“Today we march, tomorrow we vote” are the words of the thousands of Dreamers and Immigration Reform advocates who marched in their white t-shirts sometime ago across the country and under the American flag. Those words have had a major echo in the “March for Our Lives,” an event attended by at least 800,000 this past weekend in Washington D.C. and millions more in the United States and around the world.
Although the causes are different (Immigration Reform for one group and Gun Control for the other), it is in fact the new majority speaking to the country and they will be heard because our future depends on it. There are many detractors to the Movements because Immigration Reform and Gun Control go against the stance of those in power for the moment.
Senator Marco Rubio (R-Florida) has registered his opposition to the weekend marchers and former Senator Rick Santorum, a Republican from Pennsylvania went as far as to says that, “How about kids instead of looking to someone else to solve their problems, do something...to deal with situations that when there is a violent shooter that you can respond to that.”
If you notice, Senator Santorum, the kids are not waiting for “someone else to solve their problems” because it is becoming more and more their country and less and less the domain of those who have created corruption and chaos beyond the bounds of democratic decency and fair play.
For those that are inclined to wait out the grievances of the young people, you may have to wait a long time because there is a sense that the country is in for a major change. The fake claims and the chaos caused by this administration and its allies in Congress is sobering up Republicans to the point that some are not going to run for reelection in 2018 and others are leaving the Party altogether.
It was President Reagan that famously said in 1962, “I did not leave the Democratic Party, the Party left me.” In June, 2016, George Will, the well-known and award-winning columnist expressed the same view but this time about why he was leaving the Trump-led Republican Party.
For over a year we have head alarming revelations from the investigations into Russian meddling with our national election and the role Trump operatives have played in that behavior. Now we are hearing of another very serious Republican campaign behavior that mirrors that meddling.
It appears that Republicans led by the Trump Campaign contracted Cambridge Analytica, a data mining firm, to extract information from more than 50 million Facebook users and developed profiles and ways to get the victims to vote their way. It is clear that the Russian interference on the outside together with the influencing of votes from the inside changed the character of the election and has led to an illegitimate political leadership.
Now we are reaping the results of corruption in our elections as the Republican Party can not independently do anything else but be part of the chaos and as it was part of the crime. Republicans, especially in Colorado need to take a close look in the mirror and seek a new direction.
The new generation that is the new majority and their advocacy need to be honored by the power structure as a beginning for a new era in American politics. This generation represents the potential of a country that again can be more transparent and united in the face of an uncertain world.