Friday, November 05, 2004

The Enemy...

Today my thoughts often turned to the 'what next?' question. This election is a really hard loss to bear (yes, I do realize what an incredible understatement that is!). But I was trying to think forward, brainstorming on ways to use this experience to our benefit.

How could the Reps have won, despite all the compelling evidence against them and Bush? Kerry was a good candidate and ran a decent campaign (even if you don't agree, please humor me and set it aside for a sec). But yet they won the spin, the election, and the minds of 51% of the voting public. How, how, how? And more importantly, what the hell are we going to do about it?

Then I remembered something I read in a book a while ago...

"...there is no teacher but the enemy. No one but the enemy will tell you what the he is going to do. Only the enemy shows you where you are weak and where he is strong. And the rules of the game are what you can do to him and what you can stop him from doing to you. I am your enemy from now on, from now on I am your teacher."

So here we are, on the other side of the election. Some are turning their anger inward, and pointing the finger. That's a natural enough reaction, which I think can be put to use in a more constructive way.

Minus the self loathing, negative bs...What have we learned from our opponents during this election? What strengths do they have that we can absorb? What weaknesses have they revealed that we can get rid of? And the most important...what strengths of ours came out during this difficult but exciting time?

The time to start thinking about this is NOW. A famous person once said 'We must be the change we wish to see in the world.' We do not have a rooted and disciplined political machine like the Reps have. 'The enemy' has shown us that much at least.

But guess what? We can be that change we wish to see in our party. The most empowering tool has fallen in our laps (well, at least for those of us with laptops). DKos is our political machine.
The more we use it in a constructive way, the stronger we will be. Discipline for us does not have to be blindly marching in line, it can be unity of purpose, and building something together.

We can do it. Hell, we have to do it. There's no need to become bigots, that's for sure.

A new mindset: don't look at things as 'an appeal to the American people', where you put forth all the evidence and expect it to do the work. That's the way it should be, but this election has shown us that it just isn't the reality of things. Especially with the media the way it is.

I think more a more aggressive mindset and tactics are in order. Pound them with the truth, be relentless, don't give ground. Hell, we have the advantage...the facts!

There's nothing shameful in using the facts as a weapon. A majority of the American people still think that Saddam had something directly to do with 9/11. And that he also had wmd's. What the hell? We can't depend on the media to report it in depth. It's us or nothing at this point.

"The best way to predict the future is to invent it." -Alan Kay


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