In light of the recent election, it becomes abundantly clear that the election was not won by the current president-elect, but lost by the over qualified, Hillary Rodham Clinton. The reasons are many and have been the talking points for political scientists across the world. Before moving to the future of the Democratic party, it is important to address one claim made across many academic fields. That the polls were wrong. The polls operated well within the margin of error across the board, and the reason many were so surprised by the results were because of the NYT and Five Thirty Eight chance of winning predictions that were made leading up to the election. The NYT model had HRC at 85% while 538 had her around 75% chance of winning. These, however, do not show what polls do. They incorporate aspects like the current economy, approval rating of the standing president, and political experts imposing their opinion to create these predictions rather than numbers reflected by data.
In terms of the future, the Democratic party is facing an uphill battle if it plans on sticking to its establishment mindset that was successful in recent decades. Bernie said it throughout the primaries, and still to this day, that it is imperative we shift the focus of the Democratic party away from its elitist foundation. The future of politics revolves around this notion of income inequality. Whichever party is able to solve it will be the dominant party for decades to come. It will now be the job of the Democratic party to harness these votes by severing the ties to corporate wealth, wall street, billionaire interests and devoting it to Economic Populism in order to represent the masses while eroding the divisive qualities that have driven a wedge between numerous minority groups. In Sander's words, it is time for the Democratic party to represent the working class. This is not only in the best interest of the people who make up the 99% but also the interest of the Democratic party. With progressives such as Bernie, Elizabeth Warren, Harry Reid, and Robert Reich, we can move the party left. That being said, none of this will happen without the continued energy of protest and resistance to politics that are tied to money, blinded by corporate media, and divide the peoples that are in a common struggle. Progressives across the board: LGBTQ, Environmentalists, Racial Minorities, and Women must all take on each other's issues to strengthen and mend the division within the progressive left as Amol Mehra pointed out in Progressives, Unite. Lets use the Democratic party as our vehicle for justice across the board because we are inherently equal and if anyone deserves any right then we all deserve every one of our rights. Economic populism will be the uniting political shift that allows diverse groups to pull in the same direction and fight for one another.
In reading a piece in the Council of Foreign Relations and from the Boston Globe on terror today, one thing stuck out to me, the idea of mundane terrorism. This type of terrorism defined in the article as mundane is the home-grown inspired type of terror. This makes it more difficult for law enforcement to detect and prevent. When assessing mundane terrorism, it is important to understand that terrorist cells are most often social groups that attract societies social outcasts. So when looking at home-grown inspired terrorism and how to prevent it, i think we can see our immigration plans directly affecting terrorists cells around the world. In other words, the closer we are to countries in the middle east that occupy many of the terrorist groups, the closer we will be to their political leaders and their way of life. This will directly correlate to our ability to understand and prevent mundane terrorism growing in countries in the middle east. The solution then resides in creating a more interconnected and diplomatically effective world for the US to be apart of. One expedient way to create better diplomatic, political and social ties with countries is through creating a progressive immigration plan where we take more refugees and allow an easier path to citizenship.