I have been so troubled this past week and more that it has been difficult for me to focus my mind or regain my equilibrium. More and more, I can see the United States slipping into a form of fascism. I have always been a happy warrior [a phrase used, I believe, to describe FDR], but now my shoulders sag, I heave sighs, and an air of depression hangs over me, rather like Joe Btfsplk, the old Al Capp L’il Abner character. So, on this blazing hot Sunday here in my comfortably air-conditioned retirement home, I am going to try to achieve some perspective on my world.
The central fact on which I must focus is that despite the Republicans controlling every branch of government, we are in the majority and will, as the years pass, be more and more in the majority. The Republicans have lost the popular vote in six of the last presidential elections. Six of the last seven. With the exception of George W. Bush in 2004, after the 9/11 attack, the last Republican actually to win the popular vote for President was George H. W. Bush in 1988, thirty years ago.
And the Republican disadvantage will only get worse. Right now, a majority of Americans sixteen years old and under are not white. Therefore, in 2020, a majority of Americans 18 and under will be not white, and as the years go by, that racial divide will advance inexorably. The Republicans have lost the non-White population and are losing the youth of every race.
Republican Gerrymandering and sheer political malpractice on the part of the Democrats have together enabled the Republicans to seize control of state governments, but that can be changed by Democratic voters willing simply to come out and vote. In 2018, and again in 2020, we need to turn out in sufficient strength to take back state legislatures in time for the 2020 census.
There is anecdotal evidence aplenty of enthusiasm on the left for progressive candidates. That enthusiasm must be turned into a cheerful, friendly hostile takeover of the Democratic Party. Let us heap honors on Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer, and the rest, and then put them out to pasture. The Clintons can enjoy their scores of millions. They have earned it, and I for one am happy to let them wallow in it so long as I do not have to see or hear them anymore.
It is unimportant who the new Democratic Party leaders will be. There are more than enough fine candidates for national leadership. What matters is who the local leaders are who will emerge at the city level, the county level, and the state level.
I place no great store in the emergence of folks calling themselves Democratic Socialists. It is pleasing to the ear, but for the most part they are just New Deal Democrats. Sufficient unto the day …