Published first in DelawareLiberal on 1/17/2015 by Progressive Populist
I listen to this guy a lot and suggest you do too. He's smart and by
no means schooled only in anti-war politics. An author, student of
gang life in L.A., a former State Senator and respected seer in the
progressive world. California and Jerry Brown might have shown us the
way forward for a progressive Democratic 2016 victory in Tom Hayden's
Tom's latest thinking is that even by blowing off
what he calls the nostalgia for the New South and coal, Democrats can
win 318 electoral votes in 2016 with a progressive platform, even
without Florida if Jeb is their candidate. The minimum required to get
the necessary 271 electoral college votes includes a Blue west that also
wins Colorado and New Mexico, strong work in Minnesota, Illinois and
Ohio and the entire northeast from Virgina north.
positions for both California and the nation according to Hayden include
climate action via clean energy initiatives and opposition to Keystone,
measures to reverse the continued erosion of income equity and
diplomacy as our primary national security thrust for a war fatigued
nation. Immigration reform, continued improvement toward universal
healthcare and counter measures to voter suppression and Citizens
United become highly important secondary issues in Tom Hayden's
He emphasizes the need for clarity without ambivalence,
particularly on the implications of these priorities for Main street
over the wishes of wall street.
His strategy ideas reflect the
success Governor Jerry Brown enjoys with a 60% margin of victory. Brown
unequivocally ran on higher taxes from the wealthy in California while
showing an equally strong commitment to restraint on government growth
and rebuilding the California economy by supporting clean energy
policies and its business development.
Yet he successfully
emphasized his commitment to restoring California's leadership in public
and university education through increasing financial support for
public schools K through 12 serving those most in need and working on
college/technical school affordability and student debt reduction or
elimination. California used to offer tuition free education for its
best and brightest, a policy totally tanked by Ronald Reagan.
Moonbeam disappeared long ago and what you have in Brown is no
classical progressive; he is a very complex mixed bag of policies. I
can attest to that having known him at Santa Clara University in our
Yes, Democrats in Delaware can learn from
Brown and the California turnaround. Yes, they're really big and we're
really small but our histories in environmentalism are parallel and the
clean energy business development message seems to make sense for us.
So do clean air and water.
Just maybe the Delaware Dems can be
inspired to actually refresh itself and introduce its policies and
message to Delawarians from its current status of sullen silence on
about anything except the message from its legislative leadership that
it is silencing about the only Delaware voice advocating remedial
financing for high needs public schools.
Rep. Kowalko's position
is very similar to that of Governor Brown in the California public
school crisis turnaround. The Speaker's derision of progress in
education is not heartening news for Democrats in Delaware, let alone
those wondering how Democratic policy differs from the party of the
And for sure, the DNC should take notice of the Democratic
party and its leadership in California as model for its own barren
messaging program. Debbie Wasserman Schultz's message that all is now
well with the American economy is completely tone deaf and devoid of
understanding of the systemic hurt still felt by the barely middle class
and below, the life blood of her Party's voters. She needs to go as do
the rest of the Wall street pimps and sell outs diminishing our chances
for success in leading America out of this funk with fresh thinking and
Let's renew here like Jerry Brown is doing in California. It might turn around the erosion of Democratic power in Delaware.