A Challenge For the 'Writers'' Here, A Question of Narrative

There are two primary spheres in which Congress can and must exercise the implied powers of oversight of the Executive Branch:

1) Matters of a legal and/or ethical nature and concern ie wrongdoing of one kind or another; 

2) Matters involving executive, administrative, and managerial effectiveness and competence, which may include budgetary issues and concerns.

Questions involving criminality may involve the high crimes and misdemeanors that are the substance of impeachment.

Matters involving governmental ineffectiveness and/or incompetence do not and cannot rise to the level of impeachable offenses.

Aside from selecting charismatic and creative candidates, the narratives Democrats articulate must resonate with the general electorate as sincere and inspirational as well as substantive and meaningful.

So here's the question:

Can you compose a political narrative that is clear, unambiguous, short. simple, comprehensive, succinct, and effective as the primary message that the Dems should convey during the 2020 presidential election cycle?

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Comment by Robert B. James on January 6, 2019 at 6:17pm

    I like this question. I guess impeach tthe motherfucker can only take a party so far, so you search on. It’s times like this I wish I had studied Latin instead of pot washing. We were talking about entropy last night, but that won’t do. Science will not sell, obviously. 

                              Call it what it is.

      After seventy years of American Fascism, how do you sell anything without owning mass incarceration, without publicly shaming the majority of the party for being all for it? It won’t be easy.

                            Unrigging the system. 

      You are right in suggesting that we need a new story...a new beginning. We need to draw a line in history and step over it as a nation. Germany did. We can too.  More than words we need real action. We could set up tents in cities all over the country and provide services....instead of spending billions on campaign adds we can help. 

                              I’m thinking about this, RP...thanks.


Comment by Ron Powell on January 6, 2019 at 6:48pm

"...we need a new story...a new beginning. We need to draw a line in history and step over it as a nation...."

The first line in th the first paragraph....

Comment by J.P. Hart on January 7, 2019 at 7:33am

grok (v.)
"to understand empathically," 1961, arbitrary formation by U.S. science fiction writer Robert A. Heinlein (1907-1988) in his book "Stranger in a Strange Land." In popular use 1960s; perhaps obsolete now except in internet technology circles.
"...we need a new story...a new beginning. We need to draw a line in history and step leap over it as the resilient nation we are.

Comment by Tom Cordle on January 7, 2019 at 6:57pm

America stands at a crossroads; and as a people, we must decide what direction to take. Some mistakenly believe we can return to some mythical past; but this is the real world, not a movie; and if we are honest with ourselves, we know it is mission impossible to go back to the future.

Those who long for that past should remember that in those days unions were powerful, and workers by the millions were able to move their families into the middle class. That was also a time when income tax rates were much, much higher on the wealthiest Americans.

This is a time that calls for examining not only where we want to go, but also who we are and what it means to be an American. That will require us to communicate with each other and try to build bridges, rather than build walls between us. Given how divided we are at this moment, that won't be easy.

But we are fortunate to have avenues of communication previous generations couldn't even dream of. The Internet and social media have tremendous potential to promote honest, heartfelt communication, and it's high time they were used for that purpose – rather than to tear each other down. And above all, we cannot afford to have these tools stolen from us by those who would use them to further divide us and bring this country down.

It is time to declare our national priorities; fortunately, most Americans already substantially agree about some of them – universal healthcare, rebuilding our aging infrastructure, regulation of firearms and prohibition of assault weapons, and the need to address climate change.

Many Americans also believe it is high time to change certain aspects of our politics. It is abundantly clear that the Electoral College has outlived whatever usefulness it once may have had. It's also clear that candidates for major offices should be required to show their tax returns for the previous ten years. That should include at the very least the President, Vice-President, Senators, Congresspersons, cabinet officers and Federal judges.

All such officers should be required to divest themselves of their holdings or place them in a true blind trust while serving. These officials and other high-ranking officials and members of their immediate families should also be prohibited from lobbying for at least ten years after leaving office, and preferably be prohibited from lobbying for life.

While these broad outlines are a step in the right direction, the genius, as always, is in the details. To ensure we get the details right requires us to elect people who first and foremost understand that public service is a privilege, and not a turn at the hog-trough. It also requires that we choose people who have the education, energy and experience necessary to fulfill our lofty goals.

To that end, each of us must put aside our prejudices and our partisan past; we must behave in a way that honors all that has been given us ... the blessings that have been bestowed upon us in this land of the free and home of the brave. We must demonstrate that we are worthy of the trust our forefathers placed in us, and we must honor the many who came before us who sacrificed so much so that government of the people, by the people, and for the people shall not perish from this earth.

Comment by Ron Powell on January 7, 2019 at 7:57pm

@TC; Good speech!

Comment by koshersalaami on January 7, 2019 at 11:16pm

Narrative or slogan?

I’ll suggest a slogan. A different form of it has been used before and so it should have a very definite resonance.

No American Left Behind

Comment by Tom Cordle on January 8, 2019 at 7:52am

Slogan?  Make America Sane Again or Make America Care Again or Make America Right Again – naw, forget that last one

Comment by J.P. Hart on January 8, 2019 at 11:08am

Dear Thomas Jefferson Cordle,

Please know that I have some conduit with the true-blue loyal opposition. More than a little chat is a priori with

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Keith Olbermann, Beto O'Rourke, Gavin Newsom...? No doubt 'stuff' has been in a downward spiral ever since Robin Williams' demise (!! AUG '14(: JPH (more than a little peculiar with Beuhla & the Cotton/Sturdys not far from Peoria). (The girls gleefully applauded after my in-shower rendition of 16 Tons)!

Comment by Tom Cordle on January 8, 2019 at 4:53pm

JPH, if you do have an inside track to Beto, I will happily donate to the cause the use of my song "True Blue Texan", which can be viewed/heard here:


Comment by Ron Powell on January 8, 2019 at 8:00pm

@Kosh; The narrative(s) should be articulated....Good slogans, bumper stickers and sound bite will flow freely if the narrative(s) resonate....


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