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Trump's leaving the Whitehouse...

... IF WE WANT IT! (paraphrasing John Lennon and Yoko Ono). But don't wait till the day after the election! Please start planning to help get out the vote.

1) Google your local Democratic headquarters, contact them, and ask where you are needed most. They will assign you to a town or neighborhood and provide specific addresses to go door-to-door (and they'll provide a clipboard with helpful guidelines).

2) Bring a friend or two for company and confidence. This is what fellow DU member "underpants" says about safety:

"You won't get much hassle in fact I had people thank me for doing what I was doing - from both sides. I had 2 people give me a hard time out of those 1,400 doors."

But campaigning with a buddy is more about enthusiasm. You are saying with your group energy: "We can't wait to vote!" That's infectious.

3) You will probably be asked to emphasize certain points while speaking to people, but you'll quickly get the hang of it and can speak in your own words. Always be polite and let the person feel heard. Just standing calm and convinced is a better argument than getting into a huff. Let your warmth and calm be a model for the better party. Inspire people to vote, don't tell them to.

4) Tell your social networks you are planning to go door-to-door. Start a fever in your network.

5) Have fun saving your country! Tell your social network the election night party is at your place and anyone who goes door-to-door gets a kiss (or whatever your scene would find charming).

I welcome corrections and further suggestions below. When I first posted this under a less scintillating title, a rather street smart DU member (those "underpants" again!) recommended bringing along a Sharpie:

Have a Sharpie type pen with you. You probably will have some sort of flier to leave at the door for non-answers. If there is any kind of school flags or anything add a note to the flier like "Go Hokies!" "Go Hoos!" If you don't know the mascot have your phone and google it. Or you can just add a "Tim says Hi!" type thing.

Posted by DemocracyMouse | Mon Aug 6, 2018, 04:02 PM (1 replies)

What most cats hate to do

I guarantee most of our feline associates find going door-to-door for the Democrats this fall a huge inconvenience, but MAYBE one or two will pack a few sandwiches for the team.

To my fellow humans who share my conviction it's up to OUR species to turn this planet around: I am not claiming to be an expert in campaigning, but I can share my experiences going door-to-door for Obama, Sanders and Clinton. I welcome your input here. (And please forgive my clumsy attempts to get everyone's attention!).

1) Google your local Democratic headquarters, contact them, and ask where you are needed most. They will assign you to a town or neighborhood and provide specific addresses to visit (and a clipboard to look super official with).

2) Bring a friend or two for company and confidence. This is what fellow DU member "underpants" says about safety:

"You won't get much hassle in fact I had people thank me for doing what I was doing - from both sides. I had 2 people give me a hard time out of those 1,400 doors."

But campaigning with a buddy is more about enthusiasm. You are saying with your group energy: "We can't wait to vote!" That's infectious.

3) You will probably be asked to emphasize certain points while speaking to people, but you'll quickly get the hang of it and can speak in your own words. Always be polite and let the person feel heard. Just standing calm and convinced is a better argument than getting into a huff. Let your warmth and calm be a model for the better party. Inspire people to vote, don't tell them to.

4) Tell your social networks you are planning to go door-to-door. Start a fever in your network.

5) Have fun saving your country! Tell your social network the election night party is at your place and anyone who goes door-to-door gets a kiss (or whatever your scene would find charming).

I welcome corrections and further suggestions below. When I first posted this under a less scintillating title, a rather street smart DU member (those "underpants" again!) recommended bringing along a Sharpie:

Have a Sharpie type pen with you. You probably will have some sort of flier to leave at the door for non-answers. If there is any kind of school flags or anything add a note to the flier like "Go Hokies!" "Go Hoos!" If you don't know the mascot have your phone and google it. Or you can just add a "Tim says Hi!" type thing.


Posted by DemocracyMouse | Mon Aug 6, 2018, 12:05 PM (0 replies)

Don't go door-to-door for the Democrats...

...if it interrupts all the fun you're having reading stories about crazy Trumpworld.

BUT if you want actual political change, stop watching and join us in campaigning door-to-door.

GO DOOR-TO-DOOR? YES!!!

I am not claiming to be an expert in these matters, but I can share my experiences going door-to-door for Obama, Sanders and Clinton. I welcome your input here.

1) Google your local Democratic headquarters, contact them, and ask where you are needed most. They will assign you to a town or neighborhood and provide specific addresses to visit.

2) Bring a friend or two for company and confidence. You are saying with your group presence and enthusiasm: "I can't wait to vote." That's infectious.

3) You will probably be asked to emphasize certain points while speaking to people, but you'll quickly get the hang of it and can speak in your own words. Always be polite and let the person feel heard. Just standing calm and convinced is a better argument than getting into a huff. Let your warmth and calm be a model for the better party. Inspire people to vote, don't tell them to.

4) Do mark down on the clipboard whether each home you visit is answered by the resident and where they are leaning. The sheets provided to you should be self-explanatory. (And if any Dem committee folks are listening: PLEASE make your clipboard materials graphically clear and user-friendly. Don't skimp on giving a serious graphic designer a job.)

5) Tell your social networks when you are planning to go door-to-door. Start a fever in your network.

6) Have fun saving your country! Tell your social network the election night party is at your place and anyone who goes door-to-door gets a kiss (or whatever your scene would find charming).

I welcome corrections and further suggestions below. When I first posted this under a less scintillating title, a DU member ("underpants" ) recommended bringing along a Sharpie:

Have a Sharpie type pen with you. You probably will have some sort of flier to leave at the door for non-answers. If there is any kind of school flags or anything add a note to the flier like "Go Hokies!" "Go Hoos!" If you don't know the mascot have your phone and google it. Or you can just add a "Tim says Hi!" type thing.



Posted by DemocracyMouse | Sun Aug 5, 2018, 07:54 PM (15 replies)

How to go door-to-door

I am not claiming to be an expert in these matters, but I can share my experiences going door-to-door for Obama and Clinton. I welcome your input here.

1) Google your local Democratic headquarters, contact them, and ask where you are needed most. They will assign you to a town or neighborhood and provide specific addresses to visit.

2) Bring a friend or two for company and confidence. You are saying with your presence "I can't wait to vote." That's infectious.

3) You will probably be asked to emphasize certain points while speaking to people, but you'll quickly get the hang of it and can speak in your own words. Always be polite and let the person feel heard. Just standing calm and convinced is a better argument than getting into a huff. Let your warmth and calm be a model for the better party. Inspire people to vote, don't tell them to.

4) Do mark down on the clipboard whether each home you visit is answered by the resident and where they are leaning. The sheets provided to you should be self-explanatory. (And if any Dem committee folks are listening, PLEASE make your clipboard materials graphically clear, simple and user-friendly. Don't skimp on giving a serious text/graphic designer a job.)

5) Tell your social networks when you are planning to go door-to-door. Start a fever in your network.

6) Have fun saving your country! Tell your social network the election night party is at your place and anyone who goes door-to-door gets a kiss (or whatever your scene would find charming).

I welcome corrections and further suggestions below.



Posted by DemocracyMouse | Fri Aug 3, 2018, 02:06 PM (9 replies)

Innocent children are STILL separated from parents + crying convulsively in US concentration camps?

Then every serious news source should quote in the DEAD CENTER of their first page:

Article 5 of The Universal Declaration of Human Rights:
"No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment."

And this should be repeated until Trump, Sessions and all those fascists and extended crime families are in jail.
Posted by DemocracyMouse | Mon Jul 30, 2018, 04:01 PM (7 replies)

A Radical Democratic Center?

Yes, you read that right. The main thrust of Democrats for the last century has been pro-change, pro-human rights, pro-environment.

And weirdly, BOTH the "progressives" and the "establishment" have a considerable venn diagram overlap. Call it the radical center. And it's what has always moved Democrats to vote.

I lead discussions on DU over the weekend and learned a lot about people's feelings regarding certain buzz words. The following reflects my findings and proposes a language, and a model of good government, which might further unite and propel the Democratic Party.

A New Vision for a Civil Economy

I recommend that we abandon the "socialism vs capitalism" rhetoric. Let us call instead for a CIVIL INFRASTRUCTURE for a CIVIL ECONOMY. A civil infrastructure of public roads, public education, net neutrality, bank regulation, healthcare, police reform and renewed voting rights, etc., would essentially feed a civil economy of small, innovative businesses. A civil infrastructure regulates big business for the purpose of creating a fair playing field for small business and individuals. Trust busting and support for unions, as occurred after the Great Depression, would be essential.

We should stop letting Republicans frame the national discourse as "WELFARE/SOCIALISM" vs "CAPITALISM." We should immediately state "that's just dumb" and point out that governing in a high tech society requires the building of a strong, efficient CIVIL INFRASTRUCTURE as a foundation upon which to grow the economy at every level. One supports the other like a lattice supports cell cultures. With a healthy, educated populace and fair rules and regulations, everyone gets to participate, not just the overpaid tiers of society.

What I'm proposing is a nested model of society, or a circle inside a circle:

AT THE CENTER: a democratically determined infrastructure of both hard and soft systems.

AROUND THE CENTER: continuously emerging economic activity of the people, by the people.

This is, from a theoretical standpoint, Wired Magazine meets The Nation. Biology meets economics. EO Wilson meets John Maynard Keynes.

All of the traditional Democratic priorities going back to the New Deal, from raising the minimum wage to supporting unions and public education, fosters a robust civil economy.

In other words, Democrats must not be trapped into defending welfare AGAINST capitalism. We should reframe the debate. Welfare and all the other regulations, public services and environmental protections are there to support a healthy CIVIL ECONOMY. And the proof is in the pudding: Democratic policies have usually been great for the economy. Republicans, in their deep, paranoid stupidity, foster recessions. Its an historic cycle we have rarely pointed out and exploited for votes.

In the 1990s I saw Bill Clinton give a speech about the Democratic/Republican cycle of boom and bust. It was a revelation to me. The point is rarely made unfortunately, and it's largely because most Democrats don't realize how their own good policies (with notable exceptions) function to grow the economy for all, not just the 1%.

I would love to hear thoughtful feedback on this vision and this model, which replaces socialism VERSUS capitalism with civil infrastructure FOR a civil economy.

Posted by DemocracyMouse | Mon Jul 23, 2018, 08:06 PM (6 replies)

Democrats OWN the Civil Economy

I lead a discussion on DU over the weekend and learned a lot about people's feelings regarding certain buzz words. This new piece reflects a lot of great input:

Civil Infrastructure for a Civil Economy

I recommend that we abandon the "socialism vs capitalism" rhetoric. Let us call instead for a CIVIL INFRASTRUCTURE for a CIVIL ECONOMY. It may help unify progressives and centrists and help put some wind in our sails as we aporoach elections in November.

Democrats should emphasize a CIVIL INFRASTRUCTURE of public roads, public education, net neutrality, bank regulation and healthcare, etc., which essentially feeds a CIVIL ECONOMY of small, innovative businesses. A civil infrastructure regulates big business for the purpose of creating a fair playing field for small business and individuals. Trust busting and support for unions, just as occurred after the Great Depression, would be essential.

We should stop letting Republicans frame the national discourse as "WELFARE (or SOCIALISM) vs CAPITALISM." We should immediately state "that's just dumb" and point out that governing in a high tech society requires the building of a good, efficient CIVIL INFRASTRUCTURE to grow the economy with an educated populace and fair rules and regulations so everyone gets to participate.

What I'm proposing is a nested model of society with a democratically determined infrastructure at the center of a continuously emergent system. Wired Magazine meets The Nation. Biology meets economics.

All of the traditional Democratic priorities going back to the New Deal, from raising the minimum wage to supporting unions and public education, fosters a civil economy.

In other words, Democrats must not be trapped into defending welfare against capitalism. We should reframe the debate. Welfare and all the other regulations, public services and environmental protections are there to support a CIVIL ECONOMY. Democratic policies have usually been great for the economy. Republicans, in their deep, selfish stupidity, foster recessions. Its a historical fact we have rarely exploited.

In the 1990s I saw Bill Clinton give a speech about the Democrat/Republican cycle of boom and bust. It was a revelation to me. The point is rarely made unfortunately, and it's largely because most Democrats don't realize how their own good policies function to grow the economy for all, not just the 1%.
Posted by DemocracyMouse | Mon Jul 23, 2018, 02:09 PM (5 replies)

Socialism vs Capitalism? Really?

I recommend that we abandon the "socialism vs capitalism" nonsense and call for a "PEOPLE's ECONOMY." It may help unify progressives and centrists.

Deeper still, Democrats should emphasize a "PEOPLE'S INFRASTRUCTURE" of public roads, education and healthcare, etc., to foster a "PEOPLE'S ECONOMY" of small, innovative businesses.

I'll bet five peaches no one here will find this sufficiently pithy to respond to... but I hope one or two thinks about the implications of socially responsible INFRASTRUCTURE as ECONOMICALLY GENERATIVE. It's a nested model of society with a democratically determined infrastructure at the center of a continuously emergent system. Wired Magazine meets The Nation. Biology meets economics.

I'd even hazard to coin a term, DEMOSTRUCTURE, to imply a democratically determined infrastructure.
Posted by DemocracyMouse | Sun Jul 22, 2018, 06:49 PM (32 replies)

BONDING ACTION METHOD (007 B.A.M)

WE MUST PUT DOWN OUR KNITTING....
And hit the streets and interwebs NOW.
Don't wait people... we're actually under attack.

THE 007 BONDING ACTION METHOD (B.A.M.) to WARM UP THE COUNTRY TO VOTING for DEMOCRATS:

1) Talk to everyone you meet, including retailers, about voting. Be sweet. It's contagious.

2) Photocopy and distribute the following Wash. Post statement (and other quotes):
https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/opinion/the-entire-republican-party-is-becoming-a-russian-asset/ar-BBKSkAu?li=BBnb7Kz

3) Make a "VOTE DEMOCRATS NOV. 6" sign that covers your ENTIRE bumper. Don't mention T or the Repugs by name, just extol the virtues of Democrats. ($15/hr. min. wage; Medicare for all; clean air, water and government, etc.)

4) Throw a party and BOND over doing these tactics as a group for motivation. Call it the "007 Bonding Action Method (BAM)". Yes it's corny, but corny is memorable.

5) Yes, also hit the interwebs to post these PERSONAL street tactics AND UPLOAD PIX of the FUN you are having as you SAVE the country. Include "007 B.A.M." to help it go viral (among young people especially). ...Or make up your own branding. Make it sing. Aesthetics matter.

EVERY MARKETING EXPERT WILL TELL YOU:
THE PERSONAL TOUCH IS 10x BETTER THAN ADS.

with love,
Democracy Mouse
Posted by DemocracyMouse | Fri Jul 20, 2018, 11:54 PM (0 replies)

Dear Mainstream Media: OUT their strategies

Today DU contributor Tommy Carcetti brilliantly outlined the strategies Trump/Fox/Putin are likely to use going forward after that disastrous display of fealty to Putin earlier this week. (That's here: https://www.democraticunderground.com/100210895929 ).

It was then recommended by DU member Zentrum that we move these analyses out of the DU thinktank and into the mainstream media (MSM) so staffers have the tools they need to avoid inadvertantly pandering to herr Putin themselves. ("Tweet it to Maddow." )

LET'S DO THIS!

OUT THEIR STRATEGIES!

If we ACTIVELY reach out to the press in such a fashion, eventually a staffer or two in the MSM will realize the strategies used by Fox/Trump/Putin (ENEMIES OF DEMOCRACY AND THE CONSTITUTION) and start STATING it as such.

Here's an example of a more accurately written statement a staffer could put forward into the daily press churn:

"Today, using a strategy he and Donald Trump used during the 2016 election, Fox Entertainment* host Sean Hannity repeated a statement originally put forward by the Russian oligarch, Vladimir Putin."**

*Fox has stated in court, in order to deflect lawsuits, that it is entertainment and opinion, not news. Never call it Fox News kids. Never.

**As a self-appointed leader who jails and kills his adversaries, it is more salient to tie Putin to the word "oligarch" than to "president."
Posted by DemocracyMouse | Thu Jul 19, 2018, 11:45 AM (3 replies)
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