Progressive Policies will Strengthen American Democracy
Alan Minsky for the PDA National Team
We are at one of the most significant transitional moments in American history. The four-year-long national nightmare known as the Trump Administration is about to come to a close, and we’re hoping that the incoming Administration’s competent distribution of vaccines will lift us out of the worst public health crisis in a century.
These two social traumas have also conspired to devastate the economy.
President-elect Biden has adopted “Build Back Better” as the slogan for his incoming administration. We progressives have to do everything in our power to make sure these are not hollow words. Failure to build a better world in the wake of these traumatic crises will play right into the hands of the reactionary Republican Party.
Even before Trump or the pandemic, American society was rife with crises that needed to be addressed: mass homelessness, mass incarceration, unprecedented wealth inequality, systemic and structural racism, unaffordable healthcare, and a higher education system so costly it graduated people into lives of debt peonage.
Only progressives advocate for policies that honestly address these crises—as well as our racist policing and criminal justice system, and of the climate emergency that represents a premature death sentence for all of humanity.
We can have Medicare for All, well-funded schools, tuition-free public colleges, a fair justice system, zero poverty, and a prosperous middle-class society. Many countries in the world already have these policies, and the United States can join their ranks—and we can do so while leading the way to overcome the climate emergency.
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