This feature includes different perspectives on who should be the Presidential nominee for the Democratic Committee. We are committed to supporting the eventual nominee. We also believe it is useful to share different points of view.
Progressivism is Necessary to Address Our Current and Future Challenges
By Chance Lee
Thanks in no small part to the work of politicians like Bernie Sanders, ideas with progressive roots like Universal Basic Income and curbing free markets, once considered beyond the pale by moderate voices, have gained firm footholds in the popular imagination. With COVID-19 spreading across the country, these proposals are finally achieving the semblance of political salience. We live under the thumb of a right-wing administration, yet Congress is cutting Americans direct checks while the President’s handpicked economic czar flirts openly with state-owned equity in private business. We live in strange times. This crisis is forcing us to test the limits of our political horizons, and it becomes ever more apparent that progressive change is not only within our reach but a matter of necessity.
At a basic level, progressives propose reorienting our societal investments to empower the real people and workers who create value. One argument, though, has haunted single-payer healthcare, publicly funded universities, and other progressive policies for decades: the proposed cost. Election cycle after election cycle, the same tired rejoinder of “how are we going to pay for it?” rises like a vampire from its coffin and drains Democratic enthusiasm for progressive change. The federal response to the global pandemic at our doorstep finally drives a stake through this Nosferatu’s heart as our federal reserve pumps trillions into markets through record-shattering bond-buying and repurchase agreements. It’s no longer tenable for our leaders to say the alternative course is a financial impossibility.
The situation itself exposes the true cost of our misaligned priorities and how vital it is we shift to a progressive course. None of the measures so far to cushion Wall Street have staunched the bleeding nor has our privatized health system left us with the capacity to address the virus’s human toll. The bets we placed on job creators and big businesses aren’t paying off; instead, we find ourselves relying on increasingly precarious essential workers to keep fragile supply chains intact while the number of nonessential unemployed creeps upwards.
Programs like Medicare for All ultimately put the country in a better position to combat crises, allowing our institutions to be proactive instead of reactive. The current strategy, delivering a one-time stimulus, or proposals to waive COVID-19 treatment costs, won’t prepare us for the inevitable next disaster. Emergency progressivism can’t fix the structural failures that lead us to this moment and facing the challenges the future holds requires us to tackle these problems with a comprehensive progressive agenda.
Why I’m Ridin’ With Biden
By Ethan C. Lynne (PHHS Sophomore)
Courage, that is the word I would use to describe Joe Biden. That cannot be said for most normal politicians, but Joe is not a normal politician. After being elected as the youngest U.S. senator ever at 29, he got sworn in in his son’s hospital room after losing his wife and daughter in a car accident. He served in that capacity for decades, giving him the much-needed government experience that is extremely helpful to become the President. When you’re president, you have to have a lot of allies, both in the country and around the world, and Joe already has that. In 2008, after agreeing to serve as Vice-President on one of the most historic presidential campaigns in history, he fully immersed himself in the political world. He has been a Democrat his whole life, never switching to an independent, unlike Senator Sanders. After seeing his margins on Super Tuesday winning almost every county in most states, and his huge percentage of the African-American electorate, it is clear, the candidate who can win is Joe. We must choose the Democrat with courage, and experience over the independent with widely controversial promises.
Don't Let the Perfect be the Enemy of the Good
By Ashley Hall
Let us not forget ... if we get a progressive Democrat in office, we can move him more to the middle. If we get a moderate Democrat in office, we can move him more to the left. We can call, we can march, we can shine a light on issues important to us, and these issues will fall on Democratic ears and the ears of their Democratic advisors. Not the case if Donald Trump wins a second term. So when it’s time to volunteer, time to call, time to vote, the Democrat on the ballot may not represent everything you want or need at the moment, but whoever it is, they are a HECK of a lot closer to your ideals than the current President in office. It’s a cliché, but clichés can be true. Don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good.