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Gil Scott Heron

 

My mind is blown by election numbers. The mayor of Camilla, Georgia, and I were talking this morning about the vast opportunities that exist for communities that simply register and vote…the squeaky wheel gets the grease. In Sylvester, Georgia, the newspaper reported that 26% of the 2,900 registered voters made it to the polls this month—mayor’s race decide by 600 so-odd people total while it was 1,200 two elections ago.

Parents support the football teams in Camilla, Sylvester and across the South; they brave bone-chilling weather for hours, cook post-game meals and boost the cheerleaders and marching band. I hope they like marching in uniforms because the current occupant of the White House might draft them into a nuclear war with that fellow in North Korea. But, we should remember that President Trump didn’t win the popular vote and less that 10,000 voters in two states could have given the election to Clinton.

Police wear uniforms and I am fortunate to live in a town with decent officers. On the other hand, the Worth County Sheriff’s Office actions are being reviewed. I think I voted for the Sheriff and always had a “how you” familiarity with sheriffs of my teen years. But, when it was time for upset people to sign a petition to recall the Sheriff, it was clear that many if not most of those parents in the football crowd don’t vote.

My brothers hipped me to election stats with the first lines of Gil Scott-Heron’s “B Movie” after Carter fell to Reagan.  But, President Reagan (right or wrong) was tough….cheap steak tough. Trump is a character and real Republicans know it. At the risk of sounding dramatic, life as we know it might be saved by electing local leaders this year who serve as the foundation for winning in 2018 and ultimately taking the White House from Trump and those like him. While candidates are important, it all begins with reaching people—turning pissed-offed people into regular voters. Gil Scott Heron seems like a visionary today.

B-Movie

Well, the first thing I want to say is: Mandate my -ss! Because it seems as though we’ve been convinced that 26% of the registered voters, not even 26% of the American people, but 26% of the registered voters form a mandate or a landslide. 21% voted for Skippy and 3, 4% voted for somebody else who might have been running.

What has happened is that in the last 20 years, America has changed from a producer to a consumer. And all consumers know that when the producer names the tune, the consumer has got to dance. That’s the way it is. We used to be a producer – very inflexible at that, and now we are consumers and, finding it difficult to understand. Natural resources and minerals will change your world. The Arabs used to be in the 3rd World. They have bought the 2nd World and put a firm down payment on the 1st one. Controlling your resources we’ll control your world. This country has been surprised by the way the world looks now. They don’t know if they want to be Matt Dillon or Bob Dylan. They don’t know if they want to be diplomats or continue the same policy – of nuclear nightmare diplomacy. John Foster Dulles ain’t nothing but the name of an airport now.

The idea concerns the fact that this country wants nostalgia. They want to go back as far as they can – even if it’s only as far as last week. Not to face now or tomorrow, but to face backwards. And yesterday was the day of our cinema heroes riding to the rescue at the last possible moment. The day of the man in the white hat or the man on the white horse – or the man who always came to save America at the last moment – someone always came to save America at the last moment – especially in “B” movies. And when America found itself having a hard time facing the future, they looked for people like John Wayne. But since John Wayne was no longer available, they settled for Ronald Reagan and it has placed us in a situation that we can only look at -like a “B” movie.

Come with us back to those inglorious days when heroes weren’t zeros. Before fair was square. When the cavalry came straight away and all-American men were like Hemingway to the days of the wondrous “B” movie. The producer underwritten by all the millionaires necessary will be Casper “The Defensive” Weinberger – no more animated choice is available. The director will be Attila the Haig, running around frantically declaring himself in control and in charge. The ultimate realization of the inmates taking over at the asylum. The screenplay will be adapted from the book called “Voodoo Economics” by George “Papa Doc” Bush. Music by the “Village People” the very military “Macho Man.”

“Company!!!” “Macho, macho man!” “Two-three-four.” “He likes to be .. well, you get the point.” “Huuut! Your left! Your left! Your left, right, left, right, left, right…!”

A theme song for saber-rallying and selling wars door-to-door. Remember, we’re looking for the closest thing we can find to John Wayne. Clichés abound like kangaroos – courtesy of some spaced out Marlin Perkins, a Reagan contemporary. Clichés like, “itchy trigger finger” and “tall in the saddle” and “riding off or on into the sunset.” Clichés like, “Get off of my planet by sundown!” More so than clichés like, “he died with his boots on.” Marine tough the man is. Bogart tough the man is. Cagney tough the man is. Hollywood tough the man is. Cheap steak tough. And Bonzo’s substantial. The ultimate in synthetic selling: A Madison Avenue masterpiece – a miracle – a cotton-candy politician …Presto! Macho! “Macho, macho man!”

Put your orders in America. And quick as Kodak your leaders duplicate with the accent being on the dupes – cause all of a sudden we have fallen prey to selective amnesia – remembering what we want to remember and forgetting what we choose to forget. All of a sudden, the man who called for a blood bath on our college campuses is supposed to be Dudley “God-damn” Do-Right? ”

You go give them liberals hell Ronnie.” That was the mandate to the new Captain Bligh on the new ship of fools. It was doubtlessly based on his chameleon performance of the past: as a Liberal Democrat. As the head of the Studio Actor’s Guild, when other celluloid saviors were cringing in terror from McCarthy, Ron stood tall. It goes all the way back from Hollywood to hillbilly. From Liberal to libelous, from “Bonzo” to Birch idol, born again. Civil rights, women’s rights, gay rights: …it’s all wrong. Call in the cavalry to disrupt this perception of freedom gone wild. God damn it, first one wants freedom, then the whole damn world wants freedom.

Nostalgia, that’s what we want…: the good ol’ days, when we gave’em hell. When the buck stopped somewhere and you could still buy something with it. To a time when movies were in black and white, and so was everything else. Even if we go back to the campaign trail, before six-gun Ron shot off his face and developed hoof-in-mouth. Before the free press went down before full-court press, and were reluctant to review the menu because they knew the only thing available was…Crow.

Lon Chaney, our man of a thousand faces: no match for Ron. Doug Henning does the make-up; special effects from Grecian Formula 16 and Crazy Glue; transportation furnished by the David Rockefeller of Remote Control Company. Their slogan is, “Why wait for 1984? You can panic now…and avoid the rush.” So much for the good news….

As Wall Street goes, so goes the nation. And here’s a look at the closing numbers: racism’s up, human rights are down, peace is shaky, war items are hot. The House claims all ties. Jobs are down, money is scarce, and common sense is at an all-time low on heavy trading. Movies were looking better than ever, and now no one is looking, because we’re starring in a “B” movie. And we would rather had…John Wayne. We would rather had…John Wayne.

“You don’t need to be in no hurry. You ain’t never really got to worry. And you don’t need to check on how you feel. Just keep repeating that none of this is real. And if you’re sensing, that something’s wrong, Well just remember, that it won’t be too long Before the director cuts the scene. yea.” “This ain’t really your life, Ain’t really your life, Ain’t really ain’t nothing but a movie.”

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If our rural southern communities are going to improve, we need to change the plan culturally and politically.  The current plantation mentality has not worked in years: fancy candidates raise tons of money for T.V. spots and get working people to “volunteer” to do grassroots.

First, your family’s life would be better culturally if the government wasn’t at the center of it.  You can’t and shouldn’t trust the government (local, state or federal) to care for your kin; that’s your job.

Secondly, the public policy actions of government relative to your family are decided by elected officials.  Candidates and political parties have state of the art computer software that shows voting actions and patterns down to the city block…down to each house.  They know what areas vote and voting areas get the services and attention—the squeaky wheel gets the grease.  In other words, crappy schools and brash policemen start with you not voting.

The Democratic Party often functions as a top-down enterprise with elites in Atlanta and D.C. deciding what is important and how operations should go then selling those plans to the people.  Say what?  Give credit where credit is due: the trashy views that are the base of the current far Right grew organically from the people and folks like Trump parachuted to the top of the steaming heap.

Dems can’t win statewide or win states for president because “down ballot” activities have been missing for years.  However, there is hope for a new Dem political foundation based on the Zero candy bar of our childhoods.   In my youth, the rural South was a mix of Black and White people.  We know southern Whites love the freedom of land—their spreads feels like little kingdoms equipped with standing armies.  Since the church is at the bottom of the hill and the kids are homeschooled, Walmart is the only reason to go into town.

The exodus of Whites to the rural areas leaves the largest town in the county Black…60 and 70 percent Black.  So, a new check and balance is Black political power in city government balancing White control of county government.  That situation would be fine if Black residents would actually vote and if White county voters didn’t insist on still trying to control the big town— because their businesses are there and yes they are vital to the tax base.

It gets better.  Many counties had two high schools when I was a kid…i.e. city kids at Valdosta High and country farm kids at Lowndes High.  But if you watch “Football Town” on the NFL Network, you will see that the money in Lowndes County is now out of town.  The same can be said about Camilla, Pelham and Mitchell County to some degree.   Remember, elected officials hire city managers and city managers select police, fire and other department heads.   So, a countywide school board has to decide the allocation of funds for two high schools—one school has a huge student body but the rural smaller school’s parents pay much more in taxes.  Valuable farmland is the tax base.

Georgia seemed surprised that so many Black mayors were elected recently but it shouldn’t be and city councils should be next.  That Zero Candy bar was white on the outside with chocolate goodness in the center.  Counties from Virginia to Texas are the same way and those new Black elected officials’ campaign teams and voter turnout operations serve as the foundation of Dems winning future statewide and presidential elections from the bottom up….without the approval or permission of Black political relics.  You know that Zero Bar has a hard white shell and the inside includes some soft brown and some brown nuts…just saying.

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Since the Republican establishment is facing a restructuring of their party by movements like Trumpism, the Democratic establishment should also have a cleansing enema.  Old school Country Club conservatives were generally pro-business, lower taxes decent people but to win national elections they connected with radical, less sophisticated folks.

From the Tea Party to the Trump crew, the far right radicals have taken over the GOP.  The Democrat establishment is based on liberals on the two coasts, labor union memberships and African Americans.  However, the fastest growing segment of the left is Bernie Sanders’ Progressives.  Their socialism and social free thinking makes some rural Southern Blacks uncomfortable.

Look here, we should put everything on the table during this time of swift transition and maybe a more perfect union will emerge from the fray.  To me, Barack Obama represents what we ideally should be while Donald Trump presents who we actually are—the good, the bad and the ugly.  The early 1980″s hit “Against the Wind” comes to mind because the Democrats are constantly facing election storms—weather they can’t weather.

Crazy notions come off the corners and barbershops in the African American community.  The rapper Jadakiss had a song called “Why” that included the line “Why did  Bush knocked down the towers.”  Of course, he didn’t believe that but was conveying what some folks wildly think.   He also said “Why they let the Terminator win the election.”  Hey, there are wild thoughts across the spectrum.  I say put all of it on the table once and for all then move forward.

The Democrat establishment considers many of the following points of contention “unallowable.”  I say put every possible idea, concept and wild notion up for debate and deliberation.

Unallowable

  1. All military and law enforcement personnel are heroes.
  2. Unwinnable wars against certain enemies.
  3. Constitutional right to religious freedom
  4. America is a Christian nation?
  5. Blacks: Second class citizens yet first class troops
  6. The Confederate States of America: America’s biggest foe?
  7. Honoring drafted C.S.A. troops by all Americans today
  8. Go Back To Africa vs. Ellis Island
  9. Whites Built America…They Did
  10. Native Americans got robbed
  11. Some current Blacks’ actions dishonor the Civil Rights Movement
  12. Is the Hip Hop culture worse than the Klan?
  13. Unprepared Parents
  14. White Privilege won’t go easily
  15. Democrats love undocumented people and Gay people more than Blacks
  16. Should able-bodied people receive food stamps?
  17. Public Assistance while undesirable jobs unfilled
  18. School choice/vouchers
  19. College for Everyone/Massive student loan debt
  20. Republicans: Say anything to win elections
  21. Why do working class Whites support rich Republicans (Trickle-down Economics)
  22. Healthcare for All vs. Uninsured using the E.R. as a doctor’s office
  23. Corporate America (Insurance/Drug Companies) control healthcare with Lobbyists’ Money
  24. Too much money in political campaign ads
  25. Democratic Party wants Blacks to do GOTV grassroots for free
  26. Michael Steele’s plan for GOP diversity vs. eggs in one basket
  27. We don’t make anything in America anymore
  28. Many rural Blacks are actually conservatives
  29. Progressives took over the DNC and the Far Right took over the GOP
  30. Southern Christians are homophobic yet ignore other sins from the Bible
  31. Corporate America would rape the environment for money
  32. American foreign policy doesn’t respect others’ cultural history and civilization
  33. Weak American youth aren’t prepared for the changing global economy..video games vs. STEM
  34. Women are the backbone of the Black home/ Psychological Castration of the Black Man
  35. Government Assistance inadvertently stunts some of Black America
  36. Government Assistance equals Reparations
  37. Black America: delayed gratification vs. minimum wage struggle
  38. Dreams of pro sports vs. academic/vocational development
  39. Learn a Trade job
  40. Black preoccupation with “Looks” over substance
  41. Is prison similar to modern slavery?
  42. Every type firearm shouldn’t be available to private citizens
  43. Low-income Blacks vote less frequently
  44. Importance of Homeownership
  45. Sense of Community: Whose You Are
  46. Reinstitute Shame
  47. Coastal liberals don’t respect or appreciate the Heartland
  48. Can’t Win elections in cities alone
  49. Big Pharma vs. Legal Weed
  50. You can’t save people from themselves

You can’t blame Project Logic Ga if America goes to hell in a hand basket.  After 600 blog posts, I spent a year writing the Best Interests Initiative which outlines what we can do to improve with limited governmental involvement.   Then, we created OPEN 20/20 to plan discussions in 20 Georgia communities with 20 key grassroots leaders.  To have those meetups with “Unallowable” on the table would be refreshing.   Bob Seger wrote “Against the Wind” and he also pinned “Turn The Page.”  We really need to turn the page as a nation.

https://projectlogicga.com/best-interests-initiative/

https://open2020blog.wordpress.com

HollywoodHell

An anachronism is defined as a thing belonging or appropriate to a period other than that in which it exists, especially a thing that is conspicuously old-fashioned.  At Worth County High School, we were taught that William Shakespeare, the Bard, was wrong to put clocks in Julius Caesar or have Caesar say “Jesus Christ, these fool stabbed me” when Caesar lived before Christ.   Ok, I am paraphrasing.

In the military movie Heartbreak Ridge, the young Annapolis  grad Major calls Gunnery Sergeant Highway, played by Clint Eastwood, an anachronism to the modern Marine Corps.  But in the heat of battle, you need those oldheads….wait, us oldheads.  The Tea Party on the Right and the Progressives on the Left might need to watch this old film.

Hollywood, like every part of life, had a way of doing things back in the day….sometimes right and sometimes wrong.  Harvey Weinstein is an anachronism of the film industry.  We would be here all day talking about those nasty old school dudes of the Black and White era.  But, we should make a distinction between sexy cats who the ladies were all over like Ronald Reagan and trolls who used power and influence to get sex from those trying to get a head.  Of course, some of those young starlets got off the bus from the Midwest with plans to make it come hell or high water… by any means necessary.  No one should ever ever be attacked.  Period.

In some ways, official Washington was supposedly like that back in the day and the music industry still is.  Kayne West’s lyrics from his collaboration with Jay-Z on “N-ggas in Paris” must have been Weinstein favorite jam.

She said Ye can we get married at the mall?
I said look you need to crawl ‘fore you ball
Come and meet me in the bathroom stall
And show me why you deserve to have it all
Ball so hard
That sh-t cray (that sh-t cray), ain’t it Jay?

 

It’s silly season to say Democrats are connected to Weinstein’s actions if they didn’t know.  Didn’t Republicans just elect a guy president over quality candidates and they were fully aware of his long history.

Learn A Trade..Stay Paid

Sunday Morning on CBS recently had a segment on the lack of workers in the construction trades.  It’s worth watching because evidently too many young people feel they are too good to do dirty work…manly work.  But, they can ask the government to feed their kids with taxpayers’ dollars.

Hogwash.  Oh, you can’t ask them to actually wash a hog, pick crops or do any of the jobs that traditionally go to unskilled workers.  However, they don’t want to put in the time to become skilled tradesmen or the academic effort to attend college and become a white collar office person.  If the same folks blow off military service, I am out of legal money-making options.  But, these are the same nitwits who want to drive a 60k car by 20 years old.  I have a bad feeling about half of America’s next generation and I hope I am wrong.

My friend Mr. Greene and I built my shed.  I love my shed and every tool in it because my daddy taught me the trades and agriculture.  Actually, he had my brother and me doing grown man work on family rental houses way too early.  My nephews need to learn how to cook and clean better than any women to impress smart, attractive women after college.  These good brothers are learning the construction trades to keep a watchful eye on contractors and to do much of home improvement themselves in the future.

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So, the Sunday Morning segment says that America doesn’t have enough tradesmen to repair hurricane damaged communities.  Oh boy, supply and demand dictates that pay for these projects will be crazy high.  Actually, an enterprising student can graduate high school with much of their vocational school credits and start making money in a year.  But, the homies on the corners want to get rich quickly…the fast way…. Ski mask way.  Once you are in the penal system you will be mopping for pennies an hour but nobody can tell you anything.

You can’t be a dummy in the trades because it’s all math, chemistry, physics, biology, etc.  Also, you need to know computers, logistics and proper communication.   Being clean cut with clean urine gets you in the door.

America is the land of opportunity for the smart but the rest of the world is hot on our heels.  We can’t stay number 1 refighting the Civil War and I have a feeling the Japanese are quietly sabotaging our young with video games.  Our kids prepare for battle with gaming controllers while other kids are grinding in STEM subjects.

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We should look at the political situation in Georgia by the numbers…my numbers.  Of course, the two Staceys –Stacey Abrams and Stacey Evans would be the first two numbers and all other numbers are relative to them.

Point #1:  Stacey Abrams is positioned to win the Georgia Democratic primary for Governor because Whites exited the party for the GOP.  Most Georgia Democrats are Black voters but that doesn’t or shouldn’t mean that they would vote for a Black candidate simply because she is highly qualified and looks like them.  Other points and factors need to be taken into consideration…primarily endgame.

Point #2: Stacey Evans stands a better chance of actually winning the general election.  An Abrams victory in November would require turning out Black and progressive voters in historic numbers.  Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton didn’t get the Black numbers Abrams would need to win without a certain percentage of the Non-Atlanta vote.  Ms. Abrams strong statement about sandblasting the Confederate memorial off Stone Mountain means that working class Whites who once voted for Dems as labor union members won’t be voting for her.

Point #3: We have three Georgias.. Metro Atlanta; the five Other Cities (Augusta, Savannah, Macon, Columbus and Albany); and Rural Georgia.  At this point, the battle for Georgia starts to feel like the American Civil War..the classic oxymoron.  In the War Between the States, the North had superior numbers but the South had farm boys that grew up hunting and killing outdoors…better troops.   Public Enemy’s “Fight the Power” opened with a 1967 quote from Thomas “TNT” Todd that stated “Yet our best trained, best educated, best prepared troops refuse to fight! Matter of fact, it’s safe to say that they would rather switch than fight!”

Blacks in the South have the numbers on paper to change everything politically on the local, state and national levels.  For some strange reason, the segment of the community most affected by public policy refuses to vote.  Middle class Blacks are growing weary of fighting political battles for them.  The matter is exacerbated by the opinion that certain Blacks aren’t striving for success…that the hip hop culture has inadvertently perverted the Black American dream.

Point #4: The “Head of the Snake” theory created by this writer is that a snake can be six feet long but without it’s head, the rest can do nothing.  Actually, this idea relative to Blacks comes from Dr. W.E.B. DuBois’ s Talented Tenth.  What would happen to southern Black voting power if the most successful quarter of Black voters functioned as a separate unit?  Of course, we would still care about all southerners of every race but could tip the scales of elections in either major party.

Point #5: Endgame.  The ultimate goal isn’t success for a political party or race.  The goal is forming a more perfect union… a union that started on the corrupt foundation of human bondage.  The more direct endgame is wrestling control of the White House from the scary segment of the Republican Party.  The Public Enemy quote above ended with “they rather switch than fight.” In 1967, Todd was referring to assimilation of Blacks with Whites.  Today, we are at a cultural crossroads..many Blacks are put-off by the criminal element of our race; some Whites are just learning about the meth-loving element of theirs.

At the end of the day, it all comes back to the lyrics from the Police’s song “One World (Not Three).”

“I don’t want to bring a sour note

Remember this before you vote

We can all sink or we all float

‘Cause we’re all in the same big boat.”

Georgia is a big boat and our next generation of leaders needs to be about the business of more jobs, better education, growing the economy and competing in a global market.  A focus and prepared labor force are vital and international businesses want to locate in a place without ongoing historic drama.  How in the world is the head of Germany the leader of the free world rather than the president of the U.S.A.?

Point #6: Post-election Staceys:  The political blogging community thinks Stacey Abrams is destine for national fame—this contest and the governorship are stepping stones.  Some wonder if she could be congresswoman after Rep. John Lewis retires but I think that is small potatoes for her.  Abrams will be the head of the D.N.C., national leader of the Progressive Movement or host her own MSNBC show in the future.  On the other hand, Evans won’t leave Georgia for D.C. because she is a mom.  Remember, members of the General Assembly with children normally seek higher offices in Atlanta because flying home from Congress on the weekend is rough on parenting.  After public office, Evans will likely land in a Georgia based international law firm…balling on the next level.

Point #7: The Elephant In the Room:  Since Georgia is a red state for now, the next Governor might be decided in the GOP primary with little involvement from the Black community.  However, the abovementioned most successful quarter of Black voters could tip the GOP primary to the most reasonable Republican candidate…if there is such a thing.

We need to discuss these points now on the grassroots level.

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While the Trump Movement (Tea Party) is taking over the Republican Party and the liberal Progressives are doing the same to the Democrats, my sensible center of the political spectrum stands idly by.  What is a moderate Blue Dog Democrat to do at this crossroad?

Remember, this time last year, we were saying that Trump could actually win the presidency but it wasn’t as important as supporting high school football in my community.  Some of the players on the field last year are unemployed on the street corners this year while others are serving in the military under a questionable president but our community refuses to take 20 minutes to vote—football halftimes last longer.

Every election is important because local elections are the building blocks to state elections and both are the foundations of federal elections.

To me, it’s all about three R’s: resonance, residual and referendum.   In the Georgia governor’s race, candidates Stacey Abrams and Stacey Evans have maybe six months to create a message and mission that resonates with Georgians—who will catch fire with enough voters to win a general election.   We really need a surge of new voters and/or a riptide of Obama-Trump voters.  Yes, a considerable number of voters were with Obama (labor union members) but bounced on Hillary.  To be honest, getting those blue collar voters back seems more possible than getting grown folks to vote for the first time.

If the Obamas and Clintons couldn’t get you to vote, you can’t be reached and deserve Trump’s peculiar policies, statements and actions.

Elections have residual benefits.  Local elections produce campaign networks that are used in contests for higher offices.  I remember when the Democrats had strong candidates for mayor, city council, county commission, state representatives and state senators.   Candidates for U.S. congressman, U.S. senator and president stood on their shoulders.  Real talk: the Georgia governor’s race is important because it has the residual benefit of driving other elections on the ballot and vice versa; and the 2020 presidential race could come down to the Democrat nominee benefiting from the 2018 Georgia governor race network and field-tested message.

Another form of residual benefit is the fact that candidates for high office who don’t win position themselves well for other endeavors.   What happen to Sarah Palin, Herman Cain and Michelle Nunn? They got crazy paid.  Former Congressman Jack Kingston was defeated in a U.S. Senate race but is on CNN nightly.  Don Lemon recently told Kingston that his profile on-air is his greatest stage for change.   So, some of these candidates for high office have a side eye on Buckhead offices, Georgetown/D.C. firms or a hosting desk on MSNBC.  Can you blame them?

Since he walked onto the national stage, the Republicans have made every election on every level a referendum on Barack Obama.  Well, turnabout is fair play.  A test of any candidate’s soundness could be if Obama or Trump was/is good for America and Georgia.  To me, if you think Trump is a capable leader, you have issues and are in my prayers…as is he.  Remember, local and state officeholders work on issues and problems with Congress and the White House.

Obama is a good man; one of the best in American history.  President Trump functions on the opposite end of the moral spectrum.  Trump is a marketing expert and a master of branding but not suitable for bringing a nation together.  If you are running for dogcatcher in Ty Ty, Georgia, the voters should ask your opinion on Trump because agriculture is the biggest industry in Ty Ty and in Georgia and Trump wants to cut many of the programs at USDA.

The presidential race of 2020 starts with building blocks in 2017 and 2018.  Every political segment should be at the table but the progressives and Trump people seem to have little interest in the sensible center.  Newsflash: the center is larger than those two groups combine and could sway the Republican or Democrat primaries.  The longer term objective of the three R’s mentioned above is having someone other than Trump win the White House in 2020.