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Naming names

It's my general view that Democrats have a LOT of room for improvement when it comes to naming things. "Defund the police" is one of our most recent messaging fiascos, but it by no means stands alone.

One particularly annoying thing we do is sacrifice important words. For example, in a bizarre ironic twist, we've all but ceded the word "freedom" to GOP fascists.

I believe "freedom" should be a cornerstone of liberal messaging, including the freedom to bear arms. (As an aside, we will NOT win the war of words over 2nd Amendment rights. Stop talking about it.)

Courts are for justice

The laws of North Carolina and our state constitution itself are indisputably subservient to the Constitution of the United States. The language is explicit.

Sec. 5. Allegiance to the United States.
Every citizen of this State owes paramount allegiance to the Constitution and government of the United States, and no law or ordinance of the State in contravention or subversion thereof can have any binding force.

Checking in

I thought I'd take a minute to check in, see how folks are doing. I've been laying low for quite a while for lots of reasons, mostly involving bad health. It's been tough, especially given the daily insults we're facing from the Tarheel Taliban. And with the Uncle Tom Robinson shit-storm brewing, there's no telling how much evil is on the way. Add in a toxic stain of gerrymandering and we seem to be in for the very worst.

Major spam attack

Hi all.

We've been under attack by robots for several hours, receiving hundreds of spam posts and logging hundreds of new (robot) users. I'm worn out from fighting them and have to go do some work now. Sorry to leave you with whatever shows up.

I'm sure there's a way to use tech to stop this, but I don't know how to do it.

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The Democracy Party

If you think Democrats and progressives suck at messaging, you won't get any argument from me. I can't tell you the number of opportunities we've missed over the years. The whole "Defund the Police" fiasco is just the latest example of failing to get the basics of language and branding right. Nobody's in charge, and a lot of stupid stuff happens.

Can I see your pee-pee?

Of all the pressing questions facing the good citizens of North Carolina, it's hard to imagine that this most crushing intrusion into a person's very own identity would somehow rise to the top of the list of issues on the minds of the two most powerful men in our legislature. But there it is. Again.

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