Democrats have no plan or plat­form: Repub­li­cans win­ning

South Florida Times - - OPINION - ROGER CALDWELL

Democrats can never win in Amer­ica, with­out the Black vote, and a pro­gres­sive plat­form.

Trump and the Repub­li­cans are win­ning with poll num­bers in the thir­ties, and the Demo­cratic lead­er­ship has no strat­egy to change the tra­jec­tory of this ad­min­is­tra­tion. The Repub­li­cans con­trol the House, the Se­nate and the Ex­ec­u­tive Branch, and there ap­pears noth­ing the Democrats can do.

The Democrats can fil­i­buster, re­sist and ob­struct the Repub­li­cans poli­cies, but when it is time for a vote, the Repub­li­cans win. In the House they win by 24 votes, and in the Se­nate they win by 2 votes.

In the spe­cial elec­tions in 2017, the Democrats were not able to pick up any seats. They came close, but no cigar, and Pres­i­dent Trump is tak­ing a vic­tory lap. From his point of view, Amer­i­cans are sup­port­ing his poli­cies, and there is no rea­son to change his po­si­tions.

In the last year and a half pol­i­tics have be­come a White race/class en­deavor, and the Black vote has be­come in­signif­i­cant and not im­por­tant in both par­ties. Even the His­panic vote is not im­por­tant, be­cause Trump has proved that he can win his elec­tions with only the White vote.

In 2008, the Democrats won the House, the Se­nate, and the Ex­ec­u­tive Branch. The Black vote and the Obama coali­tions pushed him over the top. At that point, the Repub­li­cans re­al­ized that they would have to show up at the polls, and take over the lo­cal, county, state elec­tions, and gov­er­nor­ships.

With the rad­i­cal arm of the Repub­li­can Party,” the Tea Party,” the con­ser­va­tives and the alt-right, things started to change. When Pres­i­dent Obama won the elec­tion in 2008, and 2012, Whites from both par­ties un­der­stood that Blacks and His­pan­ics were get­ting stronger, and more pow­er­ful. The bil­lions of dol­lars col­lected by both party’s lead­er­ship could end up be­ing dis­trib­uted to peo­ple with color.

As a re­sult of this rev­e­la­tion, the lead­er­ship in the Repub­li­can Party be­came more White and racist. In the Demo­cratic Party the lead­er­ship be­came more White and ho­mo­sex­ual, and this is the dilemma of Amer­i­can pol­i­tics.

In 2017, it is very dif­fi­cult in many races around the coun­try to de­ter­mine if a can­di­date is Demo­cratic or Repub­li­can. The Repub­li­cans have changed the rules in many lo­cal and county elec­tions. The first two with the most votes in a pri­mary, goes to the gen­eral elec­tion, and the two party sys­tem is elim­i­nated. Many times the vot­ers don’t know who the Repub­li­can is and who is the Demo­crat.

If the Democrats plan to win back the House and the Se­nate in 2018, there must be a ma­jor fo­cus on mo­bi­liz­ing the Black vote. As Black Amer­i­cans, our is­sues are unique and spe­cific to our ex­pe­ri­ences in the United States, and Democrats must ad­dress Black is­sues, which are based on a Black Agenda.

The lead­er­ship class in the Demo­cratic Party faces a cri­sis of le­git­i­macy, and they will con­tinue to lose un­til they or­ga­nize around Black is­sues.

Black is­sues are vi­sion­ary de­mands and the prob­lems in the Black com­mu­nity give the Democrats a plat­form and pro­gres­sive plan. The Black Agenda Re­port in 2017 has de­vel­oped a 7 point plan to build a Demo­crat plat­form around.

The 7 point plan is as fol­lows: 1, End Poverty; 2, Com­mu­nity Polic­ing and Crim­i­nal Jus­tice Re­form; 3, Eco­nomic Em­pow­er­ment; 4, Ed­u­ca­tion; 5, Af­ford­able Hous­ing; 6, Health and Well­ness; and 7, Pol­i­tics and Jobs. This 7 point plan is the start­ing point to build coali­tions, and it gives the Demo­cratic lead­er­ship le­git­i­macy and a com­pre­hen­sive plat­form.

Black in­come re­mains the low­est of any group in Amer­ica, and it has been this way for 50 years.“So in the end Blacks are more vul­ner­a­ble to poverty as a na­tion, we need to fo­cus on poli­cies that com­bat eco­nomic seg­re­ga­tion, cre­ate jobs with a liv­ing wage and help build wealth,” says David Love of the Grio.

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