“Extremism in defense of liberty is no vice. Moderation in pursuit of justice is no virtue.” - Barry Goldwater
Today, Tom Perez was confirmed to be the Chair of the Democratic National Committee. Perez was seen as the establishment candidate, and the representative of the Obama/Clinton wing of the Democratic Party. This is a disappointing return to the strategies that lost the Democratic Party the 2016 elections. The people of the United States are clearly fed up with the corporate elitists who control the Democratic Party, and Tom Perez is not the radical change that is needed.
Regardless of the personal achievements or the abilities that Hillary Clinton possesses, her name is a stain on the Democratic Party that must be wiped out by radical change. Does it make sense to stick with the policies of a losing candidate? I would argue that if the Democratic Party wishes to fight Donald Trump in an effective manner, we must adopt the radical and grassroots tactics of the Tea Party that were so successful. The Town Halls, the Marches, these are actions that have been extremely effective, the trick is to keep the momentum going.
Tom Perez is undoubtedly an intelligent and qualified person for the job, but he is not what the Democratic Party needs. We need a revolutionary firebrand like Keith Ellison, not a qualified bureaucrat like Tom Perez. The Democratic Party is coming to the fight with kiddy gloves on, and the Republicans are bringing out the brass knuckles. This cultural sensitivity and compassion is something that the Democratic Party needs to keep, but we need to stand for our values. The Republicans are nominating extremist candidates and using unorthodox and seemingly ridiculous tactics, and the Democratic Party needs to do the same.
Tom Perez has promised to continue Howard Dean’s 50-state strategy, which is an excellent strategy, and one that will win elections. The Democratic Party must fight at all levels of government, and use vicious and hard-nosed tactics, because at the end of the day that is what wins elections. Political Moderation is fantastic to use if you’re the party in power, and the Democratic Party is not.
The victory of Perez shows that the Democratic Party is not changing and responding to the will of the vast majority of liberals. In the future, I would recommend that DNC elections be opened to all registered Democrats, not just the 144 members of the Democratic National Committee. The Democratic Party must be the voice of the ordinary people of the United States, not just the leadership in Washington.
In conclusion, if the Democratic Party wants to move past the failures of the Clinton wing of the party, we must adopt the tactics of the Tea Party, and fight the Republicans at an equal level. No struggle has ever been won by reverting to the tactics of the previous loser.