In a recent article in the Charlotte Observer, Jim Morrill wrote, “As much as any N.C. contest, the primary in Senate District 38 reflects national Democratic divisions between progressive ideals and pragmatic moderation.”
Any agreement with the “other side” is now viewed as cause for uproar. When Chuck Schumer dared to back a handful of Trump’s Cabinet picks, activists protested outside his apartment. Nancy Pelosi was shouted down by activists who were angry that her proposed immigration deal with Trump did not cover more people.
Democrats have to be realistic as long as we are in the minority. Unless we, as Democrats in North Carolina, can come up with an agenda that will appeal to both the rural and suburban communities, we will continue to be in the minority. I, as a Democrat representing my constituency, don’t have the luxury of not engaging the leadership in the super-majority to help my district.
Unfortunately, such pragmatic problem-solving is currently out of fashion. Elected officials who try to break the partisan gridlock risk their political careers. The vocal minority of the far-left and far-right drown out the reasonable voices from the silent majority who identify closer to the center. Now that it is election season, the vocal minority is loud!
In response to the article, Patrick A. Walters wrote, “I applaud Joel Ford, a moderate pragmatist that proves compromise is not necessarily a bad thing, especially in politics. The far left and far right have hijacked the major parties and spew venom at each other. I think most of us are moderates, with some beliefs left and some beliefs right. So, Mutjab Mohammed, the last thing we need is a political extremist that adamantly shuns bipartisanship.”
While I listen to all of my constituents, I want those of you at home, at work and raising children who are too busy to play politics – I want you to know, I hear you, the silent majority who are just trying to get by. I promise to continue to work hard for you in the General Assembly and deliver results as I have done over the past six years.