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Where to Go from Here

posted Jan 4, 2017, 4:53 PM by Ocdp Web

by Clayton Price     

         Waking up on November 9th, Democrats everywhere were utterly upset. Not only was Donald Trump named the President-Elect, but both the House and the Senate were under Republican control. After the results of the electoral college’s votes on December 19th, the weight of defeat rests on the Democratic party, but now is not the time for relinquishment.

We Democrats can still enforce positive change across America. Volunteer work in our communities, such as helping recycle or feeding the homeless, not only makes a significant difference but also shows an accurate representation of the party’s values. As a party, it is important to be open to bipartisanship as well. As Barrack Obama stated, “we have to remember that we are actually all on the same team. We’re not Democrats first, we’re not Republicans first, we’re Americans first.” This is something both sides need to remember if we plan to ever benefit our country, our communities, and the lives of one another.

Although bipartisanship is very important, that does not mean the Democratic party should ignore any discriminatory actions taking place. If any laws are passed that discriminate toward Muslims, immigrants, the LGBTQ+ community or any other group, it is our duty to protest. We cannot stand idly by as groups of Americans have their freedom and rights stripped from them. We shall not let bigotry and prejudice flourish.

The fight for equality for all races, genders, religions, and sexualities must be continued and a key interest in the party’s values. The struggle to raise minimum wage so millions of Americans can finally make a living salary must be carried on. Too much progress has been made in providing affordable healthcare for Americans in need to go back now. Women’s reproductive rights are now at risk, and it is our job to protect those rights. We must make our voices heard! As Bernie Sanders said, “Now, more than ever, [is the time for] our revolution!”