This is the future of Government….and thank god

It might take some time but there is definitely the next generation of people who are tossing their hat in the ring to run for office.  I, for one, can hardly wait to see these women win at the voting booth.   A list of 100+ Black Women running for office.  Emily’s list also announced that over 20,000 women are running.  It might have been a crazy 2017 with the overwhelming din from the White House that the world was falling apart and was completely disconnected from the data that is out there but their lies and anger have created a movement of American women who are jumping in to run for office and that is a very good thing.

I do fear power and corruption of all Government officials when they have been in office too long but I want to be optimistic when I see that more women, more Black’s and more Latino’s run with the hope that will have a more diverse group of people leading our country and those constituencies that they represent will force more collaboration and conversation.  Let’s hope so because certainly, these people represent what America looks like and that is a good thing even though Trump would prefer to see something else.  Just like gender-diverse companies show a better ROI, diverse communities are more interesting and I believe are better for all of us.

As this year winds down, I am giving a lot of thought to the past year and the year ahead.  Someone asked the question at a lunch yesterday “Does Democracy still work”?  I believe it does but just like everything else, things evolve and technology has been the root of shifts from jobs to new industries to the death of other industries and as a democracy, we have to be able to change with the world around us.  It just seems to take a little while for Government to catch up to the private sector and certainly the faces of many in power that are predominantly white male and over 65 is not future thinkers I want to see in power making decisions.

Change is afoot, and the data around the sheer amount of new faces running for offices is real and powerful.  I am looking forward to 2018 to see where all of this takes us.

Comments (Archived):

  1. awaldstein

    As am i.Though must admit in the last week I severed relationships with some conservative friends over the tax bill.I simply cannot extricate the people from the laws they make. I can accept differences of opinion, I can’t accept that anything good can come from people who support the worst of humanity.A clean sweep. Blocked trolls (as below) and all.I’m done and moving forward and feel lighter and positive.

    1. Gotham Gal

      Agree loud and clear

    2. Jeremy Robinson

      I completely agree both of you. New Yorker mag has been doing a great job of covering the disturbing spectacle of Trump’s attempt to corrupt almost all of our democratic institutions and destroy the environment. Emily’s List is one hopeful green shoot of an organization which I’ve contributed to as well- is making inroads but it can’t happen fast enough for any of us. I’m also deep disturbed by how badly the Republican party has become corrupted. It’s like all their values have been taken over by Fox News. A nightmare. Democratic party has been playing defense way too long and needs to get its act together. Yesterday. I think the corruption of the Clintons- both of them- set us back. This tax bill is going to cause a sharp recession in about 18-24 months- government debt is going to skyrocket and Republicans will move to fund it by slashing all programs that help the poor and also move to privatize social security. Hopefully, the 2018 elections make some inroads against these disturbing chain of events.

      1. JLM

        .@jeremyrobinson You will recall that Nobel Laureate Krugman predicted we would have a worldwide recession and the US stock market would crash if Trump won.That not only did not happen, but we are enjoying a lovely move up in the economy and the markets.When US taxes are reduced, the economy surges, since JFK.The Dems have no intellectually compelling idea – except being against tax cuts and promulgating higher taxes – upon which to run.Perhaps, we should make a tidy wager?Merry ChristmasJLMwww.themusingsofthebigredca…

    3. JLM

      .It saddens me greatly to find out that your friendship is founded on tax policy.Most friendships are more complex than tax policy. Seems like such a shallow basis for befriending someone, and, worse, for de-friending someone.I wish you the peace of the season and hope in that peace you re-discover the warmth and love in those things which are not tax policy.You seem unable to recover from the results of the election. It is time to rejoin the human race and move on. Politics, including tax policy, is a small part of a well-rounded person’s life.Happy holidays.JLM http://www.themusingsofthebigredca...

  2. Ella Dyer

    Here’s to more positive change, which we recently witnessed up close and personal when a dear friend was elected (…. She’s an amazing person and her area is fortunate to have her in a leadership role. From being Ms. Alaska (beating the future Sara Palin) to being the first person of color to be elected in her current position, she shares great hope for the future.

    1. Gotham Gal


  3. JLM

    .The last Presidential election was between an elderly, establishment, white woman of a Dem dynasty v a part time, amateur, equally elderly white male candidate.One candidate rigged the nomination.The other candidate ran against the premise the election was rigged. As a former rigger, he knew of what he spoke.The old white guy outworked the old white woman.The part time amateur, in a very conventional manner with a superior message which resonated with an angry electorate, out worked his opponent, went where the Electoral College told him to go, and spoke directly to the voters.The old guy re-invented messaging using Twitter.If one wants to win elections, the emphasis has to be on the electorate, the message, the level of effort, the blocking and tackling rather than the candidate. You have to run a great campaign.Candidate Trump has defined what is required to win.No amount of quota politics will ever overcome execution.JLM http://www.themusingsofthebigredca...

    1. SFG

      Like you say, the last election was not about race, gender or age. It was about execution. That’s life.

  4. SFG

    I find all of the rhetoric about race and gender more than a bit disturbing. Humanity is so much deeper. Elections are what they are. People speak their voice and life goes on. I hope that you get all of your black, woman and Latino minions elected and that this brings you the world in which you desire. Personally, I’ll focus on policy.

  5. LE

    My niece is working for Christina Hartman (PA 16th district) who was endorsed by Emily’s list:https://christinamhartman.c…She moved from DC to Lancaster for the job; At first she was in upstate NY but that candidate decided to drop out of the race a few months ago.