In our last post 2017 The Year the World Ends we offered some observations and advice to Democrats looking forward.to 2020. The Republicans barring death or impeachment, will put forth Donald J. Trump for re-election. The real question is what Donald J. Trump that would be. At present Republicans have great hopes for the Trump Presidency. Many echo former George W. Bush speechwriter Marc Thiessen’s jubilation at Trump’s inauguration. Writing in his 1/19 Washington Post Column, he lists a number of reasons for conservatives to celebrate. First of course is that he isn’t Hillary Clinton. He’ll appoint a Scalia clone to the Supreme Court restoring a conservative majority. The cabinet will be “perhaps the most conservative Cabinet of any president in modern history.” He’ll”break the mold of governance in Washington.” Regulatory, education and tax reform will be accomplished. Our full energy potential will be realized. National defense will be greatly strengthened. Even poverty would be addressed. Sounds as if he expects a Trump presidency would be much the same as a Kasich, Rubio or even a Jeb Bush presidency. Those Republicans agreeing with Thiessen probably see a united party riding a wave of conservative prosperity behind their “conservative” incumbent.
We don’t actually believe the world will end in 2017 but read much of the dire press predictions and warnings one could draw this conclusion. More likely it will be a very interesting year especially for our two major parties. Readers will recall our hopes for the third-party tickets especially the Libertarian. We thought neither of the major party candidates was worthy of our great nation. Alas, in spite of our best efforts, one of them was elected. Four years hence will we may be faced with similar bad choices. Barring death or impeachment (maybe more likely with this new president), we know Donald Trump will be one of the major patty candidates. That leaves it up to the Democrats to improve our choice. However, this party is moribund. At every level of government, it is in the minority or weak. Its most visible leaders are old and/or in the case of Hillary Clinton and Barrack Obama just rejected at the polls. Resistance to the Republicans seems to be limited to the old progressive standbys, protest marches and Hollywood rants. This just seems tired and out of date. Parties have come back from worse a position but not without updating methods and candidates. With the view of improving our nation’s choices, we offer some suggestions.
Rather than big protest marches that have in some cases resulted in violence and in any case repels some voters, can’t these people come up with a less in your face way of making a point? Something that has some chance of attracting new adherents. For instance instead of having a march against President elect Trump why not send musical groups to his and other public appearances and singing parodies. For instance, take the Village People’s Macho Man (if you don’t know it, listen on the internet. Catchy) and changing it to Moscow’s Man, singing Moscow’s Moscow’s Man, DJT is Moscow’s Man with numerous witty verses. With access to some of the worlds best rhymers, this shouldn’t be a problem and in any case superior to anything we could come up with. While not threatening, it would rub a sore point raw for Republicans and independents uncomfortable with Trump’s coziness with Putin while pleasing your base. You just might have Senators McCain, Rubio and Graham among other Republicans singing along. Continue reading