly talking about “The Blue Wave” nowadays. The wave of Progressive Democrats that supposedly will take back the Senate and House this fall is right up there with hopes that the Muller probe will indite Trump and bring an end to all this craziness once and for all.
But don’t bet on it.
Face it, the one thing that Democrats are better at than standing up for the little guy is losing elections. Sure, after six horrible years when G. W. Bush and company controlled the White House and Congress, Dems rallied to take back congress in ’06 and then voted Obama to victory in ’08. And then what did they do? Well, the progressive base of the party, quite frankly, took a nap and didn’t wake up until after the defeat of ’16.
Now, we progressives are mobilized, energized and spoiling for a fight! We’re raising money, raising awareness, and making the news. But we’re kidding ourselves if we think it’s going to be a cakewalk to Washington. The GOP has spent the last eight years winning elections and rigging the game with the power they’ve won. Voter suppression laws work. Gerrymandering works. Fox News propaganda works. And incumbents have an inherent advantage in any election anyway. Oh, and they’ve seen this “Blue Wave” coming and have already built an impressive dike against it.
So, it that it? Should Progressive Liberals just go home and give up?
Folks, this is a fight and in a fight, the quitter never wins. Remember, we fight for immigrants. We fight for the poor. We fight for our children’s education. We fight for our environment. We fight for equal rights under the law. And we best not lose again, because if we do the GOP advantage will only grow and grow until democracy itself is dead in America and we become a one-party state.
So stop talking about “The Wave” and become the wave! Join the fight, if you haven’t already. And if you have, get others to join the fight! This November, we need not only to win, we need to crush them utterly. Now more than ever, we need to work towards a veto-proof majority in both the House and Senate and keep the pressure on so we can roll back the past years of corruption and authoritarianism. And then, brothers and sisters, we must move forward, pushing through universal healthcare, a living minimum wage tied to the rate of inflation, and a constitutional amendment to undo Citizens United.
Does that sound like a lot of work? It is. But it is work that MUST be done. Think of all the hard hours the Tea Party put into taking our country backward. If they could do the work, we can do it better. Now it’s time we undo their damage and put America forward.
So roll up your sleeves, Liberals, and get to it. November is coming fast.
By Clayton Callahan