A quote that is falsely attributed to Charles Darwin says, “ It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is most adaptable to change.” Regardless of the source, the idea stands, the idea that adaptation is the key to survival is one that logically makes sense.
Under the leadership of Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the Democratic Party has become too focused on social change instead of economic change, failing to present our economic agenda in an effective manner and instead focusing on the groups that Donald Trump aggressively vilified.. In addition, evidence shows that the DNC treated Bernie Sanders unfairly in the primaries. Regardless of the truth of that, it turned many Bernie voters away from voting Democratic.
The Democratic Party needs a new face, new leaders, and we need to rethink what we want to focus on in order to win elections. Keith Ellison is the change that the Democratic Party needs in order to win again. Rep. Ellison is the first Black Muslim in Congress, and endorsed Bernie Sanders in the primaries, and in the general he emerged as one of the strongest advocates for the Clinton Campaign. He is young, progressive, and the leader that we need. Keith Ellison stands for the ideals that made the Democratic Party great, Ellison has a 100% rating from NARAL, and is generally regarded as a progressive who stands by his beliefs.
Keith Ellison is running against several others for Chair of the DNC, including former Presidential Candidates Howard Dean and Martin O’Malley. Howard Dean was the grassroots progressive candidate in the 2004 election, and head of the DNC for quite a few years, however he is not the right choice. Howard Dean is employed by a Health Care Lobbying Firm, and opposes a single-payer healthcare system. In addition, the lobbying firm that he works for merged with a Chinese State-owned law firm. He is the face of the old Democratic Party, and we need a new one in order to reach out to the American People and ensure that we win more elections.
. Keith Ellison is the reputation that the Democratic Party deserves and needs. The Democratic Party is the party of the people, and the party that needs to stand against the corporate interest groups and the corruption that pervades the Government. In this we have failed. Electing Howard Dean as the head of the Democratic Party is akin to trying to save a dying horse instead of getting a new one.
In order to gain the respect of the American People, the Democratic Party must end the influence of corporations in the party structure, and instead look to ordinary people for change. Donald Trump won because he was new, and he promised change. Whether or not he will actually do what he promises is debatable, however Hillary Clinton was seen as a relic of the past. Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump did so well because they promised real change through the power of ordinary people. Bernie promised real change, and stood by what he believes in, instead of promising progressive ideas and changing your position because you’re losing like what Hillary did. We need that kind of leadership in order to succeed, and Keith Ellison is that change.
Keith Ellison has the support of Harry Reid, Chuck Schumer, Bernie Sanders, and Elizabeth Warren, and would bring vitality and a fresh face to the ranks of the DNC. Keith Ellison is incorruptible, progressive, and intelligent. If the Democratic Party wants to reinvent itself, Keith Ellison is the right choice.