It did not take much time for the new Chairman of the Democratic National Committee, Thomas Perez, to develop an attack against Donald Trump. In a recent tweet, Perez stated that the Trump administration should not get “too happy.” This is in response to President Trump’s tweet which congratulated Thomas Perez on his election as the new Chairman.
Whether the tweet was a true congratulation or a satirical pun is unclear. The president did not fully elaborate. He only implied that this was good “for the Republican Party.” Mr. Perez responded, “Call me Tom,” and invited the president to remember that he “will be your worst nightmare.”
Discussions such as this are more reminiscent of pre-game speeches for football players than for party leaders. When did Twitter become such a main medium for political rhetoric? President Trump is, with all respect, the Republican party leader; and, Tom Perez is the Democratic party leader. Both leaders need to heal the divides that are imbedded within each party.
Many liberal leaders are not happy with the DNC pick for Chairman. Keith Ellison was the closest contender for the position. The progressives of the party cited that he was a better candidate to represent the “new movement” of the party. They lamented that the party was not quite ready for such dramatic change. These same supporters are also known as the Berns, that is supporters of Bernie Sanders who want “a party for the people, not big money.” It is important to note the Bernie is a Jew and Keith is a Muslim.
The Republican party also faces some challenges. During the primaries, Donald Trump attacked his own party. He questioned the leadership. Now he is reshaping the party into what some may say is more liberal than the Obama administration. Grassroots activists sought a break from the government of President Barrack Obama. They created the Tea Party.
Many Americans recognize the yellow flags with “Don’t tread on me” prominently displayed. These are previous libertarians and, to some degree, nationalists who want a democracy that represents American values. This brings the question of Keith Ellison to full circle. The government must decide what are “American values.”
Was the nomination of Perez, in part, based on the fact that his greatest contender is an open Muslim? This is a question that the American political system must address before the nation before there can be any resolution among the divided parties, and the divided America. Trump’s “supposed” ban against Muslim countries, his selection of Steve Bannon, and the rally speeches about saying “Merry Christmas again” are not tender intricacies. They are port-to-call actions.
According to a Gallop Poll in 2015, at least 3/4s of the nation lean towards Christianity as a religion. What the poll does not clarify is what type of Christianity. Nor does it express the degree of intensity of that identification. Is the Muslim faith in direct opposition to the Christian faith? Americans need to see some clarity on this. There are extremist Jewish, Christian, Muslim, and other religious leaders in this world. However, the post- 911 America may be more inclined to lay blame on an easy target.
Timothy McVee is almost a distant memory. The Waco Texas debacle is long forgotten. The IRA controversies are not mentioned. The DNC has much to work out for its party. At the moment, it seems to be fighting “too many causes.” What does the DNC expect its members to represent? This is the major question for Perez.
He truly has an uphill battle. The RNC already has a grass roots movement. That movement recently became validated with the change candidate, Donald Trump. What will be the movement of the DNC? Will it also develop a movement of change, or will it keep its standards of operation procedures?