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Since the 2016 election, Democrats have struggled to regain control of American politics. Today Republicans control all three branches of the federal government, along with the majority of governorships and state legislatures. Regardless of how optimistic the political landscape may appear or how low the approval ratings of Donald Trump and other Republican Congresspersons might be, Democrats retain very little Congressional power.

The challenges our country faces today, from climate change to health care, require liberal reformation; the Democratic party cannot wait until the end of Trump’s term.

Across the country colossal marches and rallies have captured America’s attention. Nearly all of them oppose Republican leadership. Unfortunately, Democratic Senators and Representatives have not echoed these protests. This lack of response is one symptom of the Democratic party’s excessive tolerance.

Modern Republican Representatives don’t seem to care for optics or the wellbeing of citizens when playing politics. Each of the Congressional Republicans’ series of health care proposals has received less than a 20% approval rating, and the Congressional Budget Office found that each bill would end millions of people’s health care plans within a decade.

Republican lawmakers don’t seem to care what tactics they use, as long as they obtain a victory for themselves and their wealthy donors. The reason that conservatives can tell their constituents that climate change is a hoax, or that Mitch McConnell can confirm a historically partisan Supreme Court Justice is because, no matter the methods, they still win, and Democrats refuse to match the magnitude of the Republicans’ extremism.

After Republican Greg Gianforte won Montana’s at-large House seat and was charged with physical assault, his opponent, Democrat Rob Quist, declined to comment. While still in the White House, President Obama knew of the Russian meddling in the 2016 election, and was well aware that it served specifically to help the Republican agenda; however, he refused to speak publicly about it until December because he didn’t want to appear to be“taking sides.”

When Representative Adam Schiff (D-CA) was asked about impeachment, he claimed that they needed to “get to the bottom of what took place” before considering such an outlandish thing and that it would be a “wrenching experience” for America, which belittles the wrenching experience Americans are enduring right now. When House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), was asked a similar question, she said: “What are the facts that you would make a case on? What are the rules that he may have violated? If you don’t have that case you are just participating in more hearsay.” The Democratic leaders’ hesitancy to push this issue marks a lost opportunity for Democrats to press Republican leadership in the same way Republicans have attacked them.

For half a decade, Republican members of Congress constantly screamed ‘Benghazi!’ and ‘emails!’. Donald Trump didn’t wait to see what he would “make a case on” before encouragingLock her up!chants at rallies across the country. Those two controversies alone took over during the election and may have cost Clinton the presidency. If Republican politicians can turn these proven non-issues into campaign points, why don’t Democrats have what it takes to find a three-word-chant about a real issue that concerns real treason?

Democrats must stop quietly organizing their filing cabinet of incriminating information in the Congressional backstage, waiting for Robert Mueller, the lawyer leading the investigation into Trump’s collusion. They must stop promoting safe spaces and PC bombardment, leave behind their now-hold-on-a-minute attitudes, find political courage and scream ‘impeach!’. If Democrats want to win, they’re going to have to start acting more like Republicans.