Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Democrats Need Don Draper

What the Democratic Party needs is marketing.

Reading "Dark Money" the thing that stands out is the Republicans have treated political discourse as marketing.  They know that Democrats have the arguments which should keep them in power:  1/ we need some form of universal health care 2/ We need regulation of markets to protect consumers from unscrupulous profit driven businesses  3/ we need to pay people enough money to keep them in the game, to give them a stake, so they want to cooperate enough to insure the continued flow of goods and services they want directed to them. 4/ we need to allow for the free expression of opinion and for free exchange of information so bad products and bad companies and bad practices (like cows standing in their own poop and chickens crowded shoulder to shoulder for their whole lives) can been exposed and rejected 5/ we need a planet unsullied by poisonous fumes and toxins.

So the Republicans have needed to come up with some appealing goodies to sell and they have hit upon keeping government off your back, resisting taxes and regulations and the knee of government on the neck of entrepreneurs who are our best hope for driving new knowledge, innovation.

Then the Republicans monetize these ideas by paying enough people enough money to keep them marketing these ideas--Rush Limbaugh has found his own pot of gold but there are numerous "foundations" and "think tanks" which employ people to get and remained "impassioned."

They know and know how to use anger.

President Obama, for all his great and many virtues did not do well with anger.  He failed, to the extent he failed, because he could not bring himself to get angry enough or often enough. He saw the American economy shoved to the brink of death by--well, who knows who was responsible really?  My best guess comes from reading "The Big Short" and stuff like that.
But Obama could not bring himself to rail against Wall Street greed, and nobody went to jail. NOBODY WENT TO JAIL!  In Iceland, after their 2008 crash, lots of bankers wen to jail. Made everyone feel a lot better. I saw the jails when I visited. And I thought, "We should have some American bankers, and American credit rating agency CEO's in jail. I'd feel a lot better.

Now Bernie Sanders writes an editorial in the NYT:
This is a pivotal moment in American history. Do we, as a nation, join the rest of the industrialized world and guarantee comprehensive health care to every person as a human right? Or do we maintain a system that is enormously expensive, wasteful and bureaucratic, and is designed to maximize profits for big insurance companies, the pharmaceutical industry, Wall Street and medical equipment suppliers?
We remain the only major country on earth that allows chief executives and stockholders in the health care industry to get incredibly rich, while tens of millions of people suffer because they can’t get the health care they need. This is not what the United States should be abo

Notice how he clearly identifies the bad guys, the bad values, the enemy.That's what you need in war, an enemy. FDR knew how to do that. Elizabeth Warren sometimes can identify the enemy, but she seems saddened by their perfidy rather than angered by it.

We need somebody to get angry.

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