Position Paper: Pep Rally
Summer is like the Playoffs: Win or Go Home, Fall off or Fall forward. #punswild
Here we are. At the midpoint. This is supposed to be your year. Still can be. Even if it hasn’t been thus far. Scrap it. Everyone is 0-0 now. You made it. We made it.
Welcome to the Playoffs!
2012 is tomorrow. Not literally. But, kind of. Depends on when you read this. Hopefully we are sharing this sooner than later. But, better later than never.
Hey! It’s the Playoffs! Turn it up! Get it poppin’! ______(insert your favorite motivating phrase)!
Here’s the beauty of the Playoffs: it isn’t zero sum. You don’t have to lose in order for me to win. Vice versa. We can all play together. Or not. Either way, one’s success doesn’t necessitate the other’s failure.
Obviously, this is idealism. But, it’s almost 2012: Optimists v. Pessimists; Change v. Tea; #Winning v. #EPICFAIL.
We’re either together or we aren’t. And if we aren’t it’s cool. But, we should be.
I need Your help. We can be useful to One another. Let Us be great.
The Official Photo shot by @jgenius. #sixwordstories
There are commentators and arm chair analysts opining that the 2012 Obama for President campaign can not run on Change. They are saying so with such certainty that they need only support their position with a simple phrase: “He just can’t.”
Why would the Administration concede that America can not change; that the mountain we set out to climb is much higher and more frigid than we could have imagined; that it would be best if we just called the whole thing off.
It is still too early to tell what the 2012 theme will be. Yet, no matter the future winning slogan, this election will be an examination of whether the majority of voters continue to desire a lil bit of Change. Post-2012 it will be clear whether the majority is resilient enough to continue enduring the labor and pains of Changing America or whether they are ready to change clothes and head to the Tea Party.
Position Paper: Fantastic Fantasy
Prevailing logic says those from the bottom who roll with the Tea Party’s line of thinking do so because they are not disheartened by the fact that the authors penning their manifesto prosper as they flounder. Instead, they are riled up by and rallying around the fact that all hell is breaking loose and it has to be someone’s fault. The Koch’s proclaim that it is the Obama Administration’s fault and many Americans have taken their word for it.
These hard working citizens are open to any explanation for their misfortune that does not end in it being their fault. No matter the long-term soundness of the Obama Administration’s economic policy, current conditions make it easy for the opposition to proclaim that their policies are bad for America. Even though those framing the argument are misleading their constituents by massaging the facts to fit around their faulty reasoning, the opposition’s claims have proven convincing and catalyzing.
When the Koch’s call the President a radical egalitarian, they have found a receptive audience in American’s who are losing assets and increasing liabilities in spite of doing what they are advised would lead to propertied wealth: getting educated; applying themselves; and playing politics. Burning ambition and blind aspiration are as American as apple pie, so the rich find a receptive audience when they direct the non-rich to pull themselves up.
American’s appreciate a well-crafted story. We find fantasy fantastic.
Notably and somewhat ironically, both the Change and Tea Party movements owe much of their success to the power of compelling narratives— as did the New Frontier, Reaganism, the Third Way, and Compassionate Conservatism. In their choice between Change and the Tea Party, constituents align with the side whose fantastic fantasy about a better America they find most fascinating. Despite the fact that the Tea Party’s policies provide the rich with a mandate to operate with an insurmountable advantage, leaving the non-rich at the mercy of the rich’s benevolence, the Koch’s tell an unbelievable tale coaxing sensible citizens to buy tickets to the grand ole party.
Winning the future requires that the Obama Campaign to release a sequel to the Change blockbuster that features a phenomenal plot with a happy ending where the wealth, education, and opportunity disparity in America and in the world astonishingly subsides.
Tea Party Emotional Paradox of the Day: Ronald Reagan Says Being in a Union is a Basic Human Right
From a story in my hometown paper under the headline, “Local Tea Party member upset after his U.S. flag is stolen”
“I fly it upside down to signify my disagreement with the government in the way they are handling everything, with their failure to follow the constitution, and Obama is making all these rules off the top of his head changing things and doing things,” said Jackson, a Cold War and Vietnam-era Army veteran and member of the local Tea Party. “I feel the country is in dire distress.”
Fellow veterans have made their disapproval known to Jackson. While it is not illegal to fly the flag upside down, they say doing so dishonors the flag and what it means to them.
About a week before the flag disappeared, Jackson told deputies, he was confronted by a veteran at Houma’s Starbucks who demanded the flag be flown properly.
“I told him my flag was right-side up that day, but that I was going to take it down and put it upside down again. I told him ‘You can’t tell me what to do with that flag,’ ” Jackson said.
Jackson said he turned it upside down again on Feb. 20, discovering it was missing following an afternoon nap. “My flag was gone, and the piece of rope that held it up had been cut in half,” he said.