I'm frustrated by the vapidness of the many political phone calls, texts and emails I receive everyday. One after another, basic boilerplate donation pitch, too often with a shrill attention grabbing headline. Precious little interest in anyone's interests, beyond what can you donate, envelop licking, being sent door to door with Pollyannaish literature. Can't do that stuff anymore, but I do have something to offer.
Democrats need to get better informed and engaged - that means using every resource available, and that should include starting a Online Democratic Party Discussion Forum where people can share their ideas and network, educate, nurture enthusiasm, engage your grassroots. If we aren't changing minds we are losing.
I'm writing this post so that I have a URL to share with future texts and such.
FEBRUARY 10, 2022
Googling, “Why are Democrats losing voters?” reveals that voters who care are feeling so disenfranchised by the Democratic Party that they are turning off in droves.
This, during a year that should have every Democracy loving American energized and looking for how they can best participate in the coming election, it’s frightening.
After all, more than anything this election will be about the future of open and fair elections in the USA. Beyond that, it’s going to be a national referendum between the importance of honesty and truth in America’s public dialogue vs. a descent into anger driven anarchy. No exaggeration, simply pay attention to how the Republican Party has been engaging in every imaginable dirty trick to stymie future election participation and voting legitimacy.
Successful politicians require strong, informed, proactive support at their backs if they are to lead, yet the DNC seems to be doing little to nurture that sort of buy-in from their grassroots. Why?
The DNC’s disregard towards rank and file concerns is reflected in the constant bombardment of DNC’s boilerplate donation pitches, as though donating money was all We The People are good for. I understand the need to fundraise, but what about making us feel like active participants through straight talk, informing us of challenges, calling for feedback, being responsive, nurturing engagement.
The DNC should earn its money by informing and engaging constituents in a way that makes sense to us and connects with our lives. Creating relevance, encourages enthusiasm, produces participation.
Why not use the internet? Why not create a quality internet platform for having constructive political dialogue? By Democrats for Democrats!
The Democratic Party Online Discussion Forum.
Give America’s untapped concerned citizens a place to go for sharing their own stories, ideas, concerns, questions, challenges.
The Forum would be public, though I think it would be appropriate to limit commenting and posting privileges to registered Democrats. It would require a short set of clearly spelled out guidelines. Participants would need to sign up and agree to abide by the forum’s rules and standards. Moderators would be of critical importance to the DNC’s Discussion Forum’s success - fair, consistent, with a flair for humor, touch of empathy, and an instinct for constructive resolution and steering dialogue back on point.
I’ve been participating at “forum.CenterForInquiry.org" for many years and they provide an excellent example of how such a Forum could be organized and operated. CFI is small, a Democratic Party Online Discussion Forum could serve as a nucleus for some serious community building and it would grow as Democrats across the country discovered a place to speak out, hear new voices, to learn and to network within the Democratic Party organization.
Politically interested citizens have few opportunities for connecting with others, provide us with a trustworthy adult discussion platform for constructive dialogue among concerned individuals, I can't think of a better way to rapidly increase awareness, and reinvigorate a disillusioned Democratic grassroots.
After all, for all its faults the Democratic Party is all we have! We need to focus on fixing it, rather than abandoning what little remaining political muscle we the people have.
If the idea makes sense to you, please help spread the suggestion.
You are welcome and encouraged copy and share.
As it happens, today I also sent a message to Braver Angels,
so I might as well share this as well:
I write under "citizenschallenge" and I've been a climate science/evolution advocate since graduating high school in 1973. Have gone to several Colorado State Dem Conventions. I've wondered long and hard about why Democrats and liberal rationalist types keep losing against faith based personalities who are dependent on lies and hate mongering and blind repetition to make their message stick. So, I’ve dug deeper than issues.
I believe I have much to offer to some organization - please see for yourself and take a moment to look at my various blogs, especially my more recent writings.
Does any of it resonate with you. Can you use me?
April 27, 2021
My Elevator Pitch:
We The People have a moral ethical right - along with a pragmatic need - to learn what scientists have learned about this planet's biosphere and climate engine without constant dishonest crossfire.
We should not tolerate serious scientists always being drown out by amoral, dishonest and frankly ignorant arguments - that an astoundingly ruthless PR factory repeats over and over again, without ever learning a damned thing from the evidence in front of us.
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I'm also looking for folks to reach out to me - have me do some research and writing, help this effort achieve a greater audience - an editor, agent, interested other. Someone who gets what I've been trying to do here and thinks it deserves a bit of help.
If you've read some of my articles and are curious, why not offer me a reasonable two or three thousand word writing challenge?
Thank you for your time.
aka citizenschallenge (at gmail)