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Valerie Jarrett is a Muslim Ape?

That's about what you can expect from a Trump a supporter.

A Special Memorial Day Dedication

Late last year I posted a vlog responding to what I heard many of my conservative friends parrot on Facebook about the peaceful protests conducted by NFL players. As I hinted in the video, Fox News had done its job by arming its watchers with talking points that sound on point if you're inclined to think you are the least bit supreme to others. One of the points I addressed was the notion that these Fox Newsers have been mistakenly under the impression that only their families have spilled blood for the American flag.

I would like to deliver a special salute to those who have sacrificed for an America that has historically been less than grateful. They fought for the freedoms of Americans who today think that people of color landed on planet Earth last week. Thanks to the immigrants who have shed blood for Americans who would then have those heroic fighters' caskets deported in the name of their twisted concept of America. Thanks to those who know what it means to fight for liberty and justice for all.

Wouldn't It Be Nice, VOL 2 - Negative Branding the Gop

In 2010, goppers worked overtime to turn Americans against Obamacare. Those efforts in partnership with gerrymandering won them a house majority. Wouldnít it be nice if Dems running in 2018 did the same thing with the only legislative "win" the GOP has had since 2016? Goppers have held onto the hope that a tax cut (for the rich) would be their saving grace in a year that would otherwise not be promising for them. Not only should their tax bill not help them, DEMOCRATS SHOULD USE IT AGAINST THEM! A good place to start is rebranding this GOP catastrophe. It should not be referred to as a tax bill but as THE REPUBLICANSí MASSIVE DEFICIT HIKE. It would also be nice to hear progressive candidates expound on their attack in different ways including, but not restricted to these messages below:

-My opponent stood with Donald Trump and Paul Ryan to pass THE REPUBLICANSí MASSIVE DEFICIT HIKE so rich people could get tax relief. Now they want to pay for it by taking away your health care.

-My opponent voted for Trumpís MASSIVE DEFICIT HIKE so rich people could get a huge tax break. Even rich people, both REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS said ďdonít raise the deficit to give me a tax cut, I donít need it.Ē But Republicans like my opponent went ahead and passed it anyway and now you and I are stuck with the bill.

-My opponent supported THE REPUBLICANSí MASSIVE DEFICIT HIKE and said that we would immediately start seeing results. Weíre seeing results alright. They cut education funding and now we have teachers marching in the streets. They cut Homeland Security which funds our first responders. They cut the State Department which exercises our interest throughout the world. They cut the Department of Transportation thatís responsible for our infrastructure. Weíre less safe, but my opponent got his/her MASSIVE DEFICIT HIKE on the backs of the American people.

This is not intended as tactic in a one-issue campaign. It is one prong in the attack on a party that assaults the middle class in the name of championing the middle class. Politics is a product. It needs to be marketed and in hyping your product, sometimes you need to dictate how others see the competitor. Wouldnít it be nice if the Democratic Party was as good at that as goppers?

McCaingate - It's Not Both Sides

If there is a lesson from McCaingate, it is that the ďtoneĒ problem in Washington is owned by Republicans. It has nothing to do with Democrats. Elected Republicans are either tearing each other apart or tearing their hair out trying manage a party whose leader plays to the cheap seats with childish antics and a twisted notion that character is a sign of weakness. Still most of those elected Republicans, some of whom are decent try to mitigate their responsibility by falsely claiming ďboth sides need to dial down the rhetoric.Ē When pressed to state what Democrats have to apologize for, they would struggle to dig up Kathy Griffinís crude photoshoot from a year ago, or Hillary Clintonís ďdeplorablesĒ remark. Both women apologized by the way. While Steve Schmidt deserves credit for going after his party for its complicity in the debasing of our politics, it would be so much more clear if he said the words ďitís not both sides.Ē That would really be nice.

Wouldn't It Be Nice, VOL 1 - Nancy Pelosi

Wouldnít it be nice if we could depend on more than massive Republican failure to elect and keep Democratic majorities in Congress? It takes far less for Republican ďwavesĒ to occur and it is unfortunately by design. Republican majorities are more enduring in the era of the truth-free right-wing supremacist message machine that was ushered in by Rush Limbaugh and capped off by Fox News. That is how a woman like Nancy Pelosi has so easily become an election issue in districts thousands of miles away from her own.

The effective negative branding of Pelosi was not the work of desperate GOPers alone. It took the compliance of countless Democrats by not only refusing to defend her, but by joining in the GOPer public refrain against her. While itís true that Democratic candidates donít have a Fox News equivalent to dictate their talking points, adept politicians shouldnít need one. Politics is about fighting and if you are cowed by smears of someone as competent and beneficial as Nancy Pelosi, maybe politics isnít your bag.

That being said, wouldnít it be nice if all Democrats running in districts across the country actually turned the attacks on Nancy Pelosi against their opponents. Imagine hearing any of this messaging in the highly adaptable stump scripts that follow:

- I know why my opponent doesnít like Nancy Pelosi because Nancy Pelosi got the Affordable Care Act passed through Congress. My opponent has been doing everything s/he can to repeal the Affordable Care Act instead of make it better. Iím for making the Affordable Care Act better and Iíll work with any Republican or Democrat who supports that and if that means working with Nancy Pelosi for the good of the people of (insert state or district here) then so be it. Where does my opponent stand on strengthening the Affordable Care Act for the people of (whatever state or district)?
(This tack can also be used citing consumer financial protection, the Lilly Ledbetter Act, food safety, and tobacco regulation)

- As I talk to people in the district, I havenít spoken with one person whose life has been negatively impacted in any way by Nancy Pelosi. My opponent, on the other hand partnered with Paul Ryan in passing a record-setting deficit hike on the backs of the American people because SOME ultra-rich folks don't want to pay their fair share in taxes. My opponent and Paul Ryan passed this hit job on the American people and now Paul Ryan is bailing out of Congress. Where does my opponent currently stand on Paul Ryanís deficit hike?

- Iíve heard this whole Nancy Pelosi thing many times on Fox News. I do watch Fox. But I find it odd Iím being accused of taking orders or talking points from Nancy Pelosi and out of state interests. Thatís ironic because my opponent is taking marching orders from cable news guests. Iíve talked to teachers who pay out of pocket for school supplies. Iíve talked to people who need to keep their insurance affordable. Iíve talked to people whose jobs are being offshored. Iím talking about their stories and not the stories I hear on television. If my opponent wants to go run against nancy Pelosi, be my guest. Her district is thousands of miles away. Iíll buy her/him the ticket.

- I will support for my partyís leadership whoever supports the people of my district earn fair wages, get a decent education, and live without having to worry that their children will get home from school safely. We need to get things done here at home. Thatís what Iím going to Washington to do and you donít do that by making promises not to work with people. Thatís not very resourceful. Itís vindictive, but itís not very resourceful. Iím going to Washington to be resourceful for my constituents, not to be vindictive.

- My opponent seems to have a Nancy Pelosi obsession. What do you know about Nancy Pelosi? Is there a secret Access Hollywood tape with her confessing to a felony? Are there any fraud judgments against her? Has she made any secret payments to porn stars? Has she ever been the target or subject of a federal investigation involving conspiring with foreign nations to interfere with our elections? Do members of her own party call her a liar? I donít think so. Maybe thatís why my opponent doesnít like her.

Pelosi is not perfect. She has her warts. She is not the complete package, but she has been the most effective House Speaker in recent history and what has she got for it? Knives in the back. Dems who join the witch hunt against Pelosi simply based on the fabricated narrative created by people who yearn to capitalize on deep-seated ageism/sexism demonstrate themselves to be weak and anything but progressive. The wind is still at the back of people who win by resorting to tribal notions of white alpha male superiority which exists across the political spectrum. It will continue to be that way until we acknowledge it and then use it to play some political jiu jitsu. Otherwise, we continue to allow not being an able-bodied, Christian, straight, white male to be a political liability. Imagine doing something to end that thinking. Wouldnít it be nice?
Posted by BaronChocula | Tue May 8, 2018, 12:12 PM (3 replies)
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