Democrats must establish firm, realistic policy goals before 2020 election

BY JACOB SCHULTE

STAFF REPORTER

Photo courtesy of AP Images. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., right, accompanied by Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., left, speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill.

Democrats must learn from the man they despise.

Twenty-two months stand between now and election day 2020. At only the halfway mark of his first term as President of the United States, Donald John Trump has proven to be one of, if not, the most polarizing presidents in the history of the country.

His extremely brash personality and seemingly unsympathetic nature bring praise from his fans and constant rebuke from his foes. With his time in office, President Trump has done nothing but fortify a public persona that is rigid and tough yet at times strangely inhumane.

But you cannot deny the president’s consistency. After spending his first year and a half in office improving foreign relations across the world and passing (or ridding of) drastic economic legislations, Trump was able to report generally peaceful world relations and strong economic numbers throughout the second half of 2018.

Even after the very unpopular government shutdown, Trump’s excruciatingly strong and elongated stand on national security is a savvy long-term political move. Using a historically long and costly 35 days of partial government shutdown, he demonstrated his belief that an improvement to America’s safety is his number one priority.

In a world of politics where promises are perpetually broken, Trump’s resolve to keep his promise on border security will likely be a focal point of his re-election campaign.

For the Democrats to retake the presidential seat in the White House in 2020, they must find the same consistency and confidence in their own political agenda.

Nancy Pelosi is serving her second career term as Speaker of the House after a record midterm election voter turnout helped bring Democratic majority back to the House of Representatives. Pelosi will be a thorn in Trump’s side for the remainder of his first term, but what legislation will Democrats and Republicans be able to compromise on?

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I -Vt.) and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) are both expected to announce their candidacy before the Democratic primary debates begin in June. Both have helped lead the charge against wealth inequality with prepositions of different tax plans that target the ultra-rich, even if it must be done posthumously through federal estate taxes. Both also promise to reignite the fight for government-sponsored healthcare with the “Medicare-for-all” program that would eliminate the private health insurance industry entirely.

Former legal prosecutor and current Senator Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) launched her campaign for the presidency on Jan. 21 and isn’t afraid to admit she would heavily increase taxes on the middle class as well. Sen. Harris also supports the Medicare-for-all program and is likely aware of the estimated $33 trillion the proposed plan would cost the US government over the first 10-years.

To implement such dramatic and expensive changes to the way our system works as the current rumored Democratic nominees intend to if elected, America would need to be ready for a complete reversal of the current economic and foreign policies President Trump’s turbulent yet effective administration has set in place.

The average American is going to be affected by tax increases, policy changes and the perceived fortitude of our nation’s president across the world just like Jeff Bezos and his billionaire buddies are — that is something the Democrats cannot forget as they begin their fight for the people’s vote.