We have to do everything in our power to learn from our enemies. I think I am going to get a copy of "The Art of War" - by Sun Tsu. I think we need to sit at the feet of our enemies and learn how they co-opted the media, how they use neuro-linguistic programming, how they have infused common parlance with phraseology that is favorable to "Conservatism", how a half-term, half-wit ex-governor can exert mastery over a crowd of people. How they can espouse Middle Class enslavement, eliminating Soc. Sec., Medicare, all social safety nets, and promise high taxes for middle class and low taxes for the wealthy,........and STILL GET ELECTED!!!
In his book, "Being Right is Not Enough" Paul Waldman asks some simple questions. He said stop any 100 people on the sidewalk and ask them:
1. Name 5 things in the Republican Party platform, things that they espouse.
In a flash most of those 100 people would name, lower taxes, strong defense, personal responsibility, pro-life, smaller government. Right?
2. Name 5 things in the Democratic Party platform, things that they espouse.
I think most of those 100 people would name: higher taxes, wishy-washy cowards, moral depravity, catering to Unions, fostering a Welfare state.
See? The right wing has successfully stuck a burning tire around the neck of the Democratic Party, assigning favorable characteristics to themselves, and negative characteristics to the Democrats. Furthermore, I think the Democrats are clueless as to how to combat it.
The way you fight it is from the ground up. Just like the repubs did after Watergate. Start with yourself.
Name 5 reason why you are a Democrat/Progressive. Name 5 things that the Democratic Party stands for. Memorize them. Burn them into your psyche. Be able to recite them if challenged. Make people understand that Democratic Party values are: hard work, self-determination, freedom, adherence to the Constitution, pro-Labor, pro-Life, advancement of the working class.
Think of others and make them you own, and help other Progressives to do the same.
Only in this way, among others, can we win America back from the republican pestilence that threatens it.