Greetings Members of the NDCO & DMO:
As you assemble in Atlanta to hear from candidates for National Chair of the Democratic National Committee, I want to share a few elements of my strategy for the future of the Democratic Party. The themes are those blended from others to offer a perspective to grow and to reinvigorate the Democratic National Committee.
I. Focus on the Mid-term elections, giving particular attention to governorships and state legislatures. The Democratic Party must put its dollars at the street level and knock on doors and persuade Americans that goals of the Democratic Party helped to build and expand America’s middle class,
II. Recapture the view as the champion of “working – class” Americans. “We live in the richest country in the history of the human race. Why can’t we provide health care for everyone, or have the best schools on the planet, or develop viable alternatives to fossil fuels?” [Mark Brenner, LaborNotes.Org]
III. Strongly advocate policies that impact the lives of Americans. According to an article in the New York Times: http://nyti.ms/2hfNo7W "Mr. Trump’s gains among white working class voters weren’t simply caused by Democrats staying home on Election Day.” Mr. Trump was viewed as “…tough on China, [willing to] renegotiate NAFTA and pull out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership…” The Democratic Party cannot be viewed as an elitist political party organization.
IV. Organize/Turnout the Vote – “Progressives must be prepared to support elected leaders who take on Trump” [http://billmoyers.com/story/list-anti-trump-liberals-progressives/] “The economic crisis is what is at the forefront of concerns of blacks and proposing policies that seek to alleviate these conditions is one of the surest ways to increase black’s motivation and enthusiasm….” [The National Urban League/The Potomac Coalition].
Not only in middle-America is there a sense of anger and a "demand for inclusion", but also in urban-America. The Democratic Party's future rests in bringing together again the Obama coalition starting now, not in 2018 or 2020.
Robert Vinson Brannum