THE HOUSE turns blue


We made calls, canvased, protested, we made art and wrote political commentary. We voted in record numbers to try to recover some power from the corrupt forces in Washington. We didn’t get everything we wanted, but we DID make progress. Primarily, we turned the House blue, which gives us at least a fighting chance. Now that we can set the agenda in the House, we can once again fight for affordable healthcare, reasonable prices for drugs and to protect the 130 million Americans living with pre-existing conditions. We’ll do what we can to protect Medicaid, Medicare and Social Security. We’ll channel resources towards shoring up our infrastructure. We’ll fight for a living wage for all Americans. A blue Congress means a Congress that works for the people.

“We will drain the swamp of dark interest money. The Democratic Congress will be led with transparency and openness so the public can see what’s happening and how it affects them.” Nancy Pelosi

According to Leader Pelosi, a vote on campaign finance reform legislation tops the agenda, which rocks, but we don’t have much power to make these things a reality when we only control once branch of government. We’ll have to wait until 2020 when we take back the Presidency to really have impact. Our fight is not over.

But here’s what we CAN do. Since the Blues will now have control of Congress, they can set the agenda. They also will chair all of the committees, which means that committee chairs will have the power to call top Trump administrations officials to appear at hearings to answer questions about their actions. We’ll be able to look into all the nefarious activities the Reds have been committing and covering up. And we will, to some small extent, be able to hold the President in check.

Demographics continue to change in our favor. Millennials and the younger crowd are voting in larger numbers. More women are in positions of power. It’s not some huge, rip-roaring win. But it’s a step forward in our fight to bring some sanity back into Washington.  We’re moving in a better direction and I know I’ll sleep a little better tonight.  I’m loving a blue House. How about you? @blueravenartist