About the political argument: Anyone who doubts that we’ve had a major political realignment should look at what’s happened to Congress. After the 2004 election, there were many declarations that we’d entered a long-term, perhaps permanent era of Republican dominance. Since then, Democrats have won back-to-back victories, picking up at least 12 Senate seats and more than 50 House seats. They now have bigger majorities in both houses than the G.O.P. ever achieved in its 12-year reign.Let's repeat that for emphasis: Everything the Republicans achieved since Reagan has been done with smaller majorities than the Democrats now enjoy.
The Republicans have come very close to dismantling the government that was the source of the romanticized golden era of bipartisanship from Truman through Carter. Their policies, goals and practices are what has created the rifts in this nation. The economic divide its their doing. The use of race to disrupt class solidarity is their calling card since Nixon. Using jingoism to impugn the patriotism of anyone who disagrees with their agenda is actually one of their oldest tricks, and the model for the others. Systematically dismantling the regulatory state and corrupting what they can't destroy.
There is no excuse for the Democrats failing to take their clear majority status to roll back the damage done by the Movement Conservatives and advance the reasonable and humane agendas of the left.
You want a permanent legislative majority? Enact UHC now. Tell the media the are simply wrong about Social Security, and then expand the program. Think BIG. The Democrats are never so popular as when they are improving the lives of ordinary people.
Ignore The Village and listen to the nation.