Blogging can be a huge waste of time if nobody reads your stuff. It’s the modern version of the adage in my community that goes “If you want to hide something from a “blank” put it in a book.” After I have moved on to selling aluminum roofing in Thomasville, someone might discover these 700 some odd blog post like the Dead Sea Scrolls.
Bedouin shepherds discovered the Dead Sea Scrolls in 1946 in a cave in the current troubled West Bank area between Israel and Jordan. People read blogs that include funny hooks so consider Damon Wayans knowledge deep prisoner character Oswald Bates from In Living Color. “So, my dear brother, the Dead Sea Scrolls were like some missing extra parts of religious text found…follow this…between Is Real because we need what is real and Jordan because our community spends too much money on Jordan sneakers that don’t take us anywhere but to the poor house.”
President-Elect Trump entering the White House was foretold by some of us in and around the political arena for decades but nobody would listen. To me, it started when public policy stop being designed by political scientists and the people and became crafted by Madison Avenue marketing experts. Dr. Frank Luntz has a PhD in polly sci from Penn but he is the consultant/pollster who created the art of running focus groups to gauge the public and designing a few talking points that hit like bullet points. In the 90s, he was the mastermind Newt Gingrich use to create the Contract With America.
Project Logic GA as a blog is like the Dead Sea Scrolls but rather than putting flashdrives in Mason jars and placing them in Georgia red clay next to the Flint River, these smart ideas might die in cyberspace with the plans of Michael Steele, Jon Huntsman, and Elizabeth Warren. In those cyber Mason jars, scholars might one day find the “Dead, See Trolls.”
The Dem Party is dead…trolls, see what your mistakes have done.
Yes, there are those who sought hard to save this republic with logic and positive developments. Public policy should start with helping the people understand the limited role of government in their lives—balance to between compassion for the needy and a desire to end poverty. On his best days, Speaker Newt Gingrich would explain that America should be the land of equal opportunity for all…with emphasis being placed on opportunity. If every kid has a fair shot at success, we have it right. However, if said kid squanders those opportunities by not focusing on development, being lazy or committing crimes, he gets to live in the reality he created. We are usually our own worst enemies.
Mr. Trump becoming president started when campaign experts learn to tell the people what they wanted to hear rather than what they needed to hear. Republicans wanted to hear in the 1990s that they were the chosen ruling class who could make decisions affecting everyone without input from anyone else. For example, the 1990s Crime Bill cost billions but crime kept growing—who got paid, their friends who owned prisons. Since LBJ’s effort to end poverty the Democrats wanted to be the party that poured more money into efforts to help the needy. However, some of that money should have been spent encouraging the future generations to not be “the needy.”
It’s rough when a kid never had a chance because plans for success never came their way. Actually, the life portrayed by the Cosby Show did so much for some in my generation and the Obamas in real life have done the same. Oh, the post White House Obamas will be so very beneficial because they can say what they really want to say to my community….hint: moderation is the key.
Could the current toxic political climate have been avoided? Of course, you should read the “Dead, See Trolls” because reasonable people like me begged to be at the table. Moderates can communicate with the Left and the Right and over the last two decades it was often Republican friends who saw the importance of crafting a new southern moderate movement. The elbow-throwing Tea Party put an end to that goodwill. The southern Democrat Party is a mess because urban liberals in Atlanta want to push a progressive agenda that doesn’t cotton well with rural conservative Blacks…we can’t win elections in cities alone…ask Hillary about that.
We tried to tell those latte-sipping liberals from Buckhead that the D.C.-designed Democrat platform was almost as alien to us as the vitriol spewed by those who hijacked the Republican Party. But, those of us who drink sweet tea and occasionally coldbeer from Mason jars in the rural Black community were ignored in November 2016…and that’s after we saved Hillary from Bernie Sanders in the primary. A rising rural star on the national stage is Rep. Tim Ryan from Youngstown, Ohio. This guy says the Democrats need people who shower before work and people who shower after work. I love it.
A troll is a mythical, cave dwelling being having an ugly appearance. I hope the trolls in the Democratic Party find these Mason jars filled with ideas because their team is dead, see. I tried to tell them that Trump was a marketing genius who was simply playing dead to win the election. I spent a year writing/crafting a “Contract With America-like” moderate action plan called the Best Interest Initiative.
The B.I.I. is all about what our community can do to help ourselves with limited government involvement. Remember, candidate Obama always said that the government often isn’t the answer…often it’s you. The B.I.I. is based on JFK’s statement “ask not what this country can do for you…ask what you can do for this country.” What you can do is start being a better you…stop being a knucklehead. Yes, I said knucklehead. We talk like that inside my community; we say that with love to those who would destroy our area for some money.
The trolls who run the Democratic Party spent a billion dollars on t.v. ads but rarely sought the existing networks of influence in our community. In other words, the rich boys got their friends richer but never hit the barbers and funeral home directors. The trolls thought they had the community because the preachers got white envelopes with Get Out The Vote Cash. Newsflash, church folks vote anyway—that’s preaching to the choir. The barbers, coaches and those “pay party tossing” kids are the ones who can move the crowd.
When Trump won that election, the Democrats and Republicans lost the White House because neither wanted him. The Black community has the numbers to sway most elections in the South. My friends and I mentioned a plan to Democrats to cultivate the Obamacrats outside Georgia’s biggest cities and they blew it off…the same likely happened in North Carolina, Florida and across the Rust Belt.
Oh, Trump was out there in the sticks. He told them what they wanted to hear—if he can or should deliver that stuff is another subject. The Dems trolls should learn from Trump that policy should be bottom up and not top down…it’s called grassroots.
To be honest, I am backing away from constantly watching CNN’s political coverage. We should spend the next few years listening to the people and teaching cultural moderation to the kids. A better DNC needs to emerge from the ashes because ignoring rural southerners will get us ghost.
I wanted to put some of my favorite blog posts in this cyber Mason jar for the trolls to find. If they wanted to talk now, I will be waiting on my front porch with sweet tea…bring white envelopes.