Last week at a Fayette Democratic Party executive committee meeting, the question arose as to what we as a party represent after our losses in 2016. Here are some things we might consider:
1. Build strength locally as we identify and help candidates win city and county seats, as well as state and federal offices. This is particularly important at the state level to counter gerrymandering efforts by Republicans.
2. Reach out to all people not only because it’s the right thing to do, but it is the same kind of acceptance we want for ourselves from others. All means inclusiveness regardless of race, religion, and gender.
3. Support a “living wage” and the expansion of labor unions. The fight for fifteen dollars an hour will not be enough for workers to support families in many parts of the country. We would do well to return to our past on this issues and follow FDR as our guide.
4. Health care should be viewed as a right not a privilege. Our goal should be to defend and support the Affordable Care Act and push for costs reductions.
5. The cost of college tuition should not be a burden as it is today. We will work to make it affordable for all Americans.
6. Continue in the tradition of President Obama of protecting our environment and supporting our national parks and monuments.
7. We support the United Nations, NATO, and other international agreements that have existed since the end of World War II, while maintaining a strong military. We must continue our position as leader of the free world by promoting human rights everywhere and the wise use of military power.
Our party can win in 2018 – in the tradition of FDR, Truman, JFK, LBJ, and Obama – by offering Americans solutions to their daily concerns: health care, education, and jobs that pay a good wage with a secure retirement.
We must be consistent and compelling in what we hope to accomplish when we speak to voters.
What do you think?