Americans love freedom: it’s in our political DNA. Can democrats reclaim the political high ground while forcing Republicans to defend their increasingly fascistic and death-promoting policies?
Impressive article Thom. The fascists are blaming freedom for there being so much lawlessness, when in reality, their policies that deprive a decent standard of living are causing stress and anxiety and mental illness. To name a few, the trickle down theory, free trade, anti-family planning, offshore banking, capitalist healthcare, unfunded wars, bank bailouts, bloated military budgets, importing cheap immigrant labor, making it impossible for a family of one adult working to support which causes lots of divorces. The right is essentially destroying the family unit and raising thugs while blaming freedom loving left wingers. Until all of society's babies have their needs met for life, there will be crime and greedy fascists. Society will continue as long as the rich exterminate the poor fast enough. That way the self-proclaimed leaders, won't have to create new jobs. But eventually when the natural resources run out, the capitalistic Earth will look like a garbage dump. For the rich and the poor.
Thom, I'm glad you used the term "Potemkin village". It is a term everyone of us should know, and understand well - for we all live and die in it. This GOP mockup of a society still manages to fool far too many even as our civilization decays just the other side of a well-painted stage set.
One's definition of Freedom seems highly tied to whatever they consider "restrictions."
2020: "Democrats will fight to repair the soul of this nation. To unite and to heal our country. To turn
this crisis into a crucible, from which we will forge a stronger, brighter, and more equitable
"We must right the wrongs in our democracy, redress the systemic injustices that have long
plagued our society, throw open the doors of opportunity for all Americans, and reinvent our
institutions at home and our leadership abroad. We do not simply aspire to return our country to
where we were four years ago. We know we must be bolder and more ambitious."
Then you are watching MSNBC and listening to Thom Hartmann. 26 Democrats voted to censure Rashida Tlaib, the only Palestinian member of Congress. Biden expanded Trump's Title 42 twice. He has deported more Venezuelans and Haitians than Trump did his entire term. Mayor Eric Adams of New York has enacted more stop and frisk than Rudy Guliani. Biden is enabling Netanyahu to massacre thousands of innocent women and children, hugging him and sending more weapons to the 12th most powerful military in the world. Biden incarcerated more black males than any president in history with his crime bill in 1994. He also backed the heinous Hyde Amendment denying federal funding to poor and marginalized women for abortion for decades up until the 2020 election of course. No, Biden is a monster and he is likely to get us into a nuclear confrontation with his excuses and warmongering behavior.
Thom, that's one of your best articles yet! ( And I love all of them.) It calls for exactly what we in the @BrandingDems group have been crying for -- branding ads that focus on the values of the PARTY, not the person. All candidates are flawed in some way, but 90%+ of Dems all share similar values. We need to spend less on marketing for candidates and more on branding the party as a whole.
Does anyone have an in with the DCCC or another Democratic campaign organization which might think that a major ad campaign should be run in the next 12 months billed simply as “Thanks Joe”, listing President Biden’s accomplishments on billboards and in other ads and literature in terms of their practical contribution to real freedom for real people? Something along those lines is needed for Democrats even if not specifically to assure Biden’s re-election. Freedom is about rights, equal access, and free time without oppressive pressures or people breathing down one’s neck.
And how about some loud and clear messages declaring good riddance to the Orange Menace. He is NOT going to be re-elected in 2024 or ever. That is a certainty. Why is anyone still talking about that as a possibility? There are simply not enough sadistic and nihilistic Americans to vote for a self-loathing loser preaching hate, self-pity, and hopelessness. He will be convicted, Republicans will not be able to avoid the writing on the wall much longer, Putin’s false propaganda efforts will no longer sell or will be overshadowed and ignored, and the attempts to keep the fascist seditionist off the ballot in several states will dampen enthusiasm, even if not legally validated. He is simply not worth the time of day or worth wasting any more of our breath on. We have other more pressing issues and threats to focus on. Mousey Mikey Johnson is a much more dangerous threat now. It’s time to move on now, isn’t it?
Republicans are funded by mega corporations from the petroleum cabal to the oligarchs of finance, whose wealth was acquired by the use of propaganda and messaging.
I've told how I learned to write for the public by using short sentences, and paragraphs that contain a single thought. I learned that technique from Jerry Falwells (I)Moral majority solicitation mailings that wound up in my mail box, every one was about the culture war, and that we were a Christian Nation.
It is over 40 years and Democrats have learned nothing or are stubborn and have played three monkeys.
Thanks to the Republican association with "Madison Ave", they are experts at re branding and Orwellian Newspeak. Just watch, if you can tolerate it, the constant ads for Medicare (dis)Advantage that have been polluting the air ways since Medicare open season started (it will end Nov 15, but the ads have been paid for and will continue for a week after that, and most disgustingly these Ads along with PhRMA are the major revenue source for MSNBC, the so called "liberal media".
Democrats have yet to learn to put issues on a bumper sticker, because they (unfortunately) have an allergy to negative advertising, and thus ceding the ground to the fascists, who have no such scruples, and thus we wound up with Trump, Trumpism and MAGA fascism.
What people desire today is ORDER. Putin and Trump have given us disorder. Biden was elected on this premise. Trump and Putin will provide us order at the expense of Freedom. It is much more difficult to sustain order in a democracy. It's work, constant work.
While Democrats speak in favor of many wonderful things, their rhetoric is merely electoral in its manifestation. The game Democrats play of saying one thing and doing another, enabled by those who amplify their constant stream of excuses and downplay their militarism and racism, allows Trump and Republicans to gain traction. Leaders who pretend they have no control over the slaughter of black and brown people around the world while they aid and abet it have no direct relationship to freedom for anyone but the wealthiest and whitest among us.
Biden’s campaign and administration needs to shout out his accomplishments loud and clear.
wheeewwww!....that about sums it up...that's the message we must get out to all...
that's it?... then I see a two sided handout on card stock... under EVERY windshield wiper... screen door, mailbox, small shop counter, and everyone's bag and out everywhere everywhere everywhere everywhere...
Not to bring up the question of billboards... road to knowledge ?
"Americans love freedom" -- really? Freedom for our own selves maybe, but for other Americans? often not so much. Sure the GOP is the party of billionaires and mega-big business, but they can't get elected or stay in office without the votes of tens of millions of people who are neither but who believe that people of color, women of any color, lesbians and gay men, and any number of others have too much freedom already.
The only way "freedom" works as a rallying cry is if it's followed by an asterisk and a long footnote explaining what you mean by it.
... I mean... multiple handouts
Yep In Naples, but no one lives in a castle anymore but I assumed you meant Naples, Shame on me for allowing myself to be misled by a liar.
Apparently you don't live in France or Italy, but I do go for Petersburg though, it makes sense.
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