I was recently having a conversation with a friend when the topic of the Rolling Stones came up. Though we are of the same generation, he is no longer enamored with the Stones' attempts to hold back the hands of time.
He shared with me that the only way he would attend one of their concerts would be to hold up a sign that reads: "Stop, Just Stop!"
While I do not share his feelings about the Stones, I do find his sign reflective of my feelings about your party and some liberals: "Stop, Just Stop!"
Take a break. Use the holiday season for some honest self-reflection, a moratorium perhaps, but stop, just stop with the reflexive commentary on why you lost the presidential election.
It may not be as bad as you project; a mere 100,000 vote swing in two key states and it would have been the Republicans packing their bags, headed temporarily for the political wilderness. It's a cruel irony to have won the popular vote in four of the five elections this century only to have lost the presidency three of those times.
So stop with the silly hyperbole that, unless you change, the Democrats may not win another presidential election for another generation. Really?
You speak as if America is stagnant. Politics is America's ultimate cyclical enterprise.
I'm not advocating that you sit dormant. You have a Supreme Court battle that awaits, and the manner that Republican Senate usurped the Constitution in order to be in a position to replace the late Atonin Scalia justifies the fight.
I also understand the need to uncover what went wrong, but do you have enough information to make a valid assessment, roughly one month after the election? Some of your cohorts have offered that the marginalized white male is the new kingmaker of presidential elections.
You do realize there has never been a presidential election void of a segment of America that was not marginalized in some manner. Emphasizing the white male in this reactionary manner suggests that other constituencies that are part of your coalition are not as important.
That is not to offer that a portion of the white male population has not been marginalized -- they have. But the public discourse has portrayed white males as the only group that has been marginalized, at a minimum, the only group that truly matters.
I don't think that's what you're saying, but it could easily be understood that way.
Who is truly marginalized in America? How are you defining it? Is your definition based on economic factors, education or zip code? Perhaps if you sought to answer that question authentically, you may create a different coalition going forward -- a multicultural alliance based on shared economic and social aspirations.
It's not enough to engage in a battle over a diminishing slice of the pie. Maybe your task is a larger one -- one that will require a more Herculean effort. Part of your defeat in 2016 was your failure to excite members of the Apathetic Party -- the estimated 90 million who did not vote.
It is easy to doctor the numbers on the monthly jobs report by not counting those who have given up on seeking employment, not so when it comes to winning elections. Maybe it's time to rethink identity politics in its present form.
Identity politics finds its roots in the 19th century with the passage of the 15th Amendment, which gave black males the right to vote. A coalition of abolitionists, black, white and women, originally led a campaign for the ratification of universal suffrage.
When the 15th Amendment was passed by Congress and sent to the states for ratification, it created a split within the abolitionist coalition. The result became a more bifurcated approach where groups based their politics on race, gender, orientation as well as other social factors.
How long will groups be pitted against each other with similar social locations, separated only by the percentage on melanin in their skin or XY chromosomes?
Is this 146-year phenomenon still applicable in the 21st century? What's the common denominator in poor white, poor black and poor Hispanic?
Reactionary responses as to why you lost are also fueled with emotionalism that can blind you to certain truths.
But rarely has a political party remade itself inspired by knee-jerk responses. The task before you is to reclaim the spirit of the words echoed by Martin Luther King:
"We may have come on different ships, but we're all in the same boat now."
In the meantime, stop, just stop!