Budowsky: From House Dems to Hollywood

Budowsky: From House Dems to Hollywood
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Like the political cannon fired by patriots at Lexington and Concord, the American people have ended the one-party state in Washington dominated by a president who campaigned on an unprecedented platform of hatred and fear and have chosen House Democrats to lead the People’s House in a coequal branch of government.

The Trump presidency, as we know it, is dead. The resistance has landed at Normandy. House Democrats have won the political equivalent of taking Omaha Beach. There were no champagne toasts in the Kremlin after this election. Democracy in America is revived. The enemies of democracy have been put on notice. The sheriff for freedom, justice and democracy — a Democratic House — will soon be back in town wielding the gavel among other things.

For the next two years of the Trump presidency not one bill will be signed into law without approval from the Democratic House. Not one more corruption or scandal will be covered up by a Republican House.


President TrumpDonald TrumpHouse votes to condemn Chinese government over Hong Kong Former Vice President Walter Mondale dies at age 93 White House readies for Chauvin verdict MORE’s unprecedented campaign of hatred and fear, which he brags was vindicated on Election Day, destroyed the Republican House. It gave birth to a powerful revival of democratic spirit throughout the nation, which hungers for the nobler vision of politics that will make the bell toll again for Trump in the presidential and congressional elections in 2020, if not sooner.

From Hollywood, stars including Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio and Oprah Winfrey offer dramatic pleas for Americans to vote. From Washington, Democrats reach out with conviction to grass-roots America to rise for democracy. Resistance to Trump has grown to a powerful passion for justice that will ultimately triumph over all threats from at home and abroad.

Beto O’Rourke, Stacey Abrams and Andrew Gillum are the future that is arriving. Democrats do not inspire support from white supremacists or terrorists who send bombs to political opponents.

In the Oct. 31 issue of The Hollywood Reporter I took out a full page ad proposing that the creative communities rekindle the spirit of days when JFK and Frank Sinatra brought artists and political leaders together to lift the nation and change the world.

From today through the 2020 elections Democrats and the creative community should unite as Kennedy and Sinatra did — to wage an epic and historic battle for human rights, basic decency, simple justice and voting rights that are the heart of democracy and freedom. 

House Democrats should launch an aggressive investigation of all attacks against voting rights, and all suppression of minority voters, by GOP officials wherever they occurred. Brian Kemp, the secretary of state of Georgia who insults the legacy of a great Republican who bore the same last name, should be called to testify under oath about allegations made against him by Georgia citizens and undocumented allegations he makes against Democrats.

In the House of Representatives, the war against women has been lost. The women have won. In the House Intelligence Committee the partisan war against special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerWhy a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel CNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump MORE and the FBI will end. The investigation of Russian attacks against democracy will begin in earnest. In a Democratic House, the war against ObamaCare has been lost. The battles to improve health care for Americans, achieve equal pay for women, save the earth from polluters and lift the minimum wage will be revived in force.

Democrats can lead a great patriotic wave of Americans to defend justice, protect democracy and fight like lions against all who would destroy the right to vote.   

Democrats can tap the idealism and passion of those in creative communities who create brilliant works of democracy such as “Hamilton,” sing epic songs about the Chimes of Freedom, produce timeless works about bands of brothers, inspire Americans to vote on Election Day, rise in support of the rights of women, stand with blacks and Hispanics whose rights are under ruthless and hostile attack, and direct landmark documentary films about the plight of workers and the greatness of Robert Kennedy.

Democrats will now control the House. The times they are a-changin’.  The future is now.

Budowsky was an aide to former Sen. Lloyd Bentsen (D-Texas) and former Rep. Bill Alexander (D-Ark.), who was chief deputy majority whip of the House of Representatives. He holds an LLM in international financial law from the London School of Economics.