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How to beat an autocrat--- interesting article with advice how to beat Trump


"That’s why those seeking to defeat Trumpism have to turn to an opposition playbook outside of the American paradigm. Yes, there has been no dearth of compelling and cathartic anti-Trump ads. But there is also a real concern that voters are increasingly desensitized to the negativity and need to imagine not just overthrowing Trump but what the future will look like without him.

There is a useful anti-authoritarian playbook to employ, tracking the phrase “Vamos a decir que no… la alegría ya viene” (or “We’re going to say no… happiness is coming”). The “No” campaign to oust Augusto Pinochet in the 1988 Chilean national plebiscite models how to expose the monstrous cruelty of an autocratic regime and then project an uplifting image for happier days ahead.

Their successful television ad campaign, documented in the 2012 film No, was a one-two punch. They first decried the inhumanity of the Pinochet regime—the authoritarian rhetoric, the chilling and killing of the opposition, and the body bags —and then beamed the sunny faces free of Pinochet. The compelling ad campaign helped galvanize a record-setting voter registration campaign and a coalescing of opposition leaders, much like Democrats saw this year in Bernie Sanders’ and Elizabeth Warren’s full-throated support for the Biden-Harris ticket.

The Chilean lesson—as the plebiscite successfully unseated the dictator and set the groundwork for a return to liberal democracy—is clear: On the campaign trail, Democrats must remind the American people that Donald Trump, through his governance, has proven to be the most anti- and un-American president in our history. Biden and Harris should not be afraid to reiterate why he is an exception to American democracy: A president impeached for corruption, and whose continued corruption denied our country protection against the virus.

Then they must embody in these closing days of the campaign what exactly American democracy looks like, that would make America once again move toward a more perfect union, and how a vote for them will be a vote to let America be America once again. "
Posted by LymphocyteLover | Sat Aug 29, 2020, 09:55 PM (4 replies)

What Katie Porter taught us at the DeJoy hearing


Good piece. The conclusion--

"Porter’s questioning was instructive in several respects.

First, grilling administration witnesses about whether they explicitly received direction from President Trump is a waste of time. These appointees get their jobs because they understand what Trump wants. If there is any confusion, they read the president’s daily tweets.

Second, asking witnesses to confess to corrupt motives is also futile. The best you can do is establish the lack of qualifications and any donations the appointees made to Trump. You don’t have to be a rocket scientist, for example, to figure out that Gordon Sondland, a former ambassador to the European Union who had no diplomatic experience, got the job because he donated $1 million to Trump’s inaugural committee.

Finally, she has aptly underscored the degree to which the Trump administration cares not one wit about good governance. It is a government designed to serve Trump’s grudges and conspiratorial paranoia while allowing cronies to feather their own nests. After failing so miserably at his job and revealing how little qualified he is for the job, DeJoy, one might hope, would resign out of shame. But this, remember, is an administration without apologies or regrets. Just lots of scandals."
Posted by LymphocyteLover | Tue Aug 25, 2020, 08:16 PM (10 replies)

they call us the "Democrat party"

I think every speaker at the RNC was required to use the improper pejorative "Democrat party" when referring to the party but better yet, call us socialists and Marxists. I lost count of how time they said it. They are such gross childish bullies.
Posted by LymphocyteLover | Mon Aug 24, 2020, 09:25 PM (29 replies)

Powerful ad from the Democratic candidate for Governor in Indiana

Posted by LymphocyteLover | Mon Aug 17, 2020, 02:10 PM (7 replies)

OUTRAGEOUS new scheme to suppress vote by mail

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The Postal Service has informed states that they’ll need to pay first-class 55-cent postage to mail ballots to voters, rather than the normal 20-cent bulk rate. That nearly triples the per-ballot cost.

Posted by LymphocyteLover | Sat Aug 8, 2020, 10:06 AM (21 replies)

Has any country that has gotten the Coronvirus under control

done it using hydroxychloroquine?
Posted by LymphocyteLover | Sat Aug 1, 2020, 11:58 AM (4 replies)
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