A simple, proven effective, plan:
Newt Gingrich utilized a very effective strategy in the election of 1994. He and Richard Armey drafted ten pieces of legislation, packaged them as the “Contract with America” and asked every Republican candidate for the U. S. House of Representatives to pledge to support. The strategy proved to be very effective. The Republicans picked up 52 seats and took control of the House for the first time in 40 years.
Democrats in Oregon utilized a similar strategy, with progressive legislation, in the 2006 election and were equally successful, flipping the state legislature from Republican control to Democratic control in a single election.
“Our Promise to America” is designed to utilize this same strategy in 2018, for both houses of Congress, with ten powerful pieces of legislation drawn directly from the Democratic Party platform. We are encouraging state parties to do state-specific versions in all 50 states.
A modest proposal:
Expecting a political party’s candidates to agree with and support most of the planks in a party platform is a fairly modest expectation. However, corporate influence within the Democratic Party has led to a notable lack of support for the legislation called for in the party platform.
The Republican Party, more open in their support of corporate interests, has demonstrated a great deal of unity in pushing the corporate agenda. Their attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act, which would have taken health insurance away from over 20 million people, came with a single vote in the Senate of passing. Their giant tax cut for corporations and tax-averse billionaires passed with only a single dissenting vote in the Senate.
There is not a single piece of legislation called for in the Democratic Party platform that has anywhere near that level of support.
Robert M. LaFollette once remarked that, “If the people want a government of their own, they must do the work of making it their own.” We believe that doing that work today begins with making the Democratic Party the party of the people it claims to be. And that work comes with helping voters identify which Democratic members of Congress have been corrupted by corporate contributions and convincing them to support legislation drawn from the party platform, or voting them out of office in primary elections.
This web site is designed to help voters and activists support Democratic candidates who will support and vote for legislation drawn from our platform and cast informed votes in Democratic primaries.
This is what democracy looks like.
This is what our political revolution looks like.
Bad government is the problem. Good government is the solution.