Posted By Eric Ethington (Author) on March 31, 2011
Utah – We are definitely a wacky bunch here in Utah. Many of our Democrats are progressive, many are conservative, and more still are moderate and in the middle. So how can we possibly make this work with half the crowd clamoring for the party to move in one direction, while the other pushes for the opposite?
First off, let me be clear that I’m a progressive Democrat, and proud of it. I believe whole-heartedly that progressive ideals are better for the country and for our citizens. However, it is plainly obvious that the more conservative Democrats also have extremely valuable ideas and should in no way be considered as irrelevant. Temperance in all things right?
But here we find the problem with Utah’s Left, we are so fractured and divided over our own squabbles that we often fail to rise to the challenge of our (no denying it) powerful neighbors: the Republicans.
The solution to this problem isn’t unique, new or unknown, in fact many have been proclaiming it for years. However, although we know the solution, we have yet to grab hold of it and make it our reality. If Democrats in Utah are ever to take our majority back, we must practice what we teach and truly become the Big Tent Party. We love to toss that “big tent” phrase around, but we often fail to allow it to become the truth.
Democrats are principle-based people, and as such we tend to gravitate towards causes or issues which resonate within ourselves. Whether that be the economy, labor or social issues, we fracture ourselves and create great divides between those who should be allies.
I believe that Utah can be a Blue State, I truly do. If Colorado can do it, then so can Utah. But if that is going to become our reality than we must create it for ourselves. Progressive and Moderate and Conservative Democrats must instantly work together rather than apart. Labor should care about immigration, immigration should care about environment, environment should care about fiscal policies etc.
Only by standing as one, and recognizing that our differing views make us stronger as long as we unite, do we reach our most powerful. And we must be at our most powerful if we are ever to show the rest of Utahns that the Democratic Party is the Party for them. We are those who fight for the working citizen, for the down-trodden. We all know that Republicans do not have the citizens’ best interests at heart, and if we unite and release our full potential – Utah will see it too.
Just my two cents..