Help! Democrats Roll Out An Old Tired Message For 2018 Nov. Elections: “A Better Deal”

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Congressional Democrats, led by Sen. Chuck Schumer and Rep. Nancy Pelosi, unveil new agenda for the 2018 midterms. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Does the Democratic Party truly want to become the majority party in the US Congress after the elections in November 2018? I bet everyone who hears the words of “A Better Deal” doesn’t get its meaning without a lengthy explanation, as in comparison to the republicans’ slogan of MAGA, “Make America Great Again.” Would most folks figure out that this is the election of our times, the one that could determine the future, most of us want for the USA?

After reviewing several polls, it has become apparent to me that the republican President Donald Trump’s supporters (37% of voters) aren’t easily moved. Can you believe that 79% of republicans were pleased with President Trump’s performance at the 7/16/18 Trump-Putin Helsinki summit?

See: Poll: Huge GOP majority backs Trump’s Putin performance – Axios

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The conclusion then becomes obvious. The Democratic Party members need to address their message to the coalition of the decent,  the conservative “Never Trumpers,” recalcitrant republicans, Independents, Democrats, and others like “the Resistance,” the “Women’s March,” “Indivisible.”

Most normal US presidents aren’t consistently and widely disliked around the world of democratically governed countries, nor do they openly embrace racism and sexism, as well as cruel anti-immigration policies. And they certainly aren’t under federal investigation for potentially having conspired with a hostile foreign power like Russia which attacked our democracy in 2016.

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The Democratic Party leaders need to hire a competent marketing team, or we could even submit ideas like:

Team USA vs. Team Trump-Putin

Most Americans Don’t Want To Live In US of Russia

A Return To Decency Where All Americans Are Included In The American Dream

We Want Our Country Back, Where All Are Encouraged To Become The Best That They Can Be, NO ONE LEFT BEHIND

A Return to Hope, Not Fear

A Return to a World Where Truth and Science Prevails

All of the above examples presents an immediate picture in the voters mind. We can do better than revamp the 2006/ 2017 slogan, “A Better Deal.”

During his Helsinki press conference with Vladimir Putin, President Trump sided with the former KGB boss over U.S. intelligence agencies and the Department of Justice on Russia's interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

On May 21, 2018, Tara Golshan of VOX penned the following report,  “Democrats’ new “Better Deal for Our Democracy,” explained”

Excerpts:

“Congressional Democrats have unveiled their pitch to voters in 2018: They’re calling bullshit on President Donald Trump’s promise to “drain the swamp.”

“House and Senate Democrats rolled out their campaign platform Monday, taking aim at corruption and pay-to-play politics in Washington under the Trump administration. They’re betting this message will help them win voters in the months leading up to the 2018 midterm elections, when the party hopes to regain control of the House — and maybe even the Senate.”

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“The plan is called “A Better Deal for Our Democracy” — a spin on their economic platform, “A Better Deal” — with proposals to protect and improve voting rights, new ethics laws, and campaign finance reforms, including policies that would make lobbyists’ activities more transparent and tighten rules around bribery and fraud convictions.”

“Congressional Republicans have had to answer for — and have largely gone along with — an unprecedented number of corruption and ethics scandals under the Trump administration, from Cabinet secretary resignations to Trump’s personal lawyer taking hundreds of thousands of dollars from Russian oligarchs and major international corporations in exchange for “insight” into the Trump administration. Democrats are hoping to brand the first two years of the Trump presidency as the “most corrupt administration in modern times,” drawing on recent polling that shows voters mobilize around the “money in politics” issue.”

“The platform itself is reminiscent of a message Democrats campaigned on in 2006, a midterm election year that also came after historic Republican corruption scandals and resulted in Democratic control in the House, Senate, and a majority of governorships. With Trump’s record-setting unpopularity and a Democratic voter base enthusiastic to come out and vote, Democrats are banking on this message to bring them sweeping electoral wins once again.”

Link to entire report: Democrats’ new “Better Deal for Our Democracy,” explained – Vox

15 comments

    • Dear 1EarthUnited,

      The Democratic Party loses bigly in the game of lies when compared to President Trump’s Republican Party. It is now a game to keep track of President Trump’s lies. He lies when he doesn’t have to mislead anyone. For example, he recently bragged that the US stock market is up by 40%. It’s not, It is up by 31% which is a great number where he could have taken kudos for this. But he had to lie.

      Hugs, Gronda

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      • Dear Mz. Gronda,

        A while back I posted that unless the Democrats found a message and real leadership the 2018 elections would not be a blue wave! I continue to feel the same way. The party can not and will not win simply using the tired “We Hate Trump” message. We don’t like the way he used a manipulated system to gain the office, but that election is gone and if you watch the news his support really has not slipped as much as some people predict. You want change? Then the party needs to evolve to fit the public. Not the ones that will believe any lie they are told, but the ones that actually care about the direction of this nation. Many of the Bernie supporters that I talk to on a regular basis will never vote Democrat again unless, right now the Democrats agree to allow Bernie to be their candidate. The Bernie numbers are not large enough on their own to elect, but they are large enough to cause the loss of the election, even the one this year.. So, it would seem to be a hard problem for the majority of Democrats, welcome a man who is not a Democrat into the party as it’s leader or risk defeat… We need a white (figuratively speaking) Knight to come riding in on his white horse to save the party in a matter of days or weeks, not months…

        Let’s address the economy for a short moment. The stock market is not really where most people think it is, and quite honestly it can not remain at this level much longer and most people that are involved heavily are starting to get nervous. One thing that people are not considering is that while the numbers are higher the value of the dollar, which supports the market is down about 12+%, so in all reality the market is not as high as most people think it is. Inflation is rising, look at the numbers that are hidden on the financial pages, as it is currently over 2.9% this year and projected to possibly hit 4% by the end of the year. Look at your states major newspapers and see how many homes are close to being foreclosed on, our own has gone from 2 pages at the end of Obama’s term to eight full pages last Sunday! Do you remember the Carter days, well that is what these figures are similar to, however no one seems to notice, or at least if they do they remain silent…

        https://internationalbanker.com/brokerage/us-dollar-consistently-falling-throughout-2017/

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        • Dear Crustyolemothman,

          Here’s the deal about Senator Sanders. I am a fan but I’m not going to be hard nosed on this because the well being of my country is at stake. Russian propaganda would love to elevate any divide within the democratic party but I’m not playing.

          I know died hard republicans who are voting for democratic candidates this Fall 2018 for the same reason. We need to take back our country where the republicans are no longer in the majority position in the US Congress.

          There are people’s lives at stake. Our country’s future is on the line.

          Thanks a million for the reference on the US economy. I’ll be doing a blog on that later.

          Hugs, Gronda

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      • Exactly….but the corporations fear they may turn to the socialist (god forbid, sarcasm) for ideas…..did you see that they DNC passed a resolution that states one must be a member of the Dem Party to run as one…they are trying to discourage more Bernies….chuq

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        • Yes i read about that. Democrats used to be a party of inclusiveness, now they have an agenda which i can’t even distinguish from the Republicans! Why would they discourage the likes of Bernie I’ll never understand. When they do that, they’re just handing the election over to the Repubs without a fight… are they blind?

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  1. Dear 1EarthUnited,

    All the Democrats have to do is play fair. Those who are Democratic Party members have a right to vote for their choice for a candidate in a forum that wasn’t rigged to favor any one candidate.

    Right now, they need to allow for locals to select candidates who reflect the values in the area they represent. This has been happening.

    The issue of what happened to Senator Bernie Sanders wasn’t right. But in this particular election, he will be supporting and helping democratic candidates to win.

    Most folks get it. The Democrats want to be the majority party in the US Congress after Nov.2018.

    Hugs, Gronda

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  2. Dear Mz. Gronda,

    I have been spending a little time reading about the recent trends politically both in the demographics of the average (actual) voter and the switch of some Democrats to embrace the policies that have been put forth by Bernie Sanders. While you and I both agree that Bernie has many valid ideas that merit inclusion into the Democrats platform, my gut feeling after talking to many people that do vote could possibly be in error as one of the links I will post indicates. If the party can find a way to engage the younger voters to actually get out and vote the movement will work, but once again the key issue is getting them out to vote. Voters in my age group that grew up during the cold war still find quite a bit of stigma attached to the title “socialist”, most without even taking the time to study what the new Democratic Socialist Party even stands for. That again will be a problem. Is it possible that we could quickly educate the public on the merits of the new addition to the Democrat party? Even without the interference of the Russian bots and fake posters, we face an uphill battle due to the sales ability of the various Evangelical and gun rights groups. Can we do it with the present leadership of the party? Or perhaps I should ask do we really have a valid leadership of the party that understand the true nature of the battle that is coming? Thank you for being patient with me, as I do realize that at times I have a tendency to ask questions that many people would prefer not to hear because the head in the sand tactic makes life more comfortable, and to be faced with questions that cause us to think is not popular.. 😉

    https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/democratic-socialism-surging-in-the-age-of-trump/ar-BBKSUfX?ocid=ob-fb-enus-280

    https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/05/trump-2016-election/528519/

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    • Dear Crustyolemothman,

      I don’t want to use the term socialism because the word is toxic to where many folks won’t take time to listen. Without knowing it, many who are on medicare are benefiting from a form of socialism but don’t tell them that.

      The candidates have gotten smarter by actually working their butts off, meeting their constituents, engaging them and then coming up with ideas to help the community according to its needs. There is no one formula that will fit all regions.

      I am convinced that we lost a seat i Georgia because the candidate did not fit the area.

      Right now the young folks are motivated to vote for more sensible gun control measures and this is crucial Breaking the hold of the NRA on our legislators is key to enacting better gun laws.

      It is my opinion only that we can’t wait for better leaders. We can’t focus on that. We are it. Everyone of us have to do what we can to influence decision makers like contacting them, visiting them, etc. Build a consensus. Everyone who wants a return to decency and doesn’t want to become the US of Russia has to vote for only Democratic candidates, period. End of story.

      Hugs, Gronda

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  3. I most definitely agree with lobotero — “the Dems need a lot more than slogans…..they need to decide what they stand for”

    As far as the actual slogan, I lean towards the first part of one of yours, Gronda — A Return To Decency. Of course, it doesn’t really cover all of our hopes, but it sure does hit home when one considers the makeup of our current leader!

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    • Dear Nan,

      My thinking has evolved to the point where anyone who wants to return to a semblance of decency and doesn’t want to be part of the US of Russia, needs to vote for democratic candidates only. There are the rare exceptions like Rep. Hurd of TX.

      We need our leadership to stop playing games. This is a time where every vote really does count if we want to save our democracy. And we can’t wait for them to act. I’m afraid that we are it.

      Hugs, Gronda

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