The Vision Thing
It is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
I get bored
A wish for a real one
--Bored, The Deftones
Subtitle: Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow
There is rampant speculation that the Democratic Party needs to develop a vision for the future.
Having thought relentless disdain and opprobrium toward their opponent and a sense of entitlement to the job good ways to sail into the White House (not), some are scabbing today onto that tone-deaf repertoire the thought that it might just be a good idea to mount a vision-quest.
To actually have something to offer the voter which is substantive, believable, forward-thinking, and more appealing than that offered by their opponent. Since the Democrats lost in 2016, it seems fair to say they failed in that mission.
But what they did well was obloquy, and they cut their teeth on their favorite catch dog, Mr. Trump. For those who do not know the "sport" of dog fighting, the catch dog is the designated loser, thrown into the training pit and on which the dogs may hone their fighting skills.
What they failed to see was, too many of We the People have become the catch dogs in the ring of life, and those people saw a vision of themselves in the pit.
None of the arrogant and privileged candidates spoke for them, and they knew it. For them, life continues to constrict, and Democrats have been on station during the devolution of their lives.
Candidate Clinton offered empty words that offered nary a drop of water to the thirsty.
So this "vision" will supposedly energize the system, allowing democracy to flourish and prevail. Great concept, but what about today?
Without a rock solid today, will there even be a tomorrow worth a hill of beans?
The Democrat's mission is a garbled transmission. One may not continue down the path of invective (their entrenched losing strategy), yet also build something credible and positive at the same time.
Speaking on the 2012 Presidential election, Mr. Trump recognized that meanness of spirit was not a winning strategy. Speaking of the Democrat's position on illegal immigrants he said, “They didn’t know what the policy was, but what they were is they were kind” (unlike their Republican opponents).
They are no longer kind.
Their continued divided efforts show them to have a tin ear, for the voters they lost already divined that the party's sole goal was a win, and not a desire for a better tomorrow for them.
There is no tomorrow without a today.
--by Lisa and Jim