How Democrats Can Win
Problems and Solutions

In the last 26 years, Democrats have mostly lost control of the House, the Senate, the presidency and a majority of state houses.  Here's a House and Senate breakdown since 1993 (in years):

  1. House Republicans  20 Democrats  6
    Senate Republicans  16 Democrats  10
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According to the pollsters, in 2016, Hillary Clinton won the popular vote by over 3 million but Donald Trump won because a relatively small number of Americans in a few key districts, some of whom had previously voted for Barack Obama, voted for him.  Dissatisfied with the status quo, these voters took a chance on Trump because, like all Republican politicians before him, he promised what they most desired: JOBS and LOWER TAXES.

While it's true that Trump — conceivably the most unprepared, unqualified and atypical candidate ever to run — made countless outrageous promises and demagogic statements, the majority of his supporters mostly ignored them because JOBS and LOWER TAXES were more important to them — something which Democrats who want to get elected cannot afford to ignore!

  • To become a majority party again, Democrats must offer credible and concrete plans to provide ALL VOTERS with the means to attain what is most important to them — financial security and stability
  • Before we are able to effect any meaningful change to benefit the poor and the middle class, we must first win elections!  This means that, regardless of party affiliation . . .
    1. Democrats must concentrate on those issues which are important to ALL VOTERS
    2. Democrats can no longer ignore those who voted for Trump
The aforesaid notwithstanding, Democrats should win many more elections than they do!  As we will prove here, since the end of World War I in 1918, Americans have fared better under Democratic administrations and, in fact, Democrats have been more fiscally responsible than Republicans.   Still, Democrats keep losing elections — often to incompetent, unqualified demagogues.   The question is "Why?"

    • Many Democratic candidates run with little or no support
    • In many cases, candidates are "self-selected", unvetted and obliged to run self-financed, ineffectual, shoe-string campaigns.
    • More often than not, candidates get no financial support from local, county or state organizations — case in point: during the 2016 Florida Elections, some Democratic congressional candidates were asked to pay $2,500 for a CD of registered voters when the CD could be obtained FREE from the State Division of Elections!
    • Candidates get no technical, social media or strategic support from Democratic organizations.
    • Because some candidates get no party support, they campaign by their own rules, sometimes having to ask for — and receiving! — support from Republicans, potentially compromising their support for core Democratic policies.
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We propose the creation of Joint Candidate Clusters ("JCC") to find, vet, direct and mentor qualified, electable candidates willing run their campaigns according to established JCC policies and procedures.

JCC Structure

  • Policy Directors
    • • Subgroup Management and Coordination
  • Subgroups
    • candidate "search and find" • logistics (fundraising, etc.)
    • social media • technical (website, data management, presentations)
    • canvassing (door-to-door, phone) • publicity (press releases, TV, Radio)
  • Candidates
    • • will share equally in all fundraising proceeds
    • • will support, commit and adhere to JCC Directives to remain members
    • as part of a larger, cohesive and supportive unit, will never be left to run on their own

When Republicans Win, Americans Lose

Historically, Republicans have unjustly portrayed Democrats as "tax-and-spend, fiscally-irresponsible liberals", a reputation which Democrats give credence to when they promise to raise taxes to pay for desirable national goals.  Nonetheless, the opposite is true!   Democrats are the fiscally-responsible party.

  • Since 1928, with rare exception, when Republicans have won elections, unemployment rates and the economic outlook have been mostly favorable.  However, when they have left office . . .
    • Irresponsible income and capital gains tax cuts have created large deficits and debt.  As a consequence . . .
      • Unemployment rates have risen — sometimes to dangerous levels.
      • They have left the economy worse than when they took office.
  • Conversely, when Democrats have been elected . . .
    • The economy has improved.
    • Unemployment rates have gone down – even during the Jimmy Carter Administration, when there was a world-wide oil crisis!¹
    • After Republicans have damaged the economy, confidence in our economy has risen.
  1. ¹ Unpredicted Oil Crisis and Iran-hostage crisis most likely influenced elections but unemployment rates were slightly better than when President Carter took office
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Although Americans have historically been better off when Democrats have been in control, Democratic candidates, due to their inexperience, unfamiliarity with party history and other causes, are unable to make this case to their constituents.  To make the case . . .

  • Candidates must familiarize voters with our historic unemployment and tax tables and put this at the top of their campaign agenda.
  • Candidates must remind voters of those popular Permanent Reforms which Democrats have codified into law and which have improved the lives of all Americans since 1932, such as . . .
     a. Social Security  b. Medicare
     c. Medicaid  d. Civil Rights
  • Going forward, candidates must emphasize to their constituents that "Economic Equality Through Fiscal Responsibility, Fair Taxation And Representation" are their primary goals and that the Fair Automatic Simple Tax ("FAST") is the tool they will apply to achieve these non-partisan goals.
Blue-Label Democrats

Blue-Label Democrats are a new breed of rational, informed, all-inclusive, patriotic public servants who understand that, in order to take control, Democrats must be united and Democratic candidates must offer real, concrete, non-divisive solutions which appeal to all Americans.  Blue-Label Democrats¹ consider it their moral obligation to protect our American institutions, freedoms and values.

Given the threats Republicans pose to our economy, social programs, Democratic institutions and national security, more than ever, it is imperative that Blue-Label Democrats be elected.

However, as you will see in Our Rational Solution, below, getting Blue-Label Democrats elected will require some "out-of-the-box thinking".

WARNING: All Democratic goals and principles are important to all Rational Americans and nothing contained in these pages should be contrued to mean otherwise.  Our aim is to get enough Blue-Label Democrats elected to take control of the House and Senate — the only possible way Democratic Party goals could possibly be achieved.

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  • Avoid getting bogged down with too many issues
  • Whenever possible, Blue-Label Democratic candidates must avoid divisive, so-called, "wedge issues" — e.g., abortion, immigration, LGBT, free-tuition, Medicare for all, etc. — which are so strongly opposed by many non-Democrats.  Such issues presuppose Democratic legislative control and would be better handled as post-election issues.
  • Blue-Label Democratic candidates must concentrate on issues which appeal across party lines, for example,
  • Blue-Label Democratic candidates must campaign as all-inclusive, reform-driven patriotic public servants who reject simplistic, divisive "purity" labels
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