I am not generally the person advising caution when progressive values score a win or three, but there is a peril in getting comfortable.  Many Americans got very comfortable with a progressive, dignified President for 8 years and look where we ended up a year ago.  I find myself preoccupied today for reasons very different that last year, for now we have a new enemy to confront:  Complacence.  The wins last night are not a cause for Ovation, they are a cause for consideration.  The wins last night are a cause for hope, not celebration

I am well pleased that in an off election year so many people turned out to the polls and turned some of the worst of the political swamp out into the streets.  I am delighted that a transgender candidate won an election against the self-proclaimed homophobe of Virginia.  I am more pleased that she (Danica Roem) is a hard working, progressive woman, who campaigned solely on issues impacting her district.  When asked to comment on snide remarks made by her opponent after the election was called, she had the dignity and class to refused to say anything bad about him as he was one of her constituents now.  Spoiler alert:  Voters of the Virginia 13th… You just did an amazing job for each other.

I am delighted that a couple of kingpins of the republican swamp lost the governor races in New Jersey and Virgina.  I do not know the governor-elect of Virginia well, but I can tell you that if the winner in New Jersey is smarter than a number six anvil, then the Garden State just got a heck of an upgrade.

Still.

We must not be complacent.  We still have an unqualified, misogynistic blow-hard in the White House. Every day he is in office is a day closer to Armageddon.  We have a vile serpent as his second.  Mr. Pence has long thought it appropriate for a band of old, white men to decide what happens to a woman’s health. We have a Republican Congress pressing through a tax bill that raises taxes for me, and you, and you, and you, and well, anyone making less than a million dollars a year.  They hid it well–just like they hid giving Churches (cults) the right to spend money to support political campaigns–but it is clear that they are about to pay for their tax breaks by screwing 60 million Americans in 2018, 120 million by 2020, and heaven only knows how many by 2022.

The time is now.  The time for a sustained clarion call is here.  In every city.  In every county.  In every state.  We need progressive voices out there.  We need progressive voters registered.  We need progressive values restored and Democracy given a chance to flourish.  We must not become Germany and Italy of 1935.  We must not let our leaders take away inclusion, jobs and healthcare from those who asked them to serve.  We need 2018 to be the year that the middle class took back Congress and restored the faith of us all in the system.

We must have towns, cities, counties, states, a nation, and a world where *everyone* has a chance to live healthy, free lives, and prosper.

We must not go gentle into that good night….

Yes.  It was a very good night.

But we need so many more….

You can join the cause…

George Reed for Indiana 40th

 

 

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