How Can We Win?
First of all, when I say, "We," I don’t mean Democrats. I mean anyone who is against what the current administration has done to our country. The problem is, at this stage the Democratic Party is our best hope. I am not happy with their dismal perfromance as a party, but they are all we got.
We must concentrate on how to defeat them at the polls, and we have to choose what we will be our issues in the upcoming ’06 and ’08 elections. These issues can’t be based on ideals. They must be based in reality. I realize that some of what I am about to say is going to be a bitter pill to swallow, but unseating these people is vital to the future of our nation, and the future of the world.
Gay Marriage. This is an absolute loser issue for the Democratic party. In my heart, I know that homosexual Americans deserve the same rights and privileges as heterosexual Americans, but gay marriage as an issue to be discussed at election time will not bring the anti-BushCo voters to the polls, but it will bring the opposition to the polls in droves. Someone who lives in
Instead, we should follow Howard Dean’s advice, and push for “Civil Unions,” after we defeat them at the polls. If we don’t call it “marriage,” but gay couples get access to the same rights as straight couples, what would be the harm? I was raised a Catholic, and my first wife divorced me. I did not get an annulment from the Catholic Church, and when I remarried, I was married by a judge. That means that my “marriage” is not recognized by at least one church in this country, and probably a few more. So? What do I care? Most people who have an opposition to gay marriage have that feeling based on an emotional reaction to the word “marriage.” Admitting to them that “marriage” is a union in the eyes of the church and their God and Civil Unions are a legal agreement between two adults and their government is I believe a compromise that we can all live with, and one that is necessary if we want to relegate these neocons to the history books.
Gun Control. Another big loser for the Democratic Party. Should not even be discussed until after 2008, and then only to reintroduce the Assault Weapons ban and close the gun show loophole. Any more discussion than that, and we will hand the country right back to the Republicans.
The Pledge of Allegiance. We all grew up saying “under God.” So what? When we are cast as anti-God, we always lose. We should shut up about it.
What will win elections for us is to talk about issues that matter to the majority of the Americans, and not issues that anger us on principle. We must clean up the mess we made in Iraq, and find a way out of there. We must provide health insurance for those Americans who can’t get it through their employers. We must stop the flow of American jobs overseas. We must protect our population against disasters, natural and terrorist. We must make sure that a woman’s right to choose is protected. And, we must restore our reputation with the rest of the world. Other issues that are important to people who actually think, like global warming, stem cell research, etc. can be tackled after the election. The way to win is to appeal to masses with issues that they care about. The Republicans figured this out a long time ago, and we better do the same. If we continue to concentrate on loser issues that unite one-issue voters against us, then we must accept the consequences.