A guest article by Wayne Caswell, Vice Chairman, Alliance of Progressive Voters
If Wealth and Power Corrupts, then Extreme Wealth and Absolute Power Corrupts Absolutely. That’s my extension of a quote by British historian Lord Acton, and it’s why I worry so much about our current President and write so much about the relationship between income inequality, opportunity, and political influence.
In Saving Capitalism, a NETFLIX original documentary that’s first available on November 21, Robert Reich, the Former Secretary of Labor of the United States, examines America’s fragile democracy and its fight for survival that Ramona and so many others are part of. As income and wealth go to the top, more Americans are left behind. Reich says it’s now up to ordinary Americans to change the rules and this trajectory.
Yesterday (11/9/2017), Reich appeared on Morning Joe to discuss his film and how wealthy elites are “rigging the game.” But the citizen activism he’s seen gives him hope.
Citizen Activists Have Had Enough Already
Many regular citizens are so disturbed by our current President and Republican followers that they are stepping up to run for office themselves as Democrats. Momentum has steadily picked up steam and now seems to have turned the tide against the Republican old guard. This will be hard to stop as we move toward the 2018 election, and our District has several progressive candidates to get behind, including Ramona Thompson (for State House Rep), Will Fisher (for Congress to replace Michael Burgess), and Beto O’Rourke (El Paso Congressman running for Senate against Ted Cruz.
All the big corporate money in the world cannot stop a determined electorate.
What surprised me most about last week’s election wasn’t that so many Democrats won, but the makeup of those winners, including the number of women. (Listen to many of them here.) Like the signs they carried in the Women’s March on Washington earlier this year, these women were so horrified by our nation’s direction that they can’t stand silent anymore. They’re resisting.
Highlights of The Virginia Wave
- Healthcare was the hottest issue. The state legislature in Maine has tried to expand Medicaid to cover tens of thousands of low-income residents, but their Republican governor has vetoed their legislation five times. Well, this week, Maine citizens embraced Obamacare, and voted to expand Medicaid to 70,000+ low-income residents.
- In Virginia, the first out-transsexual was elected as a state legislator. Danica Roem defeated a 13-term incumbent who called himself Virginia’s “chief homophobe” and introduced a “bathroom bill” earlier this year that would have denied her access, except it died in committee.
- The first out-lesbian delegate was elected in Virginia’s history.
- The first Asian American woman delegate was elected in Virginia’s history.
- The first and second Latina delegates were elected in Virginia’s history.
- The second black Lieutenant governor was elected in VA since Reconstruction
- Ravi Bhalla won the Mayoral election in Hoboken becoming New Jersey’s first Sikh mayor.
- The first black woman was elected mayor of Charlotte, North Carolina.
- A former lawyer for Black Lives Matter who sued the Philadelphia police department became the district attorney of that city.
- Ralph Northam (D) is now governor of Virginia, flipping the office from red to blue.
- Phil Murphy (D) is now governor of New Jersey, flipping the office from red to blue.
For 2018, with elections less than a year away, I look forward to flipping my Frisco community blue, flipping our state blue, and taking control of the U.S. House and Senate as we prepare to take back the Presidency in 2020.
I’ve pledged my support to Ramona for Texas and hope you will join me in supporting her.
About the Author
Wayne Caswell lives in Frisco Lakes in the same Del Webb community as Ramona and has worked closely with her as Vice Chairman for the Democratic group she founded just over a year ago. He’s a retired IBM technologist, market strategist, futurist, consumer advocate, and founding editor of Modern Health Talk.
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