There is good news to be found -- if you know where to look. It's in the conviction and courage of everyday people stepping up to move our country to higher ground. The actions these people have taken are silver linings in an election that has tested our belief in America and, at times, humanity.
For Americans, a job doesn't have to be a luxury, it should be a right.
Accurately and insightfully, Stronger Together points out that the debate over Social Security is distorted by "years of mythmaking, claiming we cannot afford Social Security and that the only solution is to cut the benefits on which 90 percent of American seniors rely."
Social Security provides the majority of income for two out of three retirees and seven out of ten people with disabilities. It provides virtually all of the income for one out of three seniors and people with disabilities. It lifts over 20 million people -- including over a million children -- out of poverty and lessens the depth of poverty for millions more.
I feel good about what we accomplished with this year's Democratic Party's platform. I say this not only as a proud member of the five person team Bernie Sanders picked to serve on the Platform Drafting Committee, but also as the first Arab American to have served in that capacity.
Senior turnout will play a huge role in November's elections which means Democrats must continue to say what they mean, and mean what they say in a full-throated defense against attacks to America's most effective health and retirement security programs.
Republicans are calling their document the "strongest pro-Israel platform, ever", while Democrats are terming their language on Israel/Palestine the "most progressive, ever". In a sense, both are right. The problem is that I know Israeli peace activists who would seriously question the GOP claim and I know Palestinians who are deeply disappointed with the Democrats' final product.
Progressives seem to be livid. I share their disgust. But at least we know where we're really headed now if we elect Hillary.