Next Democratic Nominee For President Needs to Be a Mayor

Posted on November 16, 2016

Here are a couple to quick steps to return the Democratic Party to power. First put the Electoral College out of business through the already partially passed interstate compact. Secondly, we need to work on the Gerrymandering that dilutes the power of urban voters.

It’s a simple fact that in the last election according to political theorist Benjamin Barber:

there is still one major institution they overwhelmingly control: cities. Of the 20 biggest US cities, only Fort Worth (Texas), San Diego (California), and Jacksonville (Florida) have Republican mayors. Across the whole US, the more densely inhabited the area was in the 2016 presidential election, the more likely it was to vote Democrat.

What’s more, Barber goes on to say:

“the one institution today that still works, where government functions, where trust levels are double the levels of other institutions,”

He makes a compelling case in his book, If Mayors Ruled the World: Dysfunctional Nations, Rising Cities.

If Democratic politics is centered in the Polis, maybe it’s time we need a re-think of all party institutions and re-center the focus there.

How different would things have been if Sec. Clinton had focused on the the economy and needs of our cities? How different can it be going forward if we look to America’s mayors and actually find the best of the best to run in 2016?

Mayor of San Antonio, Ivy Taylor

Mayor of San Antonio, Ivy Taylor

New Mayor of Houston, Sylvester Turner

New Mayor of Houston, Sylvester Turner

Mayor of New York, Bill di Blasio

Mayor of New York, Bill di Blasio

We Can Fix the Electoral College Starting Today

Posted on November 10, 2016

Considering that here in the 21st century fully 40% of our elections have been decided by the electoral college, not the popular vote, America need to do more than just think about the electoral college.

What most people don’t know, is that there is already a mechanism in-place to by-pass the electoral college. The National Popular Vote Bill has moved its way through the states. I have already been ratified by 11 jurisdictions totaling 165 of the electoral votes needed.

How does it work? Once enough states sign on to the bill to reach 270, the Bill kicks-in and all of the Electoral College votes for those states go to the National Popular vote winner.

Many of the additional states can be added either through the legislature, or through the ballot box (through the referendum process).

For more information about this movement, visit NationalPopularVote.com

Here is What Voter Suppression Looks Like in 2016

Posted on November 10, 2016

This is why Trump has no mandate. Did Romney, or McCain have a mandate? They pass suppression laws and ramped-up all of the ugliness to turn voters off.

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The Democratic Establishment Has Failed: No, We Don’t Have to Cooperate

Posted on November 10, 2016

Democracy does not demand that you cooperate with the victor, especially when the victor wins through a negative feedback loop of racism, misogyny and xenophobia powered by the mainstream media and the Clinton team’s own tactics. In fact Democracy demands we resist anti-democratic, authoritarian, and fascist impulses of the incoming regime. Democracy demands we dismantle the archaic electoral college that has thwarted the people’s will and erased their votes 40% of the time in the 21st century.

Democracy and the Democratic demands that we don’t become Vichy Democrats.

How Clinton’s Own Negative Ads and No Focused Positive Message Sunk the Clinton Campaign

Posted on November 10, 2016

We kept hearing it every day, Michelle Obama’s refrain from her DNC Speech where she said, “When they go low, we go high.” Unfortunately for the country that refrain was never really true. When the history written about the election of 2016 it will be the salient fact that Hillary Clinton’s campaign spent an overwhelming percentage of their resources trying to define Trump’s character through negative ads.

The ads in and of themselves were not bad. If anything, they were highly effective… trained targeted and polled precisely. The campaign was clearly able to define Trump as unfit for the presidency. What the Clinton campaign should have known and anticipate were the coordinated efforts by the Trump campaign, the RNC, and various PACs to depress voter turnout among key democratic demographics. The only way Trump could eke out a victory was to depress the democratic vote and vastly raise the red vote out of rural America. Trump and co. can pat themselves on the back for mission accomplished. At the end of the day fewer Americans voted in any election since 2004 and 2000. Something like 45.6% of all registered voters sat it out. The question is, why. The Trump campaign’s operation was only part of keeping the turnout low. The other support came from the Clinton campaign itself.

Even if true, week after week of negative message caused a large part of the electorate to disengage. Hacking and FBI meddling magnified the negativity even further. However, at the end of the day, it was the hundreds of millions that were spent on anti-Trump ads that did in the Clinton campaign. Extra noise in a cacophonous and poisonous environment drove voters away. This left the hardened-core of each party to vote and those who were voting who basically didn’t give a damn about Trump’s character.

But why, in the end, didn’t Trump’s character matter to them? His clear focus on core issues kept them aboard no matter what.

The Clinton campaign learned absolutely no lessons from Bernie Sanders and his supporters. They had a platform and policies that were Progressive, but little else. A prime example was her VP choice. In the end, it was absolutely clear Kaine gave Clinton no boost at all. Hell, she even came close to losing his home state of Virginia. He served only as an empty vessel for whatever her campaign poured in. While not a bad human being, he added nothing to the ticket. She missed a huge opportunity in that choice to send a message to the party base about the core issues that she supports. There were plenty of popular progressive (hell, would even Sanders have said, no?) What her team never did was distill those issues such as income inequality, healthcare, equal rights, civil rights, and education into a clear focused message (not just pages and policyspeak). Her team did not understand the difference between policy on paper, or a website and a message. Check my website is not a message. Meanwhile Trump was busy projecting core message (not policy specifics), Clinton was attacking character almost exclusively and rarely even talked about policy, never delivering a forceful progressive agenda.

The Clinton campaign helped suppress the vote. Time to own it and learn the lesson. The message is absolutely and always as important as the messenger.

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Things Lost in the Trump Fire

Posted on November 09, 2016

As a guide to my friends and family, I am have compiled a list of things lost in the 2016 election. Feel free to add to the horror in your own mind. This list is only complete as my sleep deprived mind can manage at the moment.

1. Supreme Court for a Generation (20-25yrs. folks).
2. Affordable Care Act- gone in the few months and replaced with TrumpNoCare. Try to make those payments now! Oh, that’s if you can even get insurance due to pre-existing conditions.
3. Social Security- they can do anything they want to this folks…
4. Medicare- ditto, anything they want… even eliminate.
5. Right to Choose- banned, or partially banned by throwing it back to the States.
6. Civil Rights- Voting Rights Act was already gutted. If you are a minority in America, you have just been rendered a second-class citizen again. We are about to erase the legal progress back to about 1960.
7. LGBT rights- going, going, gone.
8. Civil Liberties- Trump already talked about gutting the 1st Amendment. 4th Amendment has been under assault already for a generation. The 2nd only exists for these people.
9. Economy- remember the last time there was significant protectionism and tariffs in this country? It’s a good thing you don’t because it was prelude to the crash in 1929.
10. Foreign Affairs- Well Raytheon and the Defense contractors will be booming. I guess we can all apply there once the economy tanks.
11. College Financial Aid- loans and grants gutted, hello tax credits (which will do no good if you are poor).
12. Immigration- Illegals removed starting with those currently in detention. Executive orders will be reversed. Border militarized… hundreds of thousands of families with US citizen children will be torn apart full stop.
13. Global Warming Crisis- What crisis! Drill baby, drill…

This is the list if everything goes nicely. Not only that, Trump and the Republicans will work to push through this agenda immediately. Refer back to the kitchen sink approach used by George W. Bush ca. 2001 on… An everything all the time approach leaves a fractured opposition to any single component of their project. Trump and many of his people are authoritarians… even fascists. That’s the scariest part the main stream media never talked about. Welcome to America’s first authoritarian regime. The resistance starts today.

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The Dog Whistle of Law and Order

Posted on July 13, 2016

I just wanted to rant a little about how the Main Stream Media has ignored the racial dog whistle of Donald Trump resurrecting Nixon’s old slogan of ‘the law and order candidate’. It’s time to remember the context of 1968 when law and order meant silencing the Civil Rights movement and putting down the anti-war movement. Let’s not forget that. What’s more, the media needs to begin reporting it as to what it really means: it’s a racial dog whistle calling for the silencing of the Black Lives Matter movement.

Do your job, media!

In Memoriam

Posted on July 08, 2016

This is for those officers who gave their lives protecting people and the people’s right to peacefully assemble in the City of Dallas. Love will always defeat violence in the end. Police are not the enemy, racism is… Police are very often under-paid, over-worked and work constantly under the stress of possible gun violence.

Racism and guns… racism and guns… how many times do we have to learn that lesson in blood?

Red State Roads

Posted on July 03, 2016

Just drive around the country these days and I challenge you not to notice one simple fact: the redder the state, the worse the roads. Everywhere the right-wing has taken over in this country you find crumbling roads and bridges.

#CrookedDonald Trump Now Under Investigation for Wage Theft

Posted on June 23, 2016

#CrookedDonald Trump is now under investigation by the DOJ from stealing wages from his employees. @realdonaldTrump … http://occupydemocrats.com/2016/06/23/breaking-labor-department-launches-wage-theft-investigation-trump/