Thursday, July 19, 2018

Democrats Unveil New Slogan

                Democrats recently unveiled a new slogan (just in time— they hope) to help them in the mid-term elections: “For the People.” Seriously. Time will tell if this one works any better than their last slogan, which was a bust. Last year, Democrats trotted out: “A Better Deal: Better Skills, Better Jobs, Better Wages.” That one had two main faults. First, many thought it was a barely tweaked version of Papa John’s “Better Ingredients. Better Pizza. Papa John’s.” And second, it played right into Trump’s hands, as he is the master of deals, and was already well on the way to creating better jobs and better wages, using skills he learned in business.
                Some Democratic leaders, such as Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi, have been urging their colleagues to quit spending all their time attempting to get Trump impeached and focus on the economy. This seems ironic, as it has never gone well when they’ve focused on the economy in the past. At least for the rest of us. And given the fact that Pelosi herself said last spring that Democrats would work hard to roll back the Trump tax cuts if they retake Congress.
                The Dems do plan to highlight Republican corruption going forward, though this is akin to Bill Clinton calling Donald Trump a philanderer. Or Charles Manson bemoaning violence on television.
                “For the People” makes me think of an R.E.M. song. Or a communist dictatorship. “The People’s Republic of China,” or “The Democratic People’s Republic of North Korea.” If Democrats retake the House and Senate, they will impeach Trump…for being Trump…and possibly bring forth legislation to rename The United States of America, “The People’s Republic of the United States,” or “The Glorious People’s Republic of America.”
               The Third Reich put the term “Arbeit Macht Frei” (“Work Makes You Free”) over the entrances to several concentration camps during World War II. Perhaps the Democratic Party, lurching ever further to the left, should claim the slogan “Unwissenheit Macht Frei,” a German phrase meaning “Ignorance Makes You Free.” It would be fitting.
   Higher taxes, unfettered abortion, open borders (and bathrooms and locker rooms), sanctuary cities, countless genders, separate rules for the elite establishment, speech/thought/gun control. All of these, should Democrats regain power, will be automatic…”For the People.”

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