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Donald Trump brought back a husband from deployment to reunite him with his family…an emotional moment that resonates with the base. The reunion had Republicans chanting “USA, USA.” It was an artful use of a military family for political gain.
This is Donald Trump’s State of The Union-more politics and propaganda than anything else.
Donald Trump wrapped himself in a message of patriotism and political talking points. In doing so, Trump promoted the greatness of our nation saying this is a “land of heroes and a place where destinies are born.” The patriotic emotionalism allowed Trump to deliver a plethora of inaccurate statements.
Trump spoke of accomplishments, many of them false. He claimed, for example, that “we will always protect patients with preexisting conditions.” This statement is simply a lie.
Trump also distorted Obama’s record, making grandiose claims of economic achievement. Trump claimed “In eight years under the last administration, over 300,000 working-age people dropped out of the workforce. In just three years of my Administration, 3.5 million working-age people have joined the workforce.”
THE FACTS: Trump is being misleading with numbers to tarnish his predecessor’s record. It’s not clear what he means by “working-age.” But the total size of the U.S. labor force shows that the president is just wrong.
During the eight years of Obama’s presidency, the labor force rose by 5.06 million, according to the Labor Department. The improvement reflected a rebounding economy from the Great Recession and population growth. The Associated Press
Trump, however, was able to wrap his speech in misrepresentations while motivating the GOP members of Congress to jump to their feet every time he delivered a statement of achievement. Trump had the GOP members of Congress acting like a group of lap dogs, jumping to their feet every time he gave them a talking point treat. If the speech worked with the GOP establishment, it worked with Trump’s voting base.
In the end, Nancy Pelosi tore up Donald Trump’s speech…the moment delivered a strong message regarding her views of Trump’s political propaganda. The moment spoke for itself.
However, Pelosi’s act accented the great partisan divide in Washington D.C. It is this divide that feeds Trump, it is this divide that is undermining the Democrat’s ability to deliver a message resonating with voters. It is this divide driving impeachment and resulting in a no removal vote in the Senate.
The fact is Americans are not going to vote based on impeachment or Trump’s conduct. If the economy is good, and Americans feel they are better off Trump can win. However, if the Democrats talk the issues and the truth about the economy and more, Trump may lose.
Democrats are distracted by impeachment; they are not delivering an issue-based message based on fact. Democrats, moreover, are losing their identity, the politics of the moment consumes them, and is distracting them from key issues concerning the American public.
Democrats need to target rural working Americans. There are many in this country earning substandard wages with an inability to make enough to provide for their families. Health care, and its rising costs, are making it nearly impossible for many people to gain access to the health care system. The reality is the current economic system benefits the wealthier while leaving working Americans wondering if they can earn a living.
Democrats are now mired in a massive political failure arising from the pure mismanagement of the Iowa causes. Democrats, moreover, appear unwilling to deal with the failure making them look incompetent. The image is not creating confidence in the Democrats’ ability to organize, deliver a meaningful message, and win.
Democrats are failing to identify themselves by talking issues and solutions. When Democrats talk about health care, the economy, and infrastructure their arguments win. However, Democrats are currently failing to identify their message while staying on message. They are consumed with impeachment and mired in disorganization, with too many candidates diluting the message in an age of stark political division. Democrats are feeding that division and tearing up a speech further fuels that division.
Petty politics will not win elections.
Democrats need substantive, truthful responses to the Trump propaganda machine. What they are doing thus far is not going to convince voting Americans Democrats can solve the issues facing this nation.
Donald Trump’s State of the Union showed an ability to focus on the base and his message, regardless of the truth. He showed a unique ability excite his base, to have them respond to his message and to act based on that message. He used the likes of Rush Limbaugh to put the icing on the cake. The GOP lap dogs soaked up the Limbaugh moment which means his voting base did the same. Limbaugh works for Trump and the presentation of America’s highest civilian honor to a conservative propaganda machine worked with the base.
Trump’s message may or may not work for 2020…it depends on whether Democrats get focused by delivering a message resonating with a broad range of voters. As 2018 shows, when Democrats talk issues, they win.
Trump is impeached. The impeachment process is over, it is a political dead horse. Reality dictates Trump will only be removed from his office by the voting public. Unless Democrats regroup, define themselves and talk about issues of health care, fair wages, the economy, infrastructure and America’s future they will lose in 2020.
Democrats are facing a defining moment in American politics. How they deal with that moment will define their future, and ours, for the foreseeable future.
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