I’m back! I stopped blogging over a year ago after starting work in the New York State legislature.
But, on the occasion of the President’s inauguration, I figured there would be no better time than now to start blogging again.
I think that the President is staking out his claim as a true, progressive President. If you listened to the President’s inaugural address, you heard the nation’s leader thread through the history of struggle among historically disadvantage people, including recent generation immigrants, women (with respect to gender equality, pay equity), ethnic minorities (with respect to civic rights, including the right to vote, among others), along with lesbian, gay, trans-gender and bisexual Americans. You heard a President reaffirm that, although he is often labeled as a center-right Republican, at heart, he IS committed to progress for, what many call “the least of these.” This makes him a “progressive.”
But, will his governance match the rhetoric from his speech?
Remember, Democrats do not control the House, because, well, we stayed home in 2010 and allowed the first woman Speaker of the House to lose her job. Let’s look to a recent example as a guide. After the shootings in Newtown, Connecticut, the President tasked Vice President Biden with coming up with proposals – executive and legislative actions which he adopted. They include 23 separate executive orders and legislation to increase background checks and to close the gun show loophole, among others. If passed, universal background checks would be instated, and the assault weapons ban (which Biden originally passed in the 90s) would be reinstated.
With this move, the President’s shown a willingness to use the full power of his office to implement progressive policies. At least, progressive vis-a-vis the Republican Party political strategy (and platform?) of “No.”
We’ll see. Let me know your thoughts.
Until next time!