My friendly advice to House Democrats
Congratulations, Democrats, on winning the House. I hope Democrats can expand their majority and reach out to those that haven’t supported them. I hope Democrats find areas where they can work with President Trump — such as criminal justice reform, lowering healthcare costs and infrastructure — rather then bogging down the nation with prolonged investigations and impeachment talks that will surely fail in the Senate.
Hopefully, Democrats realize that the “Blue Wave” ran into a Red Wall. Unprecedented amounts of money from New York and California was used to influence the will of the voters, yet the candidates who hugged the likes of Barack Obama and Hollywood celebrities lost. U.S. Senate candidate Beto O’Rourke of Texas had the backing of Hollywood and was defeated. What won the day was local politics.
I believe America needs two healthy parties instead of the party of Trump. I will let sane, sober Democrats who are not on the far left in on a secret. There are many conservatives who care about the poor and healthcare and who want to fix our broken immigration system. I want poor people to get out of poverty instead of being mired in it. I believe healthcare should be treated as a product instead of pushing one-size-fits-all solutions.
Hopefully, Democrats will find their own President Trump: someone who thinks outside the system, takes on the media and isn’t beholden to big donors. I think Michael Moore, Alec Baldwin or Dwayne Johnson would give Trump competition. If Democrats go with Cory Booker or Kamala Harris, Trump will win in a landslide. As long as Democrats are slaves to Hollywood, George Soros and the Clinton/Obama machine, they will continue to lose. I hope the Democratic party heeds my warnings. I would like them to control one branch of government.
However, it’s disheartening that some Democrats don’t know how to concede gracefully. Whenever Democrats lose elections, they blame everything except themselves. It’s always Russian bots, voter suppression or racism. My advice to Stacey Abrams and Andrew Gillum is to concede! You lost not because of racism or voter suppression, but because the people rejected your ideas.
While some will play the race card, facts are that Ron DeSantis, who ran against Gillum, won 44 percent of the Latino vote and 14 percent of the Black vote, despite the fact his opponent is Black. Brian Kemp ran against Abrams, who is also Black, yet won votes from 75 percent of White women, 37 percent of Latinos and an impressive 11 percent of Black men, according to CNN exit polls.
The people of Florida and Georgia were not impressed with Oprah and Barack Obama. Many Hispanics and other minorities realize that conservative policies work. Florida and Georgia have no state taxes, great economies and plenty of jobs. Many people who have great jobs and decent healthcare aren’t interested in radical progressive policies that will turn their states into New York and California.
Economist Thomas Sowell once said, “There are no solutions, only trade offs.” D.C. has many social programs, extensive regulations and extreme poverty rates, while the South has fewer services but a lower cost of living. The truth is that many Black, Hispanic and elderly people are fleeing high tax states such as New York and migrating to the South.
Hopefully, the influx of new Democrats elected in states such as Kansas and Oklahoma like winning elections instead of being beholden to the New York and California interests that have ran the Democrats into the ground. Hopefully, these new Democrats move back to bread-and-butter politics and centrist policies and diminish the power of California and New York.
Jeffery McNeil is an artist and vendor with Street Sense Media who also writes for the Washington Examiner.