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In Honor Of Labor

This weekend is Labor Day weekend. Most Americans are taking an extra day off from work to theoretically celebrate the role of labor. Unions built the middle class and modern day Republicans have been trying, with considerable success, to destroy them for over 40 years now.

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A Dozen Reasons To Vote For Trump And Republicans This Year

Notice: In order to quote the President accurately I had to include a word that is a derivative of one of the late George Carlin’s seven dirty words.

I spend so much time telling people reasons not to vote for Donald Trump and his Republican sycophants that I thought I’d devote an article to reasons to vote for them. I believe Shakespeare called it comic relief. We could all use some so let’s explore. Continue reading A Dozen Reasons To Vote For Trump And Republicans This Year

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

SPECIAL NOTICE – RECOMMENDED READING ADDITIONS

I just added three books to the Recommended Reading list.  They are Hillbilly Elergy by J. D. Vance, Listen, Liberal by: Thomas Frank and Insane Clown President by Matt Taibbi.   They are part of my (yet to be completed) reading designed to help me understand why some people voted for Donald Trump last November and the way forward for the Democratic Party.

Vance admits to being a conservative but both Frank and Taibbi are certainly left of center.  This is Frank’s second book to make the list.  As is my current practice I will not review the books; there are plenty of reviews available elsewhere.  Taibbi’s book is the most entertaining, but I wasn’t reading for entertainment value.    The most significant political lessons come from reading the epilogue.  In it Matt does an outstanding job of bringing things together and offering valuable insights.

Is The Tea Party End Near?

For some time now I have been predicting the death of the Tea Party. It hasn’t happened yet. Perhaps it is wishful thinking on my part. It certainly could be patriotism! 2016 has been a strange political cycle to say the least. Drawing conclusions from it is only slightly less dangerous than running through a minefield. However, looking at some results from Kansas on Tuesday night I think I may have detected a pattern. Let’s explore. Continue reading Is The Tea Party End Near?