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The Midterms are seventeen days away, and both parties are making their closing arguments.
Democrats say abortion is on the ballot. Republicans say it’s crime.
Democrats say the future of our democracy is on the ballot. Republicans say it’s crime.
Democrats say the fate of our planet is on the ballot. Republicans say it’s crime.
See the pattern here?
Republicans have one message, CRIME. But they have absolutely no plan to fight it. In fact, Republicans are the number one cause of crime.
When you subsidize tax cuts for the wealthy by pushing fiscal austerity that defunds schools, public housing and food stamps you create crime.
When you convince voters we need more prison guards than we do social workers you create crime.
When you let private health insurance companies dictate who gets to visit a mental health expert you create crime.
When you unleash a fire hose of AR-15s into the community you create violent crime.
When you outlaw abortion you give birth to criminals.
Unwanted babies eventually commit crimes, which is why many believe the single biggest contributor to America’s precipitous drop in crime over the past three decades has been Roe vs. Wade. Simply put, fewer unwanted babies- fewer adults turning to crime.
This doesn’t stop Republicans from still insisting they’re strong on crime. They’re not. They’re only strong on crime AFTER it’s been committed. Republicans couldn’t care less about preventing crime, they’re only strong on punishment.
For Republicans, fighting crime is code for legally sanctioned cruelty.
One of the biggest takeaways from America’s 20 year global war on terror is water boarding doesn’t produce a single shred of actionable intelligence. But many Republicans in our CIA insist it’s a terrific way to let off steam.
Republicans support the police because of (and not in spite of) their incessant shooting of unarmed black men.
Making someone, preferably a person of color, suffer is precisely what fighting crime means to Republicans.
Why do Republicans love cops but hate the FBI?
Because the FBI arrests rich white people, often Republicans.
The FBI rarely tortures or kills unarmed black men, Fred Hampton notwithstanding.
Republicans are better at riling up their base because that’s all they have to do.
Republicans aren’t promising better government, their only obligation to voters is feeding them a steady diet of hate.
It works. Watch the debates.
Republicans call Democrats child molesters who support genital mutilation in order to force their global Socialist LGBTQ agenda on Christian parents.
Thus, we’re looking at a Red Wave in November.
How do Democrats energize their base?
They promise to codify Roe if and when they ever get a filibuster proof Senate.
Whoa! It’s almost like Democrats are shouting fire in a crowded theater filled with deaf people.
Republicans are probably going to take the House and maybe even the Senate.
Bill Clinton campaigned telling Americans, “Don’t vote your fears, vote your hopes.”
Then he won and, as I feared, all that’s left was hope.
With two weeks to go, it’s time for the Democratic leadership to change the message.
Forget Bill Clinton. Tell Americans to vote their fear and their hatred.
Hate’s a winning message, and Republicans know that.
Hate gets people to show up on Election Day.
Give voters someone to hate.
Like Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, J.P. Morgan Chase’s Jamie Dimon, and Warren Buffet for investing billions in Chevron.
Promise to punish them, and when you win…PUNISH THEM.
Sure, they’ll no longer donate to the Democratic Party, but you’ll win every future election in a landslide.
This is how you win.
Unless, of course, money is more important than winning.