What We Need To Hear
The numbers are baffling: how do 41% of Americans still approve of the President’s job performance? With headlines of family separation, botched negotiations with Putin, and Special Counsel indictments splashed across newspapers worldwide, Liberals could not ask for worse job performance than Trump is currently delivering. Add on a conservative justice nomination threatening to upend decades of popular Liberal reform, it’s a miracle that Democrats aren’t leading every House and Senate race across the country. Or maybe it’s not.
Sure, the President is terrible. It’s tough to argue he’s not far below average at least. But what else do voters have? Perhaps the incompetence and blatant cronyism of the Republican Party rubs off on the government as a whole, and not just their leadership. It’s as if, by refusing to address an obviously delusional and ineffective executive, our elected officials are telling us: this is what we are, there is no better. And I blame Democrats for refusing to offer an enticing alternative, reinforcing the Right’s degrading view of this great nation.
Yes, it is clearly too early to unveil a slew of 2020 candidates, but government is about more than just the President. And we can do better than Donald Trump right now, not just in 2 years. I’m tired of hearing “what Trump did is bad” from the same Democrats who have been running the Congressional Caucus for decades. I’m tired of simply response. The Democratic Party, and the American people, need a true alternative: a party that offers ideas, a party that offers dignity, a party that offers hope.
We know Trump’s tax cuts haven’t been raising wages like he promised—give us the alternative plan, and tell us how it will fairly share our economic gains. We know Trump’s health care half-measures are pushing people out of the market—tell us more about the promised Obamacare reforms and how they will improve the market. We know Trump’s foreign policy is garbage—show us how you envision American leadership on the world stage. And tell us we deserve better than President Trump. Remind us that we’re the nation who put a man on the moon, who lead the world against fascist governance and destroyed the Soviet Union. Tell us how we can continue to attract Nobel Prize-winning immigrants and world-renowned researchers. Remind us why the American flag used to be an inarguable symbol of hope and prosperity around the world.
There is a place for Maxine Waters’ fiery rebukes or Corey Bookers’ impassioned criticism of Trump appointees, but the Democrats need more than that. The American people need more than that. We must be convinced of a better future, rather than an undesirable now, lest our apathy cause us to descend further into the chaos that is this Congress and this Presidency.