The Elephant in the Democratic Party?

What platform should the Democratic Party run on?  Should they run on impeaching President Trump?  The short answer is yes.  The long answer is yes, but…..

I feel the impeachment is a good platform, but it is only good in the short term.  Say there is a victory and Trump is impeached, then what’s next?  There is a split in the Democratic Party between the Establishment Dems (Clinton, Boxer, Feinstein) and the Progressive/Grassroots Dems (Warren).  This is the issue facing the party.  If they stay with the Establishment then GOP will still have a moderately strong foothold in Congress and it will be more policies supporting the 1% and low voter turn out.

Now if they try and balance a platform and incorporate more progressive policies something like with the New Deal.  Then maybe they will have what happened in the 1912 election when Dems embraced a progressive platform that helped Woodrow Wilson with the presidency.  Only time will tell but if we support more progressive candidates we may have the turnout like Bernie Sanders had in 2016.

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Let’s Recall…the 2016 Presidential Election.

Jill Stein has been raising money for a recount in the battleground states of Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin.  The current electoral votes are Trump’s 290 to Clinton’s 232.  The electoral votes for the three states are as follows:

  • Michigan: 16
  • Wisconsin: 10
  • Pennsylvania: 20

So what if the recall over turns all three states from Trump to Clinton the total will be as follows:

  • Clinton – 278
  • Trump – 260

That is more then the electoral votes then on election night.  (That’s a big if.)  What after the recalls only some of the states changed to Clinton.  She would need to win all 3.  The break down with her winning only 2 of the 3 states would be following.

Clinton wins MI and WI

  • Clinton – 258
  • Trump – 280

Clinton wins PA and MI

  • Clinton – 268
  • Trump – 270

Clinton wins PA and WI

  • Clinton – 262
  • Trump – 276

Now look at the popular vote totals right now are

  • Clinton – 62,523,126
  • Trump – 61,201,031

That is a narrow margin with is why we need to get rid of the archaic system of the electoral college.  To do that will require an amendment that with a 2/3 majority in both the house and senate and then 3/4 of the states.  With the Republicans in control of both houses of Congress, so they won’t pass it.

There is a campaign to change that with in the Constitution called the National Popular Vote that changes the electoral vote to be covered over the whole nations votes and not a winner take all of the states.  Check that out.