Budowsky: United Democrats and Biden's New Deal

Budowsky: United Democrats and Biden's New Deal
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From sea to shining sea, for profound reasons at a critical moment in history, Democrats stand united to lead the land we love to a new era of American exceptionalism and prosperity reminiscent of the New Deal of Franklin Roosevelt and the New Frontier of John F. Kennedy.

There are three extraordinary factors creating the surge of unity throughout the Democratic Party, and the appeal of the Democratic vision to large swaths of voters who are not Democrats.

First, America and the world are battling a deadly disease that will soon bring the deaths of 100,000 Americans with a grave danger, made worse by President TrumpDonald John TrumpFauci says his meetings with Trump have 'dramatically decreased' McEnany criticizes DC mayor for not imposing earlier curfew amid protests Stopping Israel's annexation is a US national security interest MORE, of a massive second wave of death by September or October at the latest.

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Second, America is now in the midst of a Great Depression that will hopefully be short but undoubtedly demands the far-reaching policies Democrats stand for, and Republicans reject, which House Democrats now offer, and Republican leaders declare dead on arrival.

Third, America is now led by Trump, whose highly unpopular presidency insults cardinal values of democracy, Americanism, and equality and angers, frightens, alarms and motivates Democrats to an extraordinary surge of unity.

Under the leadership of former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenStopping Israel's annexation is a US national security interest Trump slams Biden staff for donating bail money to protesters At least 4,400 people arrested in connection with protests: report MORE, in concert with Democrats in the House and Senate, backed by every candidate who ran in the Democratic primaries, with the strong support of former President Obama and first lady Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaMichelle Obama celebrates seniors, tells them to 'breathe deep and dance your heart out' at virtual prom The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Mnuchin: More COVID-19 congressional action ahead Michelle Obama working with 31 mayors on increasing voter participation MORE, united Democrats are now preparing plans to respond to the crises of our times with a historic new version of a New Deal for our generation.

The front page of The New York Times on Monday brought an accurate and important story titled “Biden Pursues Ideas to Match Scale of Crisis.” As you read these words there are groups of Democrats, including voices from every segment of the party, working together to develop New Deal-magnitude programs on major issues to address the economic, financial, environmental, medical and moral crises facing America in 2020.

The core vision and uplifting plans of united Democrats speak for a majority of political independents and even some Republicans who believe Trump is destroying the party of Lincoln and attacking the fabric of Americanism that has embodied the nation at our best not for years, or decades, but for more than two centuries since 1776.

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When every Democrat who ran against Biden for the Democratic nomination stands by his side, and offers enthusiastic support, they do so with a passion, conviction and intensity that is inspiring, authentic and powerful.

When their advisers and supporters join forces to devise the coming New Deal that would define a Biden presidency, they are pursuing the noblest vision of Democrats who view America as a land of hopes and dreams — a dream at the core of Biden’s political soul — and enlightened policies of Democrats who believe leaders should think big, aim high and serve all of the people.

Today, House Democrats, under the leadership of Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Trump tweets as tensions escalate across US Judd Gregg: Biden — a path to the presidency, or not Trump asserts his power over Republicans MORE (D-Calif.), offer Americans a dramatic new relief package that includes up to $6,000 for American workers and families. It is Pelosi, not Trump, who is fighting to give Americans the relief they urgently need, while Trump writes angry tweets.

Today, former Secretary of State John KerryJohn Forbes KerryThe continuous whipsawing of climate change policy Budowsky: United Democrats and Biden's New Deal Overnight Energy: 600K clean energy jobs lost during pandemic, report finds | Democrats target diseases spread by wildlife | Energy Dept. to buy 1M barrels of oil MORE and a dynamic young progressive champion, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezTrump says he will designate antifa a terrorist organization Ocasio-Cortez rips de Blasio after police cruiser drives into crowd of protesters NYPD police cruisers lurch through group of demonstrators protesting Floyd's death MORE (D-N.Y.) are leading an effort to develop historic climate change plans that would create jobs, rally young people and rouse the conscience of the nation and the world.

There is a surge of unity and blossoming of big ideas equal to the challenge of defeating the virus that would kill us and the new Great Depression that destroys American jobs, families and spirit.

Let the president and his henchmen lie about Biden while Biden and united Democrats offer a return to American ideals, American prosperity, American justice, American security, a shared American patriotism and an uplifting revival of the American Dream that voters yearn for today, tomorrow and forever.

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.