The strategy we need begins with identifying where our political strength lies -- such as it is. There is only one game in town, Dems vs. Reps. Any flirtation with 3rd parties is a waste of energy. Might make you feel good for a minute, but ineffective in achieving real results. We have made some gains over the past 50 years. We are in danger of a major setback.
The Republicans have made a broad-based attack on those gains during the Obama years while we were waiting for Santa Claus, Super Man, a Savior, or Super N----r. Whatever the case, most of us are simply waiting for a handout, asking questions like, "What did Obama do for me?" Or, "What has the Democratic Party done for me?"
Well, the answer has been coming since the day after President Obama was inaugurated in 2008, with a Republican assault on government leadership. The election of Donald Trump has unleashed the most radical elements on the political right. While we were waiting for a handout, they were taking over as many state legislatures and Governor's chairs as possible.
Here is the Problem Statement:
US Senate 54-42 Republican Majority
US House 247-187 Republican Majority
(Note: This will likely result in a strong conservative-leaning Supreme Court in the next 4 years)
31 States Republican governors
18 States Democratic governors
25 Republican-controlled State governments
6 Democratic -controlled State governments
7 Democratic governor/Republican-controlled legislature
7 Republican governor/Democratic -controlled legislature
1 Independent governor/split legislature
1 Republican governor/Split legislature
3 Democratic governor/Split legislature
Here is the Opportunity Statement:
Top 100 Cities
66 Democrat Mayors
31 Republican Mayors
3 Non-Party affiliated mayors
44 MEMBERS OF THE CBC
12 States with 2 or more
- GA 4
- NY 4
- TX 4
- CA 3
- IL 3
- NJ 3
40 Black Mayors of cities with more than 50,000 population
Any strategy we embark upon needs to attack the realities above. First we need to protect our gains, and then craft a strategy to pick off the opposition where we can. We have to remember that all politics is local. So look to the lowest level of strategy that you can influence, combine forces and work our way up. The real fight begins on January 21, 2017.
We have to fight for a seat at the table with those who helped to bring us here -- the Democratic Party. Then we need to gain as much control of the decisions as we can. We have to be relentless and unceasing. Anyone who says that the Democratic party hasn't done anything for us, or taken our votes for granted is lazy and un-involved. That's what happens when you GIVE AWAY YOUR VOTE. We have to GO TO BATTLE WITH OUR VOTES -- and stop complaining when others don't fight our battles for us.
NOW LET'S TALK STRATEGY!