As Democrats look to the future with former Labor Secretary Tom Perez as the newly elected DNC chair and Congressman Keith Ellison as the Deputy DNC chair, I certainly feel optimistic. As a lifelong Democrat, I’m past tired of the purist progressives who don’t consistently vote, the complete no voters and protest voters. I don’t feel we give these citizens the credit they deserve in helping deliver the American presidency to Donald Trump.
Despite the Democratic Party being largely about diversity and outreach, I’m personally not comfortable with Democrats catering to people who wish to re-litigate the 2016 DNC primaries and/or whom have a “my way or the highway” approach to politics and justify watching our country go down the tubes because one or two of their ideal politicians’ name isn’t at the very top of the party agenda. I’ve always prided myself on voting the greatest good for the greatest number of people regardless of my personal socioeconomic situation.
The choice in the 2016 presidential election couldn’t have been more clear yet, too many still opted for the potential destruction of our democracy out of ignorance, self preservation and spite. My “principles” have been questioned in voting for HRC after being for Bernie Sanders in the primaries. My answer is, seeing past myself, once again, voting the greater good of all people as well as the fact that Sanders also backed HRC. Most of the controversial issues, concerns, questions facing our country today wouldn’t even exist if HRC was elected POTUS. Purist progressives should perhaps learn some principles before attempting to debate principles.