To The Daily Sun,
We are living in the most interesting of times where few things are certain. There is one. Like it or lump it, Republicans at the moment are running much of politics in America. This will change, how quickly, no one knows. A second certainty. The Democratic Party is anemic with young blood.
The greatest destruction to the Democrats during the Obama decade has been the loss of upcoming stars at the state and local level. That is the only minor league training ground. It takes many years to cultivate young talent and bring it to the top with name recognition. The Democratic Party lost 50 percent of their political footholds in local and state government in the decade between 2006 and 2016, one of the most rapid losses of power ever witnessed in politics.
Obama may have been personally popular but the Democrats message was and still is most unpopular. Tax and spend in a country where its children are drowning in $20 trillion of record debt is a very brain-dead theme. Every "subsidy" and every "free" is a new living standard death wish for middle class worker who pays for most of it.
The best place to grow leaders and presidents is in governors mansions. The Democrats now hold just 15 governorships. The Republicans 34. Those statistics are the reverse of 10 years ago. It is a similar lopsided story for state legislatures where the real nitty-gritty of politics in the country takes place. To understand it more clearly. Look no further than last year's run for the presidency. The Republicans had 20 hard-charging elephants competing. The Democrats had just three donkeys. The first, Bernie Sanders, will be 79 in 2020. The second, Hillary Clinton. She has said publicly, and emphatically she will not run again for public office. She's no spring chicken herself. She turns 70 in a month, while I haven't seen Martin O'Malley's name in the paper for more than a year. Surely, we can’t forget the most recognized demon diva of all time Nancy Pelosi. Should she decide to run in 2020, she would be 80. When someone says, "The Democrats are an old party." It is a truth, literally.
No party keeps its footholds forever. It will be no different for Republicans. Their current power will ebb. But It is more than clear the Democrats have a darn shallow farm team of young, recognized talent that can instantly transition to take the top jobs. Could the Republicans govern so poorly that voters are willing to put Democrats in. That is surely possible.
Trump's election illustrates this as perfectly as anything could. When people lead as ineffectively as Obama anything can and will happen. There is a great deal of difference between personal popularity and having the ability and skill to lead a nation from the front, not from the rear as Obama did.
Trump is as unpopular as Obama was popular. That doesn’t mean Trump can't get the job done far better. The economy is already glowing much brighter while consumer confidence is exploding no matter the collective, 24/7 media assault to kill trump with the singular focus not to make the country better and life better for you, but simply to give power back to Democrats after Obama turned in the poorest economic record of any president since World War II ended in the mid-1940s. Why in hell would any one in their right mind want to give the economy back to the party that produced that level of failure?
- Written by Mike Mortensen
- Category: Letters
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