Democrats got murdered in the last election.
It is because Democrats lack what the Republicans have: A COHESIVE, COMPREHENSIVE, CORE MESSAGE/PLATFORM/ and a CLEARLY-DEFINED SET OF CORE PRINCIPLES.
Stand on any street corner in the United States and ask the first 500 people the following question:
“NAME 5 THINGS THE REPUBLICAN PARTY STANDS FOR”
Almost every one of those people will give you some variation of one or more of the following:
- Fiscally responsible
- Strong defense
- Family values
- Low taxes
- Personal Responsibility
- Small government
And I can rattle them off just that quick. Unfortunately,…..so can most people in America. That is the Democrat’s problem !!
Next stand on the same, or any other street corner in the United States and ask passers-by the following question:
“NAME 5 THINGS THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY STANDS FOR”
If you get any answers at all,…. other than a blank stare it will usually be one or more of the following:
- Moral permissiveness
- Defends an entitlement system/”Welfare Queens”/Union “thugs”
- Weak on defense
- Spineless, no “stones”
- Smelly, barefoot, dope-smoking Liberal hippies
- Tax and spend Liberals
In his book “Being Right is Not Enough” author Paul Waldman recommends asking yourself why you are a Democrat. Come up with 5 or 6 of your own core principles. Memorize them. Be able to recite them and explain/defend each when challenged or questioned.
Personally, I am a Democrat/Progressive because I believe in:
- EQUALITY/JUSTICE FOR ALL
- FAIR TAXATION/PAYGO
- RESPONSIVE GOVERNMENT
- SENSIBLE DEFENSE
- STRONG SOCIAL SAFETY NET
- MIDDLE CLASS PROSPERITY
- REGULATED CAPITALISM/DEFENSE AGAINST CORPORATE POWER
If anyone wants to they are welcome to use one of or all of mine. Add to my list. In any case it will be at least a start to bring the party of We the People back from this ennui/oblivion we find ourselves in.
If you and the rest of America repeats these often enough, and long enough it will become a part of our culture just as the Republican Party has drilled their core principles into America’s collective culture/psyche by doing the same thing over the last 40 years.
It worked for them. It’ll work for us. If we don’t turn this around we will continue to lose elections and get trounced.