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THE STRATEGIES I WOULD TAKE IF I WERE RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT, THE SENATE, OR THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
I have recently realized that I haven’t written about politics on this blog for a while.
After observing what our President-who-will-continue-to-not-be-named and his people have been up to these past eight months, with his approval ratings remaining at the lowest of any commander-in-chief,
It surprises me that no one from the Democrats has talked about strategies regarding how to take Capitol Hill and the White House back in 2018 and 2020, respectively.
I don’t pretend to be an absolute expert in politics, and I’m aware that it would be a bit more complicated, but here is what I would do if I were running for the Senate or the House in next year’s midterm elections;
Or more importantly, the presidency in three years, where the way things are going, it would mark a GOLDEN opportunity to tell President You-Know-Who two words that he has told many people on that reality show of his…
ONE OF THE ULTIMATE GOALS: To see a lot less of this…
1. HIT THE MIDWESTERN/RUST BELT STATES AND HIT THEM HARD.
The reason why our President-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named is sitting in the Oval Office?
The states of Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin.
Having been blue (going for Democrats) for over thirty years, it was their voters switching to You-Know-Who and turning their states red that was the difference last November.
Which I will always say was completely Hillary Clinton’s fault, as she completely took those states for granted; former President Barack Obama (I’m quite proud to mention his name!) said that while he took twelve trips to Michigan to campaign for the former First Lady and Secretary of State, she didn’t make one appearance.
This is why I’ve said that You-Know-Who did not win the 2016 election; Hillary lost it.
I would not make that same mistake!
To say that I would have a constant presence in those three states – plus Ohio, as that’s always been and will always be a crucial swing state – would be an understatement as I would have campaign office in as many cities as possible and hold rallies and town hall meetings in cities such as Pittsburgh, Detroit, Milwaukee, Cleveland, and Columbus so often that people would get tired of me.
I would also sent folks such as Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren to those states, particularly hitting the smaller towns (as would I).
Those folks need to know that the Democrats are for them, which they didn’t feel in 2016.
Which is why they went for He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named.
2. BORROW A CAMPAIGN PHRASE THAT WORKED FOR A ICONIC CONSERVATIVE IN 1980
I remember Ronald Reagan, during his campaign for President in 1980 amongst crises like inflation, the gas shortage, and those 44 hostages being held in Iran, saying something like this during a commercial,
“Are you better off now than you were four years ago (or two years ago if I was running for Congress)?”
“Do you have a secure job with benefits?”
“Do you have solid healthcare?”
“If so, then feel free to vote for my worthy candidate. “
(I’ll let you figure out the rest)
With tensions between the U.S. and North Korea at its highest in 65 years, You-Know-Who and Kim Jong Un threatening to nuke each other’s countries,
And with the homeless issue now at a crisis, tensions between the different races and ethnic groups at an all-time low, and employment not greatly improving among other things,
It’s safe to say that for the working class folks in particular who supported our President-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named in droves,
Things are not any better for them personally then they were when he took the Oath of Office last January.
Which is why I would state the phrase “Are you better off now than…” every chance I got; every campaign rally, every town hall meeting, every debate.
3. VOW TO CUT TAXES FOR THE MIDDLE CLASS – AND PROVIDE JOBS
This is for all those who tend to vote Republican because they hate being taxed.
Cutting taxes for people and families making (just throwing numbers out there; it’s obviously something that would have to be worked out) between $50,000 – $200,000 would rebuild a middle class that has been all but eliminated.
It would do wonders for the economy as such folks would have more money to spend.
And yes, taxes on those who can easily afford it – millionaires and billionaires – would be raised, with a list on what those funds would be spent on: Infrastructure, education, programs to “teach a man how to fish” rather than “give a man a fish”, to coin a Chinese saying.
As for providing jobs, which was a huge issue in the last campaign…
I haven’t seen any news saying that loads of people have gained employment since You-Know-Who took office.
I would hammer home that unlike him, I would fulfill that promise by providing programs to re-educate the working class, so rather than depending on steel mills and coal mines to provide them a living, they could do other things.
Plus I would fight to keep auto factories – and other factories – from moving overseas.
The skyline of Detroit, Michigan, a KEY state which the Democrats MUST take back. Photo courtesy of detroitunderground.com
Yes, these strategies seem simple.
But I still say that any Democrat with aspirations for the White House or Capitol Hill,
Who uses these tactics,
Would have a good chance of winning in 2018 or 2020.
An anti You-Know-Who protest after last November’s elections…