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Replace Dem's Donkey with a Mustang?

New Year Resolution:
Change the damn donkey to a Mustang.

Why? Since Democrats have proven to be galloping into the future with greater poise and intelligence (best with the economy, most committed to public education, most consistently backing worker's rights, civil rights, the environment, etc).

Let's get innovative, beginning with the psychic rush of having an icon associated with the American frontier spirit. These are very independent horses – not the snooty Thoroughbreds and Quarter Horses.

Some online comments on Mustangs:

"I have mustangs of my own and once you get their trust they are they are very smart horses. I've had other types of horses but after I got mustangs I will never go back to another type of horse, because to me they are the best horses out there."

"To me at least, besides the fact that mustangs are the embodiment of our ideas and the spirit of the wild west, they are one of the most enduring and intelligent horses ever. They have survived without our help for as long as they have existed..."

Posted by DemocracyMouse | Sun Dec 31, 2017, 06:54 PM (17 replies)

Rethinking democracy!

Instead of beating our heads against the same old wall ... let's rethink the problem of governance:


Old Paradigm:

"SOCIALISM" vs "CAPITALISM"


New Paradigm:

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. . . . econ . . . —— . . . econ . .
. . . . . . . —— . . . . —— . . . . . . .
. . . . — INFRASTRUCTURE — . . . . .
. . . . . . . —— . . . . —— . . . . . . .
. . . . econ . . . —— . . . econ . .
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


Infrastructure = soft + hard operating systems with democratic oversight and the US Constitution as the source code. A universal basic income would allow more children to join the economy on a more equal footing with their luckier neighbors.

econ = a people's economy. Free enterprise that allows small businesses to fluorish free of monopoly intrusion.
Posted by DemocracyMouse | Sun Dec 31, 2017, 12:28 PM (7 replies)

"Infrastructure" not "Socialism"

Instead of the duality "socialism vs capitalism" can we start pitching "infrastructure FOR a people's economy"?

A healthy infrastructure of trains, bridges, education, social services and representative government – with the US Constitution at its core – presents a bullseye image where the inner infrastructure supports a non-monopolistic people's economy.

Democrats have understood this intuitively and the economy – the outermost ring – has thrived under Democratic presidents. By reframing the debate we can own the concept that Democrats are better at managing the economy. Stimulus spending on the infrastructure during the Great Depression and the recent Great Recession lead to significant recoveries. The formula is as old as the hills and is even in the Old Testament.

The tiresome oppositional approach – which Republicans goad us into taking – is a rhetorical trap. As my father, an economist, used to say: "Humans wear many hats." We're both cooperative and competitive, builders and reformers, property owners and people sharing a commons. So for the New Year ahead, can we establish an image of nested systems –with the US Constitution as the central operating system? It suggests something positive, anchoring and functional.

The knee jerk Republican effort to destroy the social, physical and institutional supports at the CENTER of our system looks a whole lot worse when we reframe welfare, democratic institutions, education, net neutrality, etc., as infrastructure and not as "socialism."

I hope this makes sense. It's the kind of language and vision change we may need to work on within Democratic circles – a kind of talking point.

Posted by DemocracyMouse | Sun Dec 31, 2017, 02:18 AM (6 replies)

New Language for the New Year

Instead of the duality "socialism vs capitalism" can we start pitching "infrastructure for a people's economy"?

A healthy infrastructure of trains, bridges, education, social services and representative government – with the US Constitution at its core – presents a bullseye image where one supports the other. Democrats have understood this intuitively and the economy – the outermost ring – has thrived under Democratic presidents. By reframing the debate we can own the concept that Democrats are better at managing the economy. Keynesian stimulus spending on the infrastructure during the Great Depression and the recent Great Recession lead to significant recoveries. The formula is as old as the hills and is even in the Old Testament (raise taxes during good times, increase spending during hard times).

The tiresome oppositional approach – which Republicans goad us into taking – is a rhetorical trap leading to futility. As my father, an economist, used to say: "Humans wear many hats." We're both cooperative and competitive, builders and reformers, property owners and people sharing a commons. So for the New Year ahead, can we establish an image of nested systems –with the US Constitution as the central operating system? It suggests something positive, anchoring and functional.

The knee jerk Republican effort to destroy the social, physical and institutional supports at the center of our system can then be more easily seen as an attempt to throw us back to the middle ages. Feudalism anyone?

In the sense that I'm using it, infrastructure includes both hard and soft systems: trains, bridges, court houses, education and bank regulations alike.
Posted by DemocracyMouse | Sat Dec 30, 2017, 09:53 PM (0 replies)

Vaudeville vs Villainy II

The Russians have landed. Kompromat is easy in the USA, especially among liberals who seem eager to shoot down men, not for actual sexual assault, but for vaudeville and clumsy flirting. My girlfriend is calling this wave of overreaction a new "red menace." Republican operatives and trolls can send a few hints to colleagues of any targetted progressive and whoosh! Let the gossip percolate!

The newly fallen victims of American Kompromat:

—NPR's Leonard Lopate for risquι talk after work with colleagues from another department.

—Detroit's progressive, pulitzer prize-winning Stephen Henderson for flirting after hours.

— NPRs Garrison Keillor for unwanted advances.

Surely the O'Reilly's and Weinstein's of the world deserved to be removed from their posts, but the recent stories sound too flimsy to warrant the punishments meted out.

Why fire the the clumsy Vaudevillians when you could be going after the actual VILLAINS: the THOUSANDS of CEOs, HR staff, lawyers, bankers and accountants, male and female, who engineer and enable the non-living wages of millions. Those people cause hunger, strife and broken families. THAT's abuse – and come to think of it, when people are hungry, holding down several jobs, and sleeping in their offices, their sexuality is more than assaulted, it's completely extinguished.

In contrast, what have our media heroes done? Many have shed light on such injustice. They may have also made a number of foolish remarks, an awkward pass or two, a clumsy photo shoot. But surely they can be handled through other means –suspension, sensitivity training, etc. I've had female bosses and co-workers make passes at me, place their head in my lap and break into tears, jump on my lap to share a car ride, take revenge on me when I rejected advances, make rude comments about my underwear.... but not once did I ever call for their being fired.

If the women's movement can't draw the line and direct its energy to real abuses of power, the growing oligarchy will turn us all back into peasants. And THAT's a condition where sexual assault will fluorish.
Posted by DemocracyMouse | Sat Dec 23, 2017, 03:02 AM (0 replies)

Franken's Vaudeville vs Trump's Villainy

Has anyone noticed the schism between the arts and the political sciences playing out in the Franken story?

Al Franken was, and still is, a member of the creative, emotionally skilled, and often humorous classes. Political science types, however, have skills of a different kind. No wonder Al's vaudevilian send-up of groping, which in essence was a satire, was taken literally by many politicos. Furthermore his overt, affectionate photo ops were distorted into something which prompted him to say "I remember those incidents differently." He never got his ethics review after his incredibly tender admission that maybe someone, somewhere was hurt by something he did. Until that point few public figures had handled such accusations so well. And Al's were even spearheaded by political operatives like Tweeden and Roger Stone who were associated with the increasingly debased and corrupted Republican Party.

As we continue to withdraw funding for the arts from our schools, and as the contemporary arts of motion picture production and internet publishing lags behind traditional arts instruction, we may be creating a nation of emotional and aesthetic illiterates. I cannot explain Al's media lynching in any other way.

Another thing: Franken is Jewish and his huggy body language may be untranslatable to many of the white, Anglo-Saxon Protestants who make up a large percentage of the Senate.

Our country must separate the creative vaudevillians from the actual villains or we will go insane. We need serious emotional development and cultural evolution. As the machines advance, we seem to conclude "more courses in computer programming!" But what we need, I believe, is media, design, humor and cultural literacy.
Posted by DemocracyMouse | Fri Dec 22, 2017, 03:43 AM (5 replies)
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