"The Cause of America is in a Great Measure the Cause of all Mankind." - Thomas Paine
1776 & Again in 2018
"Let it be told to the future world, that in the depth of winter, when nothing but hope and virtue could survive, that the city and the country, alarmed at one common danger, came forth to meet and to repulse it."
Crisis ~ Thomas Paine, 1776
Chaos of the Con
Trump Family Brand - Putrid Squalor
The first of Thomas Paine's thirteen Crisis essays in 1776 provided much needed emotional and psychological support to a republican military force who seemed mentally and physically spent.
General George Washington read the first essay to the troops. The effect was instantaneous and amazing! Paine’s essay bolstered and re-energized the troops. Their courage and sacrifice was vital to victory, and the subsequent establishment of the American Republic.
242-years later the American republic needs help again. The incredulous twist in 2018 is that the American citizen must save themselves and the American republic from those within the White House!
The Pre-Trump Landscape
The seeds for this Crisis were sowm long before Trump's election. A broad, deep-seeded dysfunction exists throughout American culture: Everyone aggrieved and intolerant.
Getting rid of Trump is just the tip of the partisan political boil that must be lanced for the health of the American republic.
The fact is an enormous percentage of American voters were fed-up with all of Washington. Voters were fed up with all politicians, all the PACS, all the smug political establishment, and on and on. Clearly, something Trump said on the campaign trail resonated with voters.
Among the other post-election surprises: Just how disliked Hilary Clinton and/or the Clinton name is; and the Clinton campaigns' blunder by not paying enough attention to Democratic strongholds in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania.
News Source Fragmentation
The reputation of mainstream media was already at all time lows in terms of trust and credibility before the 2016 presidential campaign kicked off.
Add to the above the embarrassing fact they all picked Clinton to win. And the media wasn't just wrong on one poll, no. They were jaw-droppingly wrong throughout the entire presidential campaign! Are you guys all shopping at the same grocery store? How does this happen?
Two other realities emerged to further diminish the longstanding authority and advertising revenue of traditional mainstream media: Obama's 2008 presidential campaign was the first to effectively tap into the fund raising power of social media; And in 2016, Trump's idiot savant usage of Twitter gained him unimagined coverage and bang-for-the-buck compared to Clinton's more conventionally run campaign.
Everyone Was Wrong
American University Professor, Allan Lichtman alone predicted Trump's election victory. But EVERYONE else, wrong: All media, all polsters, the poltical campaigns of both Republican and Democratic parties, all think tanks. WRONG!
And to whatever extent Russia interferred in the 2016 election, the overarching fact is everyone was wrong. Everyone predicted a comfortable Clinton win: No one, save Professor, Allan Lichtman, predicted a Trump win.
Bully the Bully
Remember the Obama phrase, "When he goes low, we go high?" It was a noble but useless attempt to hang on to a portion of the rhetorical stage. Trump can't be shamed. Tragically, in 2018, his inbred debasing of the office of President of the United States of America and endless lies win the day or preoccupy minds.
Aside from Trump being impeached, the only way to beat someone like this is to bully-the-bully. You hammer the shit out of him with substance AND humor.
One essential component for the Common Sense Movement is a non-partisan, pro-citizen position. A grassroots change in which the lunantic, scorched earth stance of partisan politics is gone. Ambitious? Yes. Necessary? Yes.
A Price to Pay
Make no mistake: America will have a price to pay for having elected Trump president. There is a cost, a ripple effect, for Trumps' lack of moral leadership, the unending lies, the disregard and ruin of institutions, and the distain for common sense, critical thought and logic. The longer Trump remains president, the greater the price America will pay long term.
The road to common sense for America and western culture will be long, uncertain and circuitous. Getting rid of Trump will only be the start of the journey. Western secular democracies, while fraught with problems and inequities, are worth saving.
However, at this moment, America/western culture - politics, universities, corporations, religion, SJW, #BLM - is so divisive and intolerant that most of us can't see, or don't care that we are eating ourselves.
The good news is if man has Common Sense, he has hope.
1. Focus on the fact that the Trump presidency is a Crisis not only for America but billions worldwide.
As Paine wrote in Common Sense, “The cause of America is in a great measure the cause of all mankind.”
2. Champion the rebirth of the persuasive, self-evident logic underlying Thomas Paines’ writing, which
influenced events in both the American and French Revolution.
3. Make our case for the Common Sense Movement via a two-pronged approach: Produce content of
substance and content of humor.
4. Aspire to develop the Common Sense Movement. A day when common sense, critical thinking and logic in political discourse is the preferred method of exchange not as they are now - often unused faculties.
5. Provide a channel for like-minded individuals and organizations to support one another, share
resources and strategies for regaining control over the political process.
6. Explore how the Tatlow & Rawlings Common Sense Movement can participate in political reform
and/or lead to the creation of a third party.