First, who is Katie Porter? She won a seat in the House in 2018; a seat which was held by a Republican for years. She now represents the 45th district of California. Like her constituents who became part of the “pink wave” in the midterm elections, she has been active in the House working for the men and women who elected her. And she’s not slowing down.
In an unprecedented act, she is launching a PAC to support other progressive candidates who are running in areas formerly dominated by “conservatives.”
You might be telling yourself, “so what.” Open your mind and look at the facts.
Polls prove that more Americans are progressive than regressive. There is no middle ground here. Either you choose to follow Trump backwards into the ‘dark ages’ of America’s past, or move forwards into the 21st century, joining the rest of developed nations.
None of this should surprise you. Although our dysfunctional government in Washington is primarily composed of old, white, men, our nation’s population is more diverse and the average age of all Americans is 38.2 years old.
In case this is the first time you have read one of my articles, here are two facts which can enlighten you about our nation’s future elections.
Millennials have surpassed baby boomers as America’s largest voting bloc. Combined with ‘Generation X’ they will dominate the vote if they simply go to the polls.
Second, women dominate the population 51-49 percent. After the disaster which is Donald Trump infested our nation in 2016, our nation’s women have been active. Number one for them is voter registration. Number two is encouraging younger, progressive women and men to run for office. Sadly it is a fact that few Americans understand the requirements to run for office in local, state, and federal elections.
Of course the most restrictive is at the federal level, and it’s easier than you might think.
To become a member of the House of Representatives, you must be at least 25 years old, an American citizen for a minimum of seven years; and currently live in the state you will represent.
For the Senate, you must be at least 30 years old, have been a citizen for nine years, and currently live in the state you seek to represent.
If you decide that becoming the President of the United States of America is your dream, you must be 35 years old; a natural born citizen of the United States; and have maintained residence in the United States for at least 14 years.
If you are a younger American, you might be asking yourself, “why are there so many old men and women in Washington?”
This will change. For decades baby boomers controlled elections. My generation is literally dying off, and this is why millennials are now in virtual control of our elections. But the most important reason is throughout our nation’s history many of those running for elections were seeking a “second career.” This is why term limits have become mandatory. Look at this simple fact.
The worst senator in America’s history is without a doubt Moscow Mitch McConnell. He is completing his sixth term, 36 years, in the senate. His accomplishments for the American people are nil, and as the Senate Majority Leader, he is responsible for creating the “party of no;” the reason our government is dysfunctional today.
Katie Porter is what America needs today: politicians who care about the people they represent and understanding that there is a lot of work to do. She is the antithesis of Trump who believes that after winning the Electoral College, he is now free to golf, party at Mar-a-Lago, watch television, and hold hate rallies.
Op-ed by James Turnage
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