What brings us together as a political party? - Part 2, Nurturing vs Punishing

Solidarity:

What do we have in common that unites us? Why do we support policies that others vehemently oppose and why do we strongly oppose their policies?  Read Part 1.
 
What binds us, and what binds our opponents, is our sense of what is morally right as expressed by our moral values. And what research since the 90s by Professor George Lakoff and others has shown is that there are two distinct and opposing views of what is morally right and two sets of moral values. We are all some combination of those two value systems. A few are extreme but most are a mix.
 
Our sense of what is morally right and our moral values were learned as the younger members of our families. Different families and other life situations taught us our different values. For some, our values changed over time.
 
According to Professor Lakoff, those two values systems are represented by two family models: strict father and nurturing parents. Other research documented in Conservatives Without Conscience by John Dean documents that authoritarian personalities in the US are almost exclusively represented by our opponents. The authoritarian personality is very minor on the left side of our political spectrum. The strict father/authoritarian family model is something we all recognize in people like the husbands of Melania and Lynne Cheney.
 
For those of us mostly affected by the nurturing family model, “We came together because of our moral values: care and responsibility, fairness and equality, freedom and courage, fulfillment in life, opportunity and community, cooperation and trust, honesty and openness. We united behind political principles: equality, equity (if you work for a living, you should earn a living) and government for the people–all the people.” — Professor George Lakoff, cognitive linguist.
 
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Repealing Johnson Amendment - Oligarchs Buying More Politicians

History helps get around the distractions - religious freedom, separation of church & state, non-profit tax exemptions - that keep us from seeing the hidden threat to our form of government.

“Far from wanting to keep politics out of the charitable realm, government’s primary concern in the era before our present federal tax code was keeping these voluntary associations out of politics. Both Presidents George Washington and James Madison saw private associations as posing an actual danger to popular government and to the country itself—special interests whose views, desires, and aims did not necessarily reflect the common good. The existence of these associations also seemed somehow incompatible with democratic institutions; many feared that as these groups grew in size and stature, they would attract both political power and financial resources, which could tip the balance of power in their favor to the detriment of individual citizens.”

These historic concerns have proven valid since, but laws were passed to push back.

In 1934, “Congress abolished the tax deduction for certain previously allowed philanthropic contributions, specifically those going to organizations where “a substantial part” of their activities consisted of “carrying on propaganda or otherwise attempting to influence legislation.” This effectively prevented any organization that wanted to maintain the deductibility of the contributions it received from engaging in direct political action.

Twenty years later, “Senate Majority Leader Lyndon B. Johnson offered his famous 31 words further limiting the activity of charitable organizations: ‘ … and which does not participate in, or intervene in (including the publishing or distributing of statements), any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for public office.’ ”

Getting rid of the Johnson Amendment is all about giving more “power and influence” to the oligarchs via non-profit organizations. The oligarchs are already “carrying on propaganda or otherwise attempting to influence legislation” via profit-based ‘persons.’ Eliminating the Johnson Amendment would expand the Citizens United decision to non-profits so more money will buy more politicians.

 


Maximizing Equality Leads to Morally Right Policies

In our May 20, 2019, post, we define government of, by and for the people as:
 
Government for maximizing equality:
A Government of, by, and for the people requires both:
  • (1) Government representatives with the moral commitment to equally protect and empower all the people where:

— (a) people’s individual freedoms are maximized, and

— (b) economic, social, racial, and environmental injustices by those who abuse their freedoms are minimized, combined with

  • (2) Active participation (voting and political activism) of a majority of the people to maintain such a people-driven government.
 

 

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What are the truths you are sharing?

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?

No Rest For Electing Democrats - We Need Each Other to Win in 2020

Opportunities To Impact All Our Futures 

 

The GCDP is doubling our 2018 budget to fund our 2019/2020 county campaign expenses.   Running a county party campaign requires volunteers and funding.  We have expenses we must pay: our 2020 county convention and primary election; professional Field Operations Director; dedicated/paid block walkers; equipment rental, utilities, internet access, and legal fees for a election headquarters; mailing thousands of applications for voting by mail; door hangers for canvassing; additional GCDP yard signs; paying fees for voter outreach tools like Hustle; and paying our monthly bills for PO Box, websites, banking fees, etc.   

To cover most of the budget, we need sustaining (monthly) donations.  We need the equivalent of either 200 supporters donating an average of $20 a month, OR 100 supporters donating an average of $40 a month.  We are currently at about 20% of our 2020 goal.  Start your monthly donations now

 

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What brings us together as a political party? - Maximizing Equality

Solidarity

What do we have in common that unites us? Why do we support polices that others vehemently oppose and why do we strongly oppose their policies?
 
What binds us, and what binds our opponents, is our sense of what is morally right as expressed by our moral values. And what research since the 90s has shown is that there are two distinct and opposed views of what is morally right and two sets of moral values? We are all some combination of those two sets.
 
Our sense of what is morally right and our moral values were learned as the youngest members of our families. Different families and other life situations taught us our different values. For some, our values changed over time.
 
For most of US: “We came together because of our moral values: care and responsibility, fairness and equality, freedom and courage, fulfillment in life, opportunity and community, cooperation and trust, honesty and openness. We united behind political principles: equality, equity (if you work for a living, you should earn a living) and government for the people–all the people.” — Professor George Lakoff, cognitive linguist.
 
Let’s explore our moral value of equality and its opposite from our opponent's moral values.
 
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GCDP Quarterly Newsletter, Issue 1, 2019, with Special Addendum

Introduction:

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

 

 

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Denial and Division - Resist

The oligarchs, like Rupert Murdoch, are spending billions of Kochkash to protect their interests: #ProfitOverPeople.
 
Most of us know that 97% of climate science experts agree that climate disruption is ramping up because humans are responsible for record levels of the global warming gas CO2 in our atmosphere.
 
That leaves 3% who don't agree. Who is paying them to deny climate disruption. Exxon for one:
Just as multinational corporations bride 'experts' to present false science to keep their profits and bonuses growing, they also pay others to create and foment division among political activists who are working for thier best interests, #PeopleOverProfit.
 
(Note: Profit is not the issue. Stealing profit from the actual profit makers, productive workers, is the issue.)
 
As we get closer to the 2020 election, be very circumspect of all information that purports division among those left of the Tea Party.
 
If those in power can keep us 'lefties', the majority of American voters, divided, they will stay in power.
 
Don't let them divide us. Don't share their attempts to divide.
 

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