Persuasion 2018 – Part Two

This is the second article in a series about how to use persuasion during the 2018 campaign. Today I want to concentrate on the role women will play both as activists and voters in 2018. Let’s explore.

Let’s get one key thing straight right from the get-go; generally speaking American women do not have a positive feeling about Party labels. If you are speaking to a Democratic Women’s organization that is the exception; otherwise talk about causes. Women (and they are not the only group of Americans to which this applies) passionately care about causes. Remember persuasion is all about motivating someone to vote, donate, or volunteer. If you want to motivate them you have you have to start by getting them to listen.     Continue reading Persuasion 2018 – Part Two

The Three Pillars Reinforced

It is Tuesday morning as I write this article. At the stroke of midnight Friday the federal government becomes a pumpkin without a continuing resolution to fund it. After a congressional “short punt” in December even another doesn’t look very promising at this point. The problem is today’s Republican Party whose three pillars are reinforced by President Trump and his administration. Let’s explore. Continue reading The Three Pillars Reinforced

Purloined Wisdom

I don’t plan to put forth one original thought today. The title Purloined Wisdom is exactly what I intend to pass along. Much of it comes from the reading I was able to complete during my late December break from writing; other pearls were acquired via the simple but important act of listening to what wise people had to say. Wherever possible I will credit whomever I gleaned from. Let’s explore. Continue reading Purloined Wisdom

Debunking Myths

Today I want to debunk a couple of right wing myths and call, as Dr. Maddow would say, “Bullpucky” on a recent White House statement. Let’s explore. Continue reading Debunking Myths

SPECIAL NOTICE: RECOMMENDED READING ADDITION

I just added The Future Is History by Masha Gessen to the Recommended Reading List.   If you are looking for an easy read pass this one by.  If you are looking for an insight into Russian history of the late 20th and thus far into the 21st century it is well worth your time.  It also gives you a lens by which to view recent international political events.

I’m not alone in my praise for Gessen’s work; the book won the 2017 National Book Award for non-fiction.