2022: ‘It’s About Democracy, Stupid!’

Over the weekend I was having a text chat with some of my unindicted co-conspirators and I made the observation that the unified message of the Democrats for 2022 needs to be, “It’s About Democracy, Stupid!” — and then this morning our pals over at Electoral-Vote have an article up about that! Weird, innit?

You wouldn’t think “I support democracy” to be a partisan campaign issue in the United States, but these days it is starting to become that. The six closest states in 2020 (Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Nevada, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin) are all electing governors this year and in four of them the voters will also pick a secretary of state to run future elections. In Pennsylvania, the new governor will appoint the secretary of state. And the Democratic candidates in these states are starting to make defending democracy an important part of their pitches. This is not likely to win the hearts and minds of the most devout Trumpists, but it could work with college-educated suburban voters.

It’s a good post, you should go read it now. I’ll wait.

It is true that we are facing undeniable, full-speed ahead fascism from the Republicans, but it is also true that most people don’t really understand that word as anything other than a pejorative. It’s the Left’s counter to the Right calling us Socialists, and everyone tunes out.

My sense is that instead of campaigning against fascism, we should be campaigning for fairness. Fairness is something pretty much all Americans understand, and pretty much all of us have been in situations (or still are) in situations that are unfair.

Democracy is about fairness, we need to start framing the discussing that way.

It’s not hard to reframe issues in term of fairness: Think about whatever your pet issue is in terms of fairness, “It’s not fair that [actor] [actions] and that the rest of us [cannot…]” – report in the comments.

It’s not enough to boogyman Republicans who want to take away your vote, we need to say loudly that it is not fair that Republicans want their votes to count and not ours.

Just a thought.

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6 Responses to 2022: ‘It’s About Democracy, Stupid!’

  1. schmice3 says:

    Prepare for a water landing.

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  2. Stony Pillow says:

    “It’s not fair!” is just what Charlie Brown would say after he lands on his back and Lucy makes her snide comment in the last frame of the comic.

    1) The “Action Faction” speaks for ALL of them, with the exception of Cheney and a few more. They may regret any excesses, but they’ll all gladly accept the results. As a refugee from the 70s with a bit of memory left, I remember that was the Republican playbook smearing the Democratic Party with those smelly hippies. It worked.

    2) Losers cheat. Forget “fair”, they will never win the Presidency again, so they cheat like losers to keep their hold on Congress. Everyone wants to win. Only losers need to cheat.

    Play to win. They’ve been attacking us for decades, thanks to the DLC and Turd Way. Attack, and they’ll fold like a house of cards. NOW, and every day until November.

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    • tengrain says:

      Stony, no argument. Just saying you can do both things at once.



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      • Stony Pillow says:

        No argument at all. They’re not playing fair, for sure. Haven’t been since the New Deal.

        I want, I will support Democrats who tap off the alarm button, and before they get out of bed, vow they won’t sleep until they rip the Republicans a new one. I want Democrats that will stand up for themselves and stand up for us. Those are Democrats that will command respect. Just can’t seem to find ’em, that’s all.


  3. MDavis says:

    Here’s one –
    It’s not fair that federal politicians have top of the line treatments available to them when they catch Covid-19 while the ordinary person is turned away for their heart attack, allergic reaction, or Covid of their own because the ICUs are full.
    That could get pretty muddy quickly. In my mind, it started with federal politicians getting primo health care while us peons are left begging for crumbs of health care and end up facing bankruptcy if we actually get health care.
    Try that and watch the blame game start explaining why a cabal consisting of Biden, Fauci, Obamacare, and HRC is somehow to blame for the situation.

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  4. annieasksyou says:

    I’ll buy that, Tengrain: “It’s about fairness” has a nice ring to it, and it would pass the bumper sticker test.


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