I had planned to write today about the various mistakes the Democrats have made and what they need to fix going forward. Then I realized that the first part was covered in a previous article, and the second part was already planned to be covered in this one. So here you are.
We’ve got four years, friends. Four years to try and remake the Democratic party into something better, that can appeal to a broader base. It’s not going to be easy, but we have to try, because the alternative is two terms of a man who’s decided that white nationalism is just fine.
So we’d best get our shit together because we really need to win four years from now.
We Need to Stop Ignoring Key Demographics
“…in their desperation they turned to a man they didn’t fully understand. Some men aren’t looking for anything logical. They can’t be bought, bullied, reasoned or negotiated with. Some men just want to watch the world burn.” – Alfred, The Dark Knight
It turns out that largely rural, largely poor, largely white voters are still largely voting in large numbers. The time will come when they’re less relevant and outnumbered by others, but for now, they’re quite powerful.
This is the most important lesson to learn from this election, and we ignore it at our peril. The rural parts of this nation are suffering. They’re desperate, and it’s quite understandable that they are. And as I said the other day, the Republicans respond to this desperation by pandering and promising the moon, the delivering about 60 attempts to repeal Obamacare. The Democrats respond to it by ignoring these people or mocking them as backwards hicks.
This has to change. Trump is no on these peoples’ side, as they’re about to learn. When 2020 rolls around, they’re going to be primed to vote Democrat, but only if we can make it clear to them that we’re they’re best hope, and offer them something other than despair.
Now this doesn’t mean that we have to neglect other demographics. We can still stick up for minorities in all forms. This isn’t a zero-sum game. We can push for plans that will help everyone in need; not just urban blacks and Latinos, but also rural whites.
Yes, this will require a lot more effort than the usual from Democrats, but we can pull it off. We have to, or we’re basically fucked.