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Protests Are Good … But Not Enough

Saturday, there were a number of protest marches being conducted around the country and the world, with the largest one in Washington DC.    They were marching about women’s rights and civil rights, and against the threat being posed to them by the Trump presidency and the Republican Congress.  It’s a very real threat they were marching against, because a great many rights that have up until now been taken for granted are no longer safe.

Every Republican-held state has been busily passing laws to remove funding from Planned Parenthood clinics, and close abortion clinics.  Every one of them has been passing laws that do their level best to remove or drastically reduce things like “equal pay,” maternity leave,  and a host of other protections that women enjoy.

The marches are a start, but they are only a start.

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Some Thoughts Moving Forward

It’s been seven years since I started this blog, and a lot has changed since then, and not just in my posting frequency.  Back in late 2009, I was involved in a lot of discussions at a now-defunct blog on strategy about how we would turn New York into a “solid Blue” state, taking the the only two remaining Republican House seats left in the state.  Look at the map after this last election?  It’s almost solid Red.  There are a couple of blue spots, but that’s it.  Sure,  there’s a majority of the seats still held by Democrats – mostly due to New York City – but outside of there, forget it.  In many ways, it’s a microcosm of what we see in the country.  Sure, large, very diverse cities went (or stayed) strongly Democratic, but outside of those, they switched, even in supposedly “safe” states.

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Looking Forward … and Backward

There are a lot of news stories this week relating to the May campaign reports, and in particular the pitiful amount of cash on hand that Donald Trump has.   What’s also interesting is not just that he doesn’t have much, but that it’s also impacting the Republican Party’s campaign chest.  In contrast, Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Party seem to be doing quite well.  There’s more than a little irony in this.

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Politics Is A Team Sport

Over the years, I’ve seen a lot of sports metaphors used to describe politics.  Yes, I’ve done it myself, and I’m going to do it again.   I’ve also noticed that the extremes in both parties tend to believe in a “Great Leader” scenario.  “Elect X and they will do all these wonderful things!”  When you point out that it doesn’t work that way, you’ll get dismissed as being an “in name only,” and not understanding that the Great Leader will make a speech and all will go their way.  They’re thinking that politics is a one-on-one sport, like tennis, boxing, or mixed martial arts.  They’re continually disappointed if the person they’ve designated as the next “Great Leader” is elected and fails to accomplish what they thought would happen.  The problem is they didn’t realize that politics are a team sport.

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Young People Have It Backwards

Over much of this primary season, if there’s one constant I’ve seen from various self-identified young people (under 30), it’s that the Democratic Party needs to reach out to them, to do what they want before they’ll consider voting for Democrats.  There usually follows a laundry list of demands, along with saying that the party should select candidates who would “excite the base,” or more properly, excite them.  They even have reasons why the party isn’t doing that, things like “corporate control,” “the Establishment,” and of course the ever popular “Blue Dogs.”   The reality why the party isn’t reaching out them is what they don’t realize or want to admit:  They have it backwards.

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