Laura Hubka chairs the Howard County Democrats and serves on the Iowa Democratic Party's State Central Committee. -promoted by desmoinesdem
For the life of me I do not understand why we are still fighting and arguing about what happened last election cycle. Are we children? Are we never going to admit some stark truths because it does not fit our narrative?
We sat back in 2008 and told ourselves that the Republican Party was on the way out. We sat back in 2010 and lost, and we sat back in 2012 and told ourselves that the Republicans had an "IDENTITY CRISIS" and they could not and would not realign themselves with voters. Especially those of color or any other subjugated minority group such as LGBTQ. Even though we were hemorrhaging from the underside. We lost so many seats all the way down the ticket and it continued through 2014 and 2016. But somehow the Republican Party was the one that had to do a check up?
The Democratic Party leadership at the very top were looking at polls and looking at dollar signs but NOT at the PEOPLE! Populist politics is popular and somehow they thought that the Democrats had the edge on that. EVEN though the Democrats were taking just as much money from the big banks and corporations as the Republicans. We actively sought out to run big money candidates with out a care in the world. They thought just because they had the money and spoke about "democratic" ideas that the people would just "get it". They thought that because they had "name recognition" that they were a shoe in to win. They forgot that there is the internet and that people can look up donations and whatever else they want. They forgot that our party is not innocent. They forgot to look in the mirror.
I was right in there with them in 2008 and some of 2010. By 2012 the door knocking was changing, the messaging was off and I knew it. The party did not want to listen. Obama carried the presidency but we were in a deep slide already as far as the people were concerned.
Money is NOT the answer. Not anymore. You can shut me down and tell me to go sulk in the corner because "just don't understand" But I'll tell you what. I know people in leadership worked their way there and did what it took to fight in the past. I think they have lost their way by trying to be more like the Republicans because they are under some sort of illusion that that is how we will win. I feel I KNOW what I am talking about because I am down here in the trenches with the voters. Those of us down here know exactly what needs to be done and I am sick of people pretending that we have to "go along to get along". I call BS!
I am going to fight! We need to take this state and nation back. Yes we need to make America greater than it ever has been! This is not an election cycle job, this is a job that never stops, a job that never pays and a job that causes great pain and anger in your soul. But I am here and I will fight. If it does not feel right then I am not going to do it. I know my people. My people live in Iowa and this nation. I will do what is right for my family, my state and country. I have not felt that much patriotism since I signed my enlistment papers back in 1983.
We have a fraud as president. He will do much damage. We are to blame and we better start realizing that RIGHT NOW. We are out of excuses and time. There are things we can do and first off that is teaching our candidates to win with out big money but instead donate our time, sweat and tears to REAL progressive candidates. They will win if we help them.
I plan on having monthly meetings in my town of Cresco. I am going to dedicate myself more than I ever have, which has been a lot. I am going to start DOING what we say our party does and reach out and be unafraid to show my liberalism, my progressive nature, my love of our children, education, clean water and air.
For the life of me, I hope you will be in this with me.