Democrats must nominate a populist if they are to win the White House and Congress

We must defeat Donald Trump in 2020. For that, we need a robust debate among all our candidates. They must articulate their intent for a new America. The last forty years provided a continual decline for most Americans. And the largest generation alive now, millennials, in the aggregate are not seeing a path forward to true financial independence. They are looking for a candidate they believe will provide the populist policies we all need.

Something happened in the 2018 election that is likely to be more profound in 2020. And the polls will likely not catch it. Conventional wisdom would lead many to believe that since most of the newly elected Democrats were more centrists than the party’s center of gravity, it would be best served from the middle. It is more likely that the increased progressive vote provided the winning margin in these elections. This reality was apparent in Texas Congressional District 7 where the DCCC interjected themselves in our local election with a right-wing style attack on Laura Moser who ultimately lost to Lizzie Pannill Fletcher. All the progressive groups coalesced around Fletcher, block walking, knocking on doors, and phone banking because they kept their eyes on the ball.

When American pollsters give Americans choices of policies, they reveal themselves as progressives. So why is it that their votes show centrism? The answer is obvious. The powers-that-be hoodwink them into believing the things they want most are unattainable. Worse, their leaders tell them that their wants would cost jobs or hurt the economy. In other words, fear is responsible for most Americans sticking to the mythical center.

Centrist-voting Americans are fighting for two basic wants. First and foremost they want Trump defeated in 2020. They also want middle-class centric, progressive policies. But to them, getting rid of Trump is more existential. So they will forego the policies if they believe fighting for them could cost them the election.

Middle-class-centric-policies require that particular word, redistribution, higher taxes on the rich. Neither wealthy Republicans nor Democrats want too much redistribution codified into law, Republicans more so than Democrats. As such even on the Democratic side, the more moderate candidate gets the nod. The media and the wards of the plutocracy then coalesce around that candidate to provide an air of inevitability. The media along with the punditry provide the fear-instilling narratives that make many vote against their interests.

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