This thread is for discussing the way forward for Democrats and Progressives after the results of the 2016 election.
Hillary Clinton and the Democratic party lost the presidential election to Donald Trump, and lost a very real shot at flipping the Senate to boot.
Where do we go from here?
Is neoliberalism dead? Is progressivism the way forward, or do we need something new? How can Democrats better appeal to the voters it lost? What can we do to actually help at-risk populations, including minorities and the working class, instead of just paying them lip service?
Here's some of the things I'd like to see:
Democrats emphasizing that social justice is not incompatible with helping the white working class.
A decreased focus on programs that are perceived as "handouts" and an increased focus on labor rights. The social safety net is important but we also need to listen to people when they say they don't want welfare, they want jobs, and they don't just want crap jobs with long hours and little pay, they want good jobs. It's probably not possible to bring manufacturing back to the Rust Belt but I think Democrats need a better plan for training and employing these people. Democrats need to get back to championing workers' rights. Increased wages, better job security, improved benefits, these are things that are broadly popular.
I think Democrats need to focus less on the presidency and federal power and more on state and local races. Even here in liberal Mass, Republicans often get state and local positions because Dems can't get their act together. That's ridiculous. A lot of Trump's rollbacks are going to involve returning federal power to state and local governments in areas such as social liberties, education and environmental protection, and they'll have a lot less bite if those state and local governments are actually reasonable.