I’m very excited about all the new activists that this election has inspired. I love looking at photos from the marches, hearing their stories and knowing about the in-person connections made. I look forward to hearing and reading about their future successes on social media.
I want to help these new activists by connecting them with experienced activists and experts I know who kick ass. We can learn from them.
When thinking about activist actions I always want to know, “What was done in the past that worked?
What has to be done to make it work now? How do we go about doing that in our current environment?
Video of aliens flying over a wall and attacking the White House by Dan Mcenroe
My friend Cliff Schecter is starting a new podcast called An Unpresidented Podcast, Bigly that will be addressing some of these issues, especially as it concerns the media. The GoFund me link is here.
“Many of us have lamented the lack of progressive media infrastructure. I’ve given my all to combating this by founding (and partially funding) an independent, progressive radio station in Washington DC and going on independent radio and tv. With the election of Donald Trump, I . . . → Read More: Unpresidented. The Media and How They’re Spun
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The media still hasn’t figured out how to deal with Trump and his weaseling skills.
They are using the, “If a democrat did this…” model. That one was blown out of the water early. But Trump has even surpassed the “It’s Okay When You Are Republican” model. And they are light years away from the “If a regular person did this”…” model. Normal, Democratic, Republican and Decent people norms haven’t been applying to Trump. The media hasn’t adapted, but we need to.
Now I could coach the press on how to bust him, but they are too busy trying to figure out how to stop being humiliated daily.
In a recent Talking Points Memo Josh Marshall was telling the MSM to stop being crybabies about losing access. I saw how Bush treated the DC press like dirt and they ate it up. My friend Eric Boehlert’s great book Lapdogs was all about how the press rolled over for Bush.
If they do get kicked out of the press conferences they might start noticing how Trump has continued to play them. So most of them are beyond help, but that doesn’t mean that WE can’t do their job.
In the piece . . . → Read More: Weaseling Out of Things Is A Core Trump Skill
I know the D.C. Democrats are busy running around trying to find their next job and tickets to concerts, but Christ on a crutch why isn’t anyone baiting Trump about his “repeal and replace” ObamaCare promise?
At least get some people out there who can tell us what a straight up repeal would mean and what’s going to happen next. Give us some scenarios like
my hero Wendell Potter did here.
Explain that what Americans faced before ObamaCare will come rushing back, the insurance industry abuses, the crummy coverage, the out of control prices. That’s what repeal is. “But, but the law!” Well tell us exactly what can’t be done and what CAN be done.
The problem is that the media lets Trump and his spokespeople off the hook time and time again for not having a plan and how they are making promises they can’t keep.
Why are the democrats giving him more time? He has had over a year to come up with a replacement plan. Stop cutting him slack damn it! Every day they delay him prepare and lets the industry help him to the landing they want.
“But but he’s not even in office yet!” So . . . → Read More: Damn it Dems. Make news on what repealing ObamaCare means!
There is a great scene in Trading Places where the good guys win, and the bad guys are defeated. This shows the results of fighting back. This is my idea of a perfect resolution to fighting leaders and funders of the right. I know it’s a fantasy, but there are real lessons to be learned from it. You want to fight the right? This is how we fight.
What makes this clip satisfying are four parts. 1) A comeuppance that REALLY hurts them. The Dukes lost status in the eyes of their peers, they lost all their monetary assets as well as their symbolic asset–their families’ inherited seat at the stock exchange. One brother loses his health with a heart attack.
2) The brothers turn on each other. Instead of figuring out how to game the system or keep their money, they attack each other. The Dukes could have had healing power of forgiveness and love of family, but that was also destroyed. 3) The rules set up by the Dukes were used against them. The Dukes created the rules to use against others and didn’t expect the rule to apply to themselves. 4) The people who defeated them . . . → Read More: This is how we fight