It has arrived, my final post of the semester. First, I just want to thank anyone and everyone who came up to me in person and told me they enjoyed reading something I wrote. I am truly flattered and humbled for the opportunity to be published in The Towerlight. With that out of the way, let’s get down to business. For my final post I want to talk about the future. This post is directed at Democrats, but I think anyone who is politically inclined will appreciate it.
As a devout Democrat I follow quite a few liberal crazies on Twitter. Trust me, it’s a struggle to read through my twitter feed sometimes; however, as I sift through their rhetoric, I start to wonder about the future of my party. Right now the national conversation is revolving around how the Republican Party can implement reforms to win in the next presidential election. Sure, they are out of touch and have a radical wing, but they have determined that those are problems and are trying to solve them. My question is what is the Democratic Party going to do to earn another victory?
It is time for liberals to move past the Obama campaign rhetoric. Trust me, I was standing with Governor O’Malley cheering “FORWARD, NOT BACK!” in my dorm room as he gave his speech at the Democratic National Convention in September. But it’s May now, and I am struggling to see what President Obama has done other than fall victim to the sequestration. As my fellow liberals on Twitter defend Obama and continue to laugh as the GOP struggles, I am watching Obama’s agenda grow. Before he has even had a chance to check anything off, he has added gun control and returned the closure of Guantanamo Bay prison to his agenda. Idealism won’t win another election.
Can a candidate alone win this next election though? Similar to many of my Democratic friends, I am rooting for Hillary Clinton to run in this upcoming election. She is popular; she has remained involved and continued to accomplish admirable public service. Her loss in 2008 was to someone less experienced and less progressive than her. But, unlike many of my fellow Democratic friends, I will not look past the potential harm to the party that Obama may do before 2016.
By no means do I feel that Obama intends to harm the party purposefully, but at some point he will be forced to do something to establish his presidential legacy further, which could result in negative consequences for the party. If his actions result in the Democratic Party gaining the type of connotation that President George W. Bush attributed to the Republican Party in 2008, even Hillary won’t be enough to retain the White House.
As Democrats, we need to push Obama and his allies in Congress to work harder to strike a deal to end the sequestration, pass an immigration bill, and establish universal background checks for purchasing firearms. If President Obama fails now, Democrats will not have a successful midterm election, they will be frozen completely until 2016, and then they will have to run on Obama’s stagnant second term for the White House.
We must stop idolizing the president and push for progress. If we fail now, the party is in for another four years of shock capitalism, bloated defense spending, and spending cuts that hurt the middle class. Our time to revel in the glow of victory is over, it’s time to act on the mandate handed to Obama, before it truly is too late.