New Idea: Democrats need to stop acting Timid and start fighting like Republicans.


Republicans did not care in 1988 that the Willie Horton ads against Michael Dukakis were racially charged and unfair. It helped get their man, George H.W. Bush elected.

Republicans did not care in the Clinton and Obama Presidencies that their obstruction would hurt the country. They wanted to use the perceived weaknesses of the Presidents to win Congressional Majorities.

Republicans did not care that Whitewater or the Monica Lewinsky affairs were not really impeachable offenses. They just wanted to tear down Bill Clinton.

Republicans did not care that there was nothing to Donald Trump and Joe Arpaio pursuing the birther charges against Barack Obama. They just wanted to energize the racist fringe elements of their base to turn out for them even though it was all bull.

Donald Trump is a real embarrassment to the Presidency. In all likelihood, he and members of his family and campaign team did commit potentially treasonable acts in order to get elected. He is probably also guilty of obstruction of justice and campaign finance violations. He is definitely a fascist, racist and sexual predator.

Why is it so hard for Democrats to forge a united offensive strategy to defeat this man through continual sustainable investigations and the ballot box?

Democrats should look to the example of Republican turned independent Justin Amash who held a town hall in his district to explain what was in the Mueller Report. While not all people were convinced, some were.

That is what Democrats in swing districts need to do during the August recess. They should launch an extensive educational campaign with their constituents and show excerpts from the Mueller Report,  the former F.B.I. Directors testimony from July 24, and all the Congressional Subpeonas the White House is obstructing to explain why the 2016 Popular Vote Loser deserves to be at least investigated for impeachment. They will not convince everyone but as long as they should be fine electorally if they demonstrate there is merit to their viewpoints.

Democrats should take the gift that Mueller has given them in his report and personal testimony and go on the offense. That Mueller did not look polished is unimportant. He still ably pointed the way to what Mr. Trump and his team did.

Democrats should constantly challenge Republican lawmakers in their townhalls (if they dare to have any) and all venues, asking them  a series of questions that include:

1) Do you think what the President and his team did with the Russians was a good idea?

2) Why do you think the President did not obstruct justice?

3) Why will you not support bipartisan efforts to secure our election systems?

4) Why was the President afraid to appear before Robert Mueller when Bill Clinton testified to Ken Starr and George W. Bush spoke to the 9/11 Commission?

5) Why did the President not answer all of the Special Counsels written questions?

6) Was Don McGahn lying when he told Robert Mueller that Mr. Trump told him to obstruct the investigation by firing the Special Counsel?

Democrats should make Republicans have to answer these questions every day until the election.

Democrats need to constantly and consistently reinforce during the campaign season that Republican lawmakers are traitorous Judas’s who betrayed the country for tax cuts and federal judgeships (the equivalent of their 30 pieces of silver) in exchange for blindly supporting a racist lawmaking demagogue and not doing nothing to protect the integrity of the voting process.

If this were Barack Obama or Bill Clinton who had done all that the KKK endorsed candidate had done, their Vice Presidents would have become Presidents after they had been convicted in their impeachment trials and the Republicans would go after the new Presidents on trumped-up charges of being accessories.

Is there any doubt here that is what Republicans would have done if the tables were turned.
Democrats need to stop being timid and start fighting like Republicans.
The difference here is that the facts and what is right are on the Democrats side.

This is for the soul of the United States and Democrats need to fight to protect and preserve it.

A potential book to read that covers some of the same themes is David Faris’s It’s Time to Fight Dirty: How Democrats Can Build a Lasting Majority in American Politics

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David Gordon
Living in Arizona since his family moved to Tempe from New York in 1982, David Gordon has three degrees from Arizona State University and the University of Phoenix in History, Political Science, and Secondary School Administration. A highly qualified Social Studies instructor and Certified School Principal, Mr. Gordon owned his own charter school, Grand Canyon College Preparatory Academy from 1997-2016. The school served students in grades 6-12 in the East Valley of Maricopa County. Many of the graduates of GCP earned college credit for free while still attending high school, some completing the first year of college before graduating. Among the speakers at the school's graduations were noted figures in Arizona Politics like Harry Mitchell, David Schweikert, Juan Mendes, Andrew Sherwood, and John Huppenthal. Mr. Gordon also participated in the revisions of the Arizona History and Social Studies standards. In January 2017, Mr. Gordon started the political blog Twenty-First Century Progressive Bull Moose. It has a global following and routinely comments on the political events of the day. Mr. Gordon also helps administer the Facebook page Living Blue in Arizona. He is also currently writing a series of Young Adult science fiction novels which incorporate the themes of time travel and its impact on history. Mr. Gordon is very happy to be asked to join the Blog for Arizona team and hopes to spread the progressive word to make Arizona a better place for everyone.