Our own experience and research using functional MRIs show that repetition strengthens our ability to retain information. Memorizing facts is added by repetition. My writing what I think I know makes it easier to recall the same information later. Functional MRIs show that repetition results in stronger neural connections as repetition continues.
Research on remembering information (truth or lies) also shows that negation of a truth or lie only reinforces the memory of that information. There is no neural mechanism for negation. In other words, when Nixon said, “I’m not a crook,” what’s re-enforced neurally is “I’m a crook.”
Here is a quote from one of the key researchers on how the brain works on how repetition impacts political messaging:
"The first rule of effective communication is stating the positive in your own terms, not quoting the other side’s language with a negation." -- George Lakoff, The Policyspeak Disaster for Health Care
Keep this in mind as you read or listen to reports on the thousands of lies from our opponents. While those lies are being negated/repeated, the neural connections in our brains are being reinforced. Notice how easy it is to repeat them in discussions with others. Likewise, the positive truths that must be stated are going unsaid. Without repetition of our own positive truths, their repecitve neural connections fade and they are forgotten. They disappear from our discussions.
That leaves us with only negation and repetition of their lies.
We can’t win without repeatedly stating our truths.
What are your truths that you want repeated?
Galveston County Democratic Party is adding a newsletter to our communication toolbox. It’s a place where we can provide new information and include updates available elsewhere, all in one place. It’s a work in progress and any suggestions are welcome. For now, we plan a quarterly publication.
County Chair Welcome:
On behalf of the Galveston County Democratic Party, I want to welcome you to the premiere issue of our new newsletter. Your County Party has a lot of activity going on, all focused on our core mission of electing more Democrats to public office in Galveston County. Please join us as we continue to build our County Democratic Party for our next big gains in November 2020. Our time is now. Don’t wait; time is short and there is much to do. We cannot let this unparalleled opportunity pass us by. - John Young
GCDP Calls for an End to the Unwarranted Government Shutdown:
“The furlough is damaging many families and businesses in Galveston County and should end immediately.” GCDP Chair John Young.
Thanks to Carol Andrews, Shadan Larki, Joyce Townsend, Dani Rollins, Michael Rogillio, Teresa Kumelski, and Detra Jones for putting this together for Chairman Young.
The Galveston County Democratic Party makes use of various electronic means of communication to keep you informed. This email list and our two Facebook pages are our primary means of communication for known supporters. Facebook and other tools are used to grow our supporter base.
Most of you are aware of most of these resources, whether you use them or not. Some, who have recently provided their email as volunteers or meeting attendees, were provided this information when they were added to this county email list. However, to make sure we are all up-to-date on what’s available:
- If you are a member of Facebook, we have a group and a page. You can join our Galveston County Dems (GCD) Group
, where meeting notices are posted. This group is open for all members to share items of political interest with everyone else in the group. Contribute as you see fit, just never speak ill of any member of the group. Members are vetted as much as possible, so there are no known trolls in this group.
- To receive Facebook notifications of new communications from the GCDP, like our party Page
. This page is used exclusively for GCDP communications and promoting the party through paid Facebook ads. This page also gets notifications of activities posted in the GCD Facebook Group and users can leave messages for the party leadership on this page.
- Visit our GCDP web site
which includes a blog, contact information, a link for donations, and other state and county information. People who find us here can provide contact information, volunteer, get added to our county email list, etc. The web site is also connected to our GCDP Facebook Page and the county chair’s Twitter account to capture followers and Likes as potential new supporters. It also includes a unique phone number for people to leave voicemail.
- If you have a twitter account, we have four accounts you can to follow:
@BGTXGC, @GCDPChair, @galvestonyds, and @NdDems
- If you have an Instagram account, we post here
- If you'd like to receive GCDP text messages, text ADDME to 281-819-5235. This is the same phone number as on our web site where people can leave voicemail for party leadership if they don’t have any other means of contact.
For information on local non-partisan elections, elected official's names, office terms, bond issues, etc., please visit the specific web site for your local entity. (If someone would like to create a complete county list of websites for all city councils, high school and higher-learning boards of education, etc., we can create a webpage on the GCDP website to share that list.)
We just held our first official GCDP Field Ops meeting to plan for the 2019 and 2020 election of Democrats. We had great attendance including new volunteers.
For the rest of the month of January, we have several club meetings around the county.
These clubs are standalone organizations that support the GCDP and Democratic candidates. They are not an official part of the GCDP or the TDP, but Democratic candidates and the Party leadership attend these club meetings to keep club members informed and collect feedback.
The leaders of these clubs are responsible only to the dues paying club members and the clubs are governed by these leaders and any by-laws the clubs may have created. These clubs are NOT governed by Texas Elections code or the rules of the Texas Democratic Party. However, their treasurers are accountable to the Texas Ethics Commission and must provide periodic financial reports on club income and expenses to the TEC.
Meeting notifications are also sent via email. Some emails come from the club leadership directly. Others come via this email list for the county.
The next club to meet is the Galveston County Democrats club, the oldest club in the county. Here are the basic details:
Tuesday, January 8, 2019, from 6:30 PM – 8 PM
Contact information for the county party and these clubs is available on this web page.
Join and participate as you can.