Op-Ed

Election was a win for democracy, diversity

Ninfa Floyd
Ninfa Floyd

No matter how you interpret the results, last night was a good night for democracy. This was all we could do under the circumstances. Think about this: His presidency has changed over the past 24 hours. He might not realize it. No matter how he spins it, he will be constitutionally checked.

A loud message was clearly sent: America woke up today to the end of one-party rule. This is extraordinary. This is a huge change, a game changer for the presidency.

No longer will there be backroom secret talks and Devin Nunes mysterious investigations. Now Republicans have to give, they have to either play the role of bipartisanship, or really and truly put country first. That will remain to be seen.

Also, more importantly, record number of women was elected to the House. Women broke political barriers. So as a woman, I woke up happy. I woke up with a lot of power. The diversity in my party, from black candidates, Latino candidate, to Native American candidates won.

The new faces coming to Congress include:

▪ Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, New York, Latina, 29 yrs old, defeated incumbent Joseph Crowley.

▪ Deb Haaland, New Mexico, elected to be the first Native American woman to serve in Congress.

▪ Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, an immigrant from Ecuador, educator, toppled Carlos Curbelo in Florida. She won running on healthcare. Curbelo had voted to repeal Obamacare in a district of thousands who benefited from it.

▪ Rashida Tlaib, Detroit, born to Palestinian parents and Ilhan Omar, born in Somalia, arrived in this country at 14 have become the first Muslin women elected to Congress.

▪ Chrissy Houlahan, an Air Force veteran and first-time Democratic candidate, won in Pennsylvania’s 6th Congressional District race, replacing retiring Rep. Ryan Costello, a Republican.

▪ Mikie Sherrill, a former Navy helicopter pilot and Democrat, won in New Jersey’s 11th Congressional District.

▪ Democrat Abigail Spanberger, Virginia, a former CIA operative, pulled off a unseated Republican Rep. Dave Brat, a rising star in the GOP.

These extraordinary women won on issues, not hatred. They ran on better health care, protection of the environment and civility.

Change takes time. It’s only just begun!

Ninfa Floyd teaches at Bluegrass Community and Technical College.

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