I’ve been hearing too much that Democrats have to fight back at the level of the republican President Donald J. Trump and his crony sycophants in order to win.
I find this so frustrating, as my complaint regarding the Democratic Party is that its members don’t know how to fight, roll up their sleeves and to act more on the offensive when the policies they champion are much more popular with the American peoples than the opposition. There is no way they’ll prevail by fighting on President Trump’s terms.
The democrats have plenty of issues in their favor, like its their lawmakers who have been fighting for folks to have greater access to better, more affordable healthcare that guarantees coverage for preexisting conditions while the Republican Party has been doing everything possible to stop, limit this goal.
Don’t forget that in 2018, 20 republican-led states have filed a lawsuit claiming that the ‘pre-existing conditions’ clause is unconstitutional, and the Department of Justice (DOJ) is supporting that view. Recently, 50 Republican senators approved President Trump’s administration’s expansion of health plans that can deny coverage to people with pre-exiting medical conditions.
Recently. it was the US Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell who recently proclaimed publicly that the reason for the spike in the US deficit by 17%, after their December 2017 tax cuts for the rich paid partly by adding $1.5 trillion dollars to the US deficit over 10 years, is because of the government has been spending too much monies on entitlement programs like social security, Medicare, Medicaid. There should be an Ad with him stating these words in every State in the USA.
Example of how playing on president’s game board doesn’t work…
It is my opinion that the democratic Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren should not have bought into the president’s taunting of her with her self described Native American heritage by calling her “‘Pocahontas.’ To counter his narrative, she went and had DNA testing done which accomplished little, while creating more controversy. She could have responded to his taunting by just asking him to prove his wealth by making his taxes part of the public record. There is no reason to go and play at his level, when he is the one who is vulnerable on so many fronts.
This upcoming November 2018 elections is a crucial battle to win for the democrats to have a chance to gain a majority of seats in both the US Senate and the House of Representatives. I don’t want to bite or accept the Republicans’ talking points that they’ll most likely win more seats in the US Senate while conceding that Democrats will gain the majority position in the House.
This is not a time to go low, but to go vote. Don’t buy into the Republican Party’s propaganda/ misinformation campaign. Voters want a return to decency.
We do have the coalition of the decent on our side which consists of folks from the left to the right who are non-Trumpians. I define this as anyone who respects the rule of law; freedom of the press; a truly non-partisan judicial system; NATO, a trust/ or not trust but verify position with totalitarian governed countries’ leaders.
This coalition of the decent includes those who aren’t racist, misogynistic, Xenophobic, anti-LGBTQ, and those who appreciate diversity, policies and decisions being made based on facts, credible scientific data, truth. This coalition of folks are comprised of those from the Democratic Party, grass roots organizations like Women’s March, Indivisible, Independents, Republicans; and many well known conservatives who are recommending for everyone to vote solely for Democratic candidates in this upcoming election in November 2018.
This is literally the most important election of our lifetimes. It is a time for non-Trumpian folks to save this US democracy from those who want to take us backwards to the 1950s.
Whoever is not against us is with us. Please thank and be grateful to those who vote for all Democratic candidates whether they’re from the right or the left. We are all Americans. This is a War we all have to win, no prisoners accepted.
Don’t let President Trump get away with defining women protesters as ‘mob rule.’
The president, his cronies and the right wing media mega phone have gotten on the band wagon calling the recent women protesters, mobs. This is where I like the idea presented by Joe Scarborough on his MSNBC ‘Morning Joe’ show.
Describe the women as the Moms’ Mob protecting children (MMPC), as that is exactly what they were doing. For me, as I’ve stated in my past blogs, the number one reason for my being against the recent confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the US Supreme Court had to do with his history for partisan-ship. He’ll most likely be voting against the ACA Affordable Care Act with its pre-existing condition mandate should a case related to this issue come before him for review. He’ll be resistant to any restrictions being imposed on the 2nd amendment having to do with gun owners’ rights.
Moms have to be outraged to observe the bully-in-chief, the world’s worst role model for both their sons and daughters daring to call them a mob, in a negative light. He should not be the one getting to define/ frame their behaviors. There’s no way Moms want their sons to emulate the president’s behaviors or their daughters to get anywhere near this kind of man.
Where are the Democratic Ads showing Tea Party protests, President Trump rallies where he promotes violence against the press, for instance.
Remember MA.D.D./ Mothers Against Drunk Driving.
As per Wikipedia, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) is a nonprofit organization in the United States and Canada that seeks to stop drunk driving, support those affected by drunk driving, prevent underage drinking, and strive for stricter impaired driving policy, whether that impairment is caused by alcohol or any other drug. The Irving, Texas–based organization was founded on September 5, 1980, in California by Candace Lightner after her 13-year-old daughter, Cari, was killed by a drunk driver. There is at least one MADD office in every state of the United States and at least one in each province of Canada.These offices offer victim services and many resources involving alcohol safety. MADD has claimed that drunk driving has been reduced by half since its founding.
Then there is the grass roots formation started in 2012 after the Sandy Hook mass shooting of children in school which was organized to reduce gun violence in the USA, called Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.
As per a December 14, 2017 Time Magazine article by Sharon Watts, a mother of five, who is the founder of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, Luby’s Cafeteria. Red Lake High School. Virginia Tech. Fort Hood. A Safeway in Tucson. An immigrant center in Binghamton. A mall in Omaha. A salon in Seal Beach. A movie theater in Aurora. After each mass shooting in America, I waited for someone else to act. Each time, I assumed lawmakers would rally to protect their constituents. I assumed businesses would act to protect their customers. I assumed someone would step up.”
“After each shooting, none of those things happened. Then on December 14, 2012, I was folding laundry when the news broke on CNN that there had been a shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. Reporters spoke, as images were broadcast of children being marched in a line into the woods outside the school for their safety, of distraught families flooding parking lots, of first responders rushing into an elementary school.”
“As I stood next to a pile of unfolded clothes, I said out loud, “Dear God, please let this not be as bad as it seems.” But it was far worse than anyone could have imagined. Twenty first-graders and six teachers had been shot and killed in the sanctity of an American elementary school, by a man whose mother gave him access to semiautomatic firearms and thousands of rounds of ammunition.”
“Devastated and angry, I acted. I got online and spent an hour searching for something like Mothers Against Drunk Driving, but for gun safety. Finding nothing, I created a Facebook page. Within hours, what is now Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America had thousands of followers and women from across the country began reaching out to me about starting local chapters.”
“Since the shooting at Sandy Hook School, these volunteers have helped pass background check laws in 8 states, bringing the total number of states with comprehensive laws to 19. We’ve worked with domestic violence–prevention advocates in statehouses across the country to keep guns out of the hands of domestic abusers. Just this year, 8 states passed these types of laws.”
“On defense, we have stopped countless bad gun lobby bills that would have endangered our communities and families. Since 2014, Moms Demand Action and Everytown for Gun Safety have defeated guns on campus in 29 out of 34 states. And since 2015, Moms Demand Action and Everytown have defeated guns in K-12 schools legislation in 30 out of 31 states.
Let’s fight back. DON’T GO LOW, GO VOTE!
We need to get tough but not be a mob! Congressman Swalwell is he only Dem I find speaking out in an intelligent and smart way. I hope he runs on 2020. Hugs
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You reflect my thinking. Democrats need to learn how to fight effectively, going more often on the offensive. We have the better policies.
I don’t like having women protesters being defined as a mob, ‘Black Lives Matter’ protesters as a terrorist group and anti-police; or that there is any equivalency between Nazis type members with those protesting them. Yet he is getting away with this crap.
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That’s what is so disturbing, they are getting away with their fascist propaganda and blatant lies.
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I agree with you on some of these things and not on others. I will remind you the biggest fight we have is with the State TV and the State Radio networks. Fox News and THe Sinclair Broadcast group. Both are unapplogitily conservative politically driven. They hold huge market shares across the country. They report the talking points of the republican party, they report only positively on any news including editing out things that make tRump look bad ( when tRump was laughed at giving his speech at the UN , Fox news edited out the laughter. ) and they force their hosts to repeat and give promos right wing positions and talking points. So sometimes the only way to fight fire, is with an even hotter fire. Which means use the truth and hammer it home regardless of sensitivities and before tRump normal decorum. Hugs
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None of the examples that you’ve given bother me at all and are a part of what I call, fighting back smartly. There is nothing wrong with a good fight but without referring as President Trump to peoples with widespread lies like those Mexicans are criminals, racists, belittling others.
Calling women protesters mobs or the Black Lives Movement as a terrorist organization or that there is an equivalency between Nazis type groups with those who are protesting against these groups, are how President Trump likes to frame and define others based on lies. How about his attacks against the FBI, DOJ, rule of law or the press as the enemy of the peoples or that Judge Kavanaugh had been found to be completely innocent and that the opposition against him was part of that mob rule..
You don’t have to fight at president’s level but there is nothing wrong without calling him out on his lies which are harmful and which can and does lead to real harm being done.
It’s like his lies about the 110 billion dollars that Saudi Arabia buying US military weaponry but now that figure has gone up to $450 billion. It’s all lies. He needs to be called out on this immediately. The press / media pushing back is not enough.
To my mind, there needs to be more of an offensive fight where he is not the one framing everything from his warped. decisive point of view.
It’s my opinion, that there are Democrats talking about fighting back on his terms when they don’t know how to fight at the most basic levels. They need to find their sea legs first.
As for Sinclair, around August 2018, there was the collapse of the deal, months in the making and backed by President Trump which ended Sinclair’s hopes of building a national Conservative-leaning TV powerhouse that might have rivaled Fox News. But these Sinclair owned stations are still a problem.
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I do not see where we disagree. . Everything you said up to the end we are in agreement. Maybe you say it better. The only difference I have with you good friend is with the Sinclair still owned stations. They are pumping out the alt right talking points and propaganda at a huge rate, while being the major broadcast stations in many areas. It is a huge state radio and TV situation. The people at those stations are required to say thing supportive of the republican talking points and yet the majority of the people in those areas do not know this. So they take the news they are given at face value. This is a major problem as I see it.
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We are on the same page. i couldn’t agree more.
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Gronda, I love this motto. Now, let’s execute the response. What Dems fail to preach is their party, even with numbers under Trump, dwarf that of Republican white houses on jobs created, economic performance and stock performance.
Trump has provided both headwinds and tailwinds on the economy, the tailwinds happening now, with headwinds showing up later. I worry greatly about the debt, healthcare and environment under the GOP. They are leaving our younger adults holding the bag. Keith
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I couldn’t agree more.
The Democratic Party has the better story, better numbers when they are in charge. No group of peoples have all the answers and I like bipartisan solutions. I’m like you in thinking that President Obama made a mistake when he didn’t back the Simpson-Boles agreement.
As for his handling of the Merrick Garland supreme court nominee, if I were in President Obama’s shoes, when the Us senate Judiciary refused to do their duty regarding their advise and consent role, I would have called them on their refusal to do their job by placing him on the supreme court, period, end of story The GOP would have yelled and screamed bloody murder but when they refused to their job, they needed to know that there were consequences.
Why do we continue to play defense where they define how the game gets played. I am having a hard time explaining that I want Democratic leaders to fight hard and smartly, without being mean and ugly like President Trump and his sycophant cronies.
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