- Posted May 27, 2014 by
Watertown, New York
This iReport is part of an assignment:
- So, "Five Republican Candidates Walk into a Koch Brothers' Donor Retreat"...Beginning of a Bad Joke or Travesty of US Representative Government?
- 9/11 to Now: Ways We Have Changed Our Language and Traded Security for Freedom
- How Our Country and Its Language has Changed since 9/11- One Nation under Surveillance for Liberty and Justice for All?
- The GOP Tries to Sink Another Iran Deal; It's Not the First Time. Remember Reagan’s Deal with Iran? Our Coup? The Shah" No? You Must Be Republican
- $15 an Hour in NY? Where's the Outrage Over Corporate America's Continuous 'Raises'? Fast Food's Raise Will Leverage Hike for All Workers in America
GOP Taking 'Lessons' on 'Sounding Better' to Voters
Why? Good question.
Why would a political party have to take lessons on how to talk to women more effectively?
Or the middle class that have had their programs cut while those voters have watched the money saved from cuts to their programs be given to wealthy corporations in additional tax cuts?
Political opportunism and desperation? Certainly.
Moist people understand that the best way to talk to those that vote is to understand them and empathize with their position- to feel their pain and actually implement policies that address that condition.
Simply understanding the problems the middle class have economically and then legislating against them by continuing to favor 'trickle-down-, neo-liberal policies, Republicans realize, won't get them re-elected in November.
So they are taking classes to sound better.
Of course there will be the side bar issues of Benghazi, Benghazi, and then, yes, Benghazi.
Yes, new inquiries into old controversies that should have been settled.
Jobs are coming back so that won't be such a big election issue even though those jobs are low paying.
From the Washington Post:
" Republican strategy for the fall elections seemed set: hammer Democrats on the health care law and "jobs, jobs, jobs."
As Democrats show increasing confidence on those fronts, however, House Republicans are gambling that ramping up new inquiries into old controversies involving the Internal Revenue Service and Libya will energize conservative voters without turning off moderates."
Maybe a better strategy would be to actually develop the ability to 'give a damn' about the people they are supposed to represent.
Instead of taking lessons on sounding more sensitive, they could listen and actually feel what would be the correct path forward for those they hope would vote for them.
Republicans should listen to Paul Krugman who says:
"Our political discourse is dominated by reverse Robin-Hoodism — the belief that economic success depends on being nice to the rich, who won’t create jobs if they are heavily taxed, and nasty to ordinary workers, who won’t accept jobs unless they have no alternative."
And the GOP has been working to fulfill that ideology for the last 30 years.
Voters see (at least those of us that don't watch FOX) that the Republican Party has no clothes.
Who they advocate for is apparent. What they stand for is obvious.
And no amount of 'slick talking will convince thoughtful people that they have changed their views about ordinary people who don't have six figure incomes.