For over a year or whenever the teabaggers began, there has been a stunning demonstration on how to demagogue your enemy while labeling him the demagogue.
From the beginning they used the techniques of both the Fascists of
For what has been happening in our country recently, I fault the left and the Democratic Party at least 80%. Why? Despite repeated demonstrations by the right lasting for 2 decades, the Democrats refuse to use the simplest, known propaganda tools to make their message effective. One can use some universal principles of persuasion without becoming the enemy. Why the Democratic party does not have a liberal Frank Lutz on the payroll is beyond me. However, I would not be surprised if they do but don’t use him/her. Some issues need reframing into more simple and repeatable terms. There needs to be a little work on talking point i.e., having some and using them. And simplest of all, Repetition. That’s right, repetition. Even when Democrats succeed at something or make a great point, they say it once (usually in a dry, convoluted, non-emotion appealing way) assuming, I guess, that it should carry on face value. The only thing the Democrats seem to repeat in this arena is the failure to accommodate event the simple principles.
I will not donate to the Democratic Party anymore unless I see them investing in getting the messages out effectively. As long as they let the right continue to define the issues in their hateful ways, responding only and not learning to define the dialogue I think they are hopeless. Power seekers without enough will to power.