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    History May Define These Days But How Will We Shape Tomorrow

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    Ten years from today, historians will likely still be debating how exactly did the nation elect Donald Trump as president.  By then—if there has not been an even greater catastrophe—a plethora of books will be written about the factors that made it possible to elect someone so unqualified for the presidency.  I can imagine a bookstore full of aa range of books on the Russian interference, voter suppression, a poor campaign strategy by Democrats and the unintended consequences of globalization antagonizing workers in rust belt states will fill a book store. 

    The book we should be writing now is what Democrats got wrong in 2015.  What opportunity did we miss to position the progressive agenda in the US?    

    Based on an NPR story by Ron Elving the events surrounding President Barack Obama’s nominee for Supreme Court Justice, Merrick Garland.   When Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnel proudly rebuked the President’s choice there weren’t any massive street protests.   Let’s face it: we all thought that person was going to be Hilary Clinton and that Garland would be named during her presidency.  If that seat on the Supreme Court had been filled as it should have been—the safe guards on a balance of power would be in place and frankly I'd sleep better at night.

    The essential question now is what are we missing today that poses the same existential threat to our nation’s progress for civil rights and social justice? What are we not doing today that will make the nation fall short of its highest ideals?  Let’s not allow the daily distraction of the outrageous statements coming from the White House distract us from doing the work that needs to be done to get back on track.