92 Days to Go: Might There Be a Positive Way to See Trump?

I know many people will hate the title of this column because they can’t think of anything positive about the fact that Donald Trump was elected President. I understand that, and ask you to bare with me as I explain … Continue reading

93 Days to Go: We Can Win Red States; Here’s How

One of the reasons white progressives have been relegated to also-ran status in the body politic of the United States over the past 30-40 years is based on assumptions we tend to make about the electorate. One of those key assumptions is that we are being stopped from success by the fact that most people who live in “red states” will never vote for a Democrat. This, despite the fact that all “red states” were once blue states and had majority Democratic legislatures, Democratic governors, Democratic Senators and sent Democrats to the House.

This is just faulty thinking, and it has infected our thinking for so long, we can’t even consider winning in many states and districts. And it’s a key reason we lose most of the time in so many regions of the country. For instance, it’s one main reason Bernie Sanders loses so badly in the Democratic primary. On Super Tuesday 2016, Hillary Clinton absolutely cleaned Bernie’s clock, winning some primaries with upwards of 80 percent of the vote, but the “Bernie or bust” people dismissed those states, calling them “the old Confederacy” and dismissing those primary wins because Democrats had “no chance” of winning them in the General Election.

It’s this attitude that marks our doom. The loudest and most vocal white liberals thin they’re smarter about politics than everyone else, which means they think they can predict everything. The problem is, they seem to have no concept of how voters think. Their predictions are based solely on assumptions; assumptions that no one likes us, so there is nothing we can do electorally in more than half the states in the union.

These Unicorn Progressives think the only way we can win the democracy is to write off half the voters and tell everyone else how smart we are; that we can fix every problem by sheer willpower. We don’t try to understand them because our loudest contingent doesn’t think we can do so. The reason the Bernie faithful will always lose is because they’re in a distinct minority and because they write off everyone who isn’t a true believer. When they wrote off “the old Confederacy” in 2016, after Hillary Clinton received far more votes than Bernie is because they’re politically inane. Hillary Clinton won by a large vote margin because she appealed to Black voters, many of whom live in and love their states, regardless of the majority.

You see, this is why Black voters don’t really like most white liberals/progressives; white libs are too quick to relegate Black voters to the fringes, and to feel sorry for them for having to live in Red States. It doesn’t even occur to many white liberals that the reason so many Black voters are “forced” to live in, say, Alabama, is because so many white liberals abandon them because the Democrats choose candidates who are “not progressive enough,” so they cast their vote for a “third party” or “independent” with no chance to win. This, to the modern unicorn progressive, is their version of “sending a message” and it’s both wrong-headed and downright creepy. Since when does voting for someone without a chance of winning constitute “sending a message” to anyone? The only candidate who gets to make policy is the one who wins, so what message is being sent by the candidate who comes in a distant fourth? And meanwhile, the poor people and minorities we supposedly care most about get screwed by the Republican Right Wing candidate who wins and gets to impose his will on the electorate.

We can win in red states and districts every time. The idea that we can’t win and have to write them off is ridiculous and offensive. We have to do two things, and we can turn most of the country deep blue.

First of all, we have to highlight the actual record of the Republican Party. That should be easy, even on economic grounds. Red states tend to be very poor and pay far less to workers. They tend to ignore regulations designed to keep workers and people safe and secure. When it comes to running the entire country, look at their results. In the last 80 years, you won’t find a recession that was not caused by Republicans, and every single recovery was led by a Democrat. The last two recessions – the Bush recession and the current Trump recession – were caused by a combination of incompetence and Republican policies that put the needs f the extremely rich ahead of the needs of everyone else. They also place tax cuts ahead of every other policy, although their tax cuts always benefit the extremely rich, to the detriment of the average American taxpayer. That’s why Republicans always leave behind huge deficits for our grandchildren to clean up later. And their hatred of regulation and government responsibility is why they have completely punted the coronavirus pandemic response, and left the economy in shambles.

The other thing we have to do is to understand that having more than two viable political parties is impossible. Two viable parties is the best we can hope for in a winner-take-all system, which is what we have. Voting for an “independent” or a “third party” candidate is a waste of your vote in the vast majority of elections because there are only two viable political parties. Voting for someone who can’t win is a function of ego and nothing more. We may be able to make a current third party into a second viable party, but it will take many election cycles

We can win all 50 states, as long as we have a sense of political reality. Even the reddest state has a lot of liberals and minorities who are naturally inclined to agree with us.

The Trump Administration is making a huge mistake by treating California as an enemy wasteland because they feel as if Trump will never win it, because California also has more Republicans than any other state in the union. Let’s not make the same mistake, by writing off all “red states” because we think we can’t win. We can, and it’s not even that difficult.

94 Days to Go: Despite the Press, Look at Trump’s Real Record and Oust Him

Over the past week, most of the talk in the media was about a Trump Tweet, in which he suggested the election be delayed, in case he doesn’t get his binky. In other words, he was asking someone else (unnamed, … Continue reading

Fighting the Ignorant White Menace, One Trope at a Time

We have to overcome our racist past, but we’ll never do so was long as something this profoundly stupid and racist is allowed to exist, unchallenged. And really, it is profoundly stupid and ignorant, as well as being racist. What … Continue reading

95 Days to Go: The Audacity of Going BIG

I’m certain you’ve heard; “this election is the most important in our lifetime.” Not only do we have to rid our White House of the entire Trump family, but it’s our best chance in a generation to get rid of … Continue reading

96 To Go: We Have to Work to Protect and Encourage the Vote

There is a built-in problem with democracy, and it has to do with who gets to vote. Ot, at least, who should get to vote, which is everyone. Under the best of circumstances, a lot of truly idiotic people get … Continue reading

97 to Go: Why are WE “Condescending” When We Point Out BS?

right wing snowflakes are easily triggered

This is something I have always wondered… For some reason, when someone, especially someone on the far right, says something profoundly stupid – which they do a lot – if we bother to correct the record and call out the … Continue reading

98 to Go: Stick to Facts; Trumpers Sure Won’t

(Before I start, let me say, when I discuss Republicans, I am largely referring to the leadership of the party, not rank-and=file Republican voters.) Yesterday, someone who has been a friend on my Facebook page just decided it was time … Continue reading

99 Days to Go: We Have But One Job This Year…

As of today, July 27, 2020, there are 99 days to go until the 2020 election. Of course, the presidential election is arguably the most important, but there is a lot more for us to do than to replace Lord Donny in the seat of federal leadership. This is our best chance in at least a half century to replace the current edition of the Republican Party once and for all.

No, I am not in favor of one-party rule, but for chrissakes, the current state of the Republican Party isn’t exactly intent on governing. They seem to be pretty good at running for office, but once there, they surely don’t care much about running the government for the benefit of the American people.

This is true at every level, too; not just at the federal level. The reason is simple; they don’t care about the same things most Americans care about. Yes, after 40 years of having too much influence, a lot of people have been warped by their nonsense, but if you look closely, the true believers, like the Trumpers, are a distinct minority. Trump didn’t become president because he received an overwhelming number of votes from an overwhelming number of voters. Like George W. Bush before him, Trump won because too many voters stayed home.

Therefore, in 99 days, we all have one job. We all have to work our asses off to encourage people to show up and vote against everyone who happens to be running as a Republican. That is our only job this year. And given that, even now, with things looking bad for them electorally, they are openly trying to cut pandemic unemployment payments by two-thirds, it should actually be easy.

For the next 99 days, this blog will post every day, to explain why we have to vote against Republicans. There are more than 99 reasons, but I’ll try to condense a few…

One Reason They ALL Have to Go – NOW!

The 2020 election is well underway. In fact, the campaigns are coming fast and furious, at all levels of government. And one thing is clear;

  • Liberals are largely hopeful of creating a country that actually lives up to our ideals. You know, the part in which everyone has equal rights and where we welcome everyone to our shores and our culture.
  • Meanwhile, the far right, who call themselves “conservative,” seemingly without irony, only cares about winning. Or more accurately, they care about beating everyone who isn’t as mindlessly jingoistic as they are.

That may seem somewhat unfair, but really, this has been the dynamic for more than a generation. If to surprises you, then you now know why progressives have been so unsuccessful, politically, for a half-century. We are too preoccupied with being civil and fair, and we’re too unwilling to get our hands dirty. Meanwhile, the far right is willing to do or say anything that makes their minions happy.

And that, in a nutshell, is the difference between left and right these days. Look at the ads and you can see it. The Biden ads vs. the Trump ads alone are remarkable, if you bother to look at them. I can only access what I see here in Arizona, and I don’t know how representative they are, but generally, Biden’s ads are all about reforming the presidency and returning it as a force for good for the American people. At the same time, Frump has chosen a point of view that is in line with the far right’s vision for many years, but it all seems horribly dated.

In one Trump ad, for example, the characters are elderly people, but the gist of them is that a United States with Joe Biden as president will mean no public protection. Apparently, Trump has decided to take the “defund Police” idea absolutely literally. In one ad, the old woman calls 911 and she’s told she’ll have to wait five days to get an officer to come out.

This isn’t exactly a new thing for the far right; they’ve been trying to scare us for years. In fact, it’s such a staple, it’s exactly what Trump ran on in 2016. If you’ll recall, his campaign portrayed the American economy as a hellscape, even though we were in the midst of one of the longest economic recoveries in history and we were close to record-low unemployment at the time. Not that it mattered if you’ll recall, Trump suggested that the unemployment rate was “rigged” and the “real” unemployment rate was hovering above 30 percent.

In her second Senate run in two years, Republican Martha McSally may be even more of a downer than Trump. In addition to suggesting (falsely, of course) that her opponent, astronaut Mark Kelly has been “ripping off” taxpayers for millions of dollars and working closely with “Communist China” to become “rich.” Even though he’s really not, by most measures, and some of his income is shared with his wife, former Representative Gabby Giffords.

McSally seems to be stuck in the 1960s, if not the 1950s, and not in a good way. She loves to love to use the word “Communist” to describe China. She has also taken on the Trump attack on China by referring to Coronavirus as the “China Virus” on that rare occasion she even mentions COVID-19. She is also continuing the lie that she told in the 2018 campaign (which she lost to Kirsten Sinema), where she promised to protect people with pre-existing conditions. This time, though, she has been adding lies, as an incumbent Senator, telling people she’s written bills to do just that. She’s also claimed to have written and advocated for a bill to transfer the manufacture of most prescription drugs to the United States, which she touts as “bringing jobs back to America.” Of course, her ads on the subject feature fearful old people who claim to be worried that “Communist China” might withhold her prescriptions from the market and she could die.

It’s 2020, people. Yes, the Chinese Communist Party is a threat, but not to their customers. The people who have to worry most about the Chinese Communist Party are the Chinese people. However, the far right in this country love buzz words, and their most virulent strain still likes to instill fear of “commies,” not unlike they did 60+ years ago. That is why they are so racist and misogynistic; that was the style back in the 1950s.

We have to get rid of these people at all levels of government. They are the opposite of “conservative,” anyway. They’re more radical than the “hippies” ever hoped to be. There is no place in 2020 society for these idiots.