Weâ€™ve heard it all before, over and over and over again: â€œObamaâ€™s a Kenyan/Moslem/Socialist whoâ€™s bent on taking away our liberty/guns/free market by encouraging illegal immigration/building secret FEMA detention camps/wielding unconstitutional executive powers!â€
Those Americans who actually take the time to become informed instead of inhaling viral conservative emails, absorbing Fox News propaganda, and plugging what remains of their brains into right-wing talk radio, recognize all such bizarre conspiracy theories and leaps of logic for what they are: hateful claptrap designed to fuel the fears of angry white men and the subservient women who bow before them.
But the astonishingly sad fact is that a great many brainwashed and blow-dried citizens actually believe such nonsense. And they vote. How has our nationâ€™s political dialogue become so vapid, degraded, and contemptuous of facts? Itâ€™s simple, really.
For one thing, liberals boast a long-standing tradition of not fighting back when smacked in the nose by conservatives. Result: conservatives own the field of battle.
For another, when they do deign to respond to the aforementioned conservative claptrap, liberals hold forth with long, drawn-out explanations featuring facts, figures, charts, graphs, and copious footnotes. Conservatives reply with quick, stinging jabs, repeated ad infinitum regardless of truth. Guess which approach wins with low-information voters who feel they simply donâ€™t have the time to be bothered with facts, figures, charts, graphs, and have no earthly idea what â€œcopiousâ€ means?
In boxing parlance, liberals need to work on their messagingâ€”their â€œleft hook,â€ if you willâ€”to counter the constant barrage of conservative right jabs.
In terms of the New American Revolution, the liberal guerrillas and OccuPatriots of the 99% Brigade need to be constantly attacking the rear guard of the Kings Koch CorpaTories, nipping away at the heels of the oligarchs, and waging a war of attrition.
This is a battle for hearts and minds. And, yes, liberals really do need to â€œdumb downâ€ their message into simple sound-bites and punch back hard when bullied by plutocratic lackeys disguised as â€œlibertarians.â€
Let the battlefront strategizing begin. We may have won the Battle of ObamaCare, but the defeat in Wisconsin and the never-ending supply of CorpaTory weapons from Citizens United loom large. Thereâ€™s no time to loseâ€¦
Originally published at Examiner.com