Deseret News: Donna Brazile’s Take on Today’s American Politics



The author, Donna Brazile, recounts her experiences in politics and how they taught her the importance of not just beating opponents, but learning from them. She shares stories of working with different administrations to accomplish civil rights goals, and later, during the Bush administration, to address the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Brazile also stresses the importance of reaching unaffiliated voters and the need for more political candidates, calling for unity and perseverance in the face of adversity.

As a young politician and athlete, winning was my goal. However, with maturity comes the wisdom that it’s not only about defeating an opponent but learning from them too.

This lesson has been vital in my fight for equal justice and civil rights. To make Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday a national holiday, we needed Ronald Reagan’s support. While working in collaboration with John Lewis and others to extend the Civil Rights Act of 1964 or the Voting Rights Act of 1965, we required the cooperation of George Herbert Walker Bush and George Walker Bush.

My biggest lesson in humility came during Hurricane Katrina. Instead of criticizing the administration for not providing aid and rescue, I asked, “Mr. President, how can I help you?” I spent much time in the Bush administration, which was an eye-opener for me. It reaffirmed my commitment to the underprivileged, reminding me of my own humble beginnings.

Despite political divisiveness, it’s essential to remember that neither Democrats nor Republicans hold a majority. Many voters are unaffiliated and disillusioned with both parties. We need to engage these voters and encourage more people to run for office. I believe there is a need for change, and it can’t wait.

One of my favorite Bible verses, Galatians Chapter 6, Verse 9, reminds us to not grow weary in doing good and maintain hope. So, let’s remember, our best days are ahead.

This piece is by Donna Brazile, a political strategist, and former chair of the Democratic National Committee.

This article has been adapted from an evening forum. The original story is featured in the April 2024 issue of Deseret Magazine. To get more updates, subscribe here.

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