Over the last 40 years, Republicons have manufactured a negatively skewed public perception of Democrats.
For millions of people, Rcons have successfully defined Democrats as unpatriotic people who hate this country, never serve in the military, want to replace the constitution with sharia law, hate white people, and want to confiscate all private guns.
When faced with someone who holds this view of Democrats, it does no good to point out the large number of Dems who are currently serving and who have served in the military (or the R chickenhawks who skated on multiple deferments). They dismiss the liberal scholars who defend the constitution and know what is in it better than the average deplorable, calling them mere exceptions. It does no good to remind Rs them that in eight years Barack Obama did not make a single step towards taking their guns. They respond with their neighbor or their uncle who holds some extreme gun control view as justification for painting all Ds with a broad brush.
Similarly, the coordinated VWRC message has created negatively skewed public perception of feminists, black folks, immigrants, Muslims, you get the idea.
When you know people in those groups, or if you *are* a member of those groups, you know the public perception is false, but you can’t compete with the propaganda reach of the R message and spend a lot of time shouting into the wind trying to figure out how to get heard.
Yes, I’m a feminist but no I don’t “hate men” or wish I were a man. I just believe my value should not be reduced to my sexual desirability; I want strangers and professionals to call me by my actual name instead of referring to me by some dismissive pet name, assuming a a right to intimacy I have not granted; and I want the laws of the land to give me equal protection under the law with respect to salary, job opportunities, and other sexism-based discrimination.
A member of any other mischaracterized group can easily make a similar argument.
If you are a progressive, you probably have a fact-checking reaction inside yourself when you hear blanket statements on the right such as “feminists hate men” or “blacks are having babies to get bigger welfare checks” or “Muslims are terrorists”. There is a place inside you that says: no, that isn’t true, no matter what the GOPropaganda has influenced the culture to believe, and even if there are occasional examples that look like exceptions.
I have a similar response when I hear:
Churches should stay out of politics completely—they do more harm than good.
Christians think atheists can’t be moral without God.
I want nothing to do with religious people — they are to blame for anti LGBTQ laws.
There are liberal Christians out here. There are progressive Christians out here. There are a LOT of us. We are trying to be heard. We are having about as much success as the Democratic Party’s attempt to present a countervailing identity in the face of very successful VRWC propaganda, which is to say, not very successful.
But we have been a major force in progressive politics for the entirety of the existence of this country from abolitionists to marriage equality advocates. Every single advancement in the name of inclusive justice has included us.
It’s one thing to be ignored by Republicons because we do not fit their narrative. They have shown over the last 40 years that they are ALWAYS going to lie and prevaricate and use propaganda techniques to make it seem as though events favor them. But it would be a help to at least be acknowledged by others on the Blue Team whose goals and values we share. It is a heartbreaking challenge to work alongside people for decades and still feel like no one knows who you are or what you do.
Rs know we outnumber them and they fear that. That’s why Rs *always* practice “discredit, divide and conquer”. They KNOW the value that churches had during the civil rights movement and they want to make sure that there is no similar coalition coming together now.
As sure as I believe there's a heaven above, Alfie, I know that most followers of Christ do not harbor hate in their hearts for immigrants, gays, trans folks, black folks, or Muslims.
Jesus told us how to treat each other. Those who do it are either Christians or righteous allies. Those who don't are neither.
Allowing Republicons to define Christianity makes as much sense as allowing Rcons to define Democrats.
Previous TRUE BLUE REPORT diaries
Mar 11: Ribbons: A Day Without a Woman, Native Nations Rise, Voting Rights Act still lives
Mar 10: How to talk to people who have trouble understanding actions have consequences
Mar 9: Where’s the fire? The real reason Rs are trying to rush TrumpCare through Congress
Mar 8: Message Discipline 101: TrumpCare, RyanCare, GOPCare, DonTCare—what’s in a name?
Mar 7: How very hard it is for a woman to go a day without paid (or unpaid) work
Mar 6: Can DJT really be stumbling into the exact investigation we want?
Mar 5: How is it even possible that deplorables see a man of faith when they look at DJT?
Mar 4: Blue Ribbon Winners—Chris Hayes, Malcolm Nance, Cierra Fields
Mar 3: I’m glad Bannon, Conway, Carson, Sessions, Miller, et al. are in the DJT Administration
Mar 2: “In every major fire it always starts with smoke. And smoke is what kills you.”
Mar 1: Am I the only one whose skin crawled at the Carryn Owens BIRGing moment?
Feb 28: Spinspotting 101: Special Prosecutor for what? It’s so easy to answer that question
Feb 27: Spinspotting 101: I’ve seen no evidence because I haven’t looked for any evidence!
Feb 26: If Neil Gorsuch were a man of integrity, he would decline the S.Ct. appointment
Feb 25: True Blue Ribbons: Russia Flag trolling, Dixie Swastika grabbing, District Days demonstrating
Feb 24: There is no such thing as a compassionate conservative
Feb 23: Chief of Staff, Nat’l Security Advisor, GOP Head, President Bannon—too many hats!
Feb 22: DJT has a few questions for you—SMURF THIS POLL!
Feb 21: The end of “access journalism” means it’s time to #sendtheinterns
Feb 20: KAC lying low for now… can we banish her (and all her ilk) from the airwaves completely?
Feb 19: DeVos cartoon, Ruby Bridges, unearned unhappiness and childlike faith
Feb 18: Blue Ribbon Winners—Vice Adm. Harward, Melissa McCarthy, and intel whistleblowers
Feb 17: And Ain’t I an American?
Feb 16: Please tell your family and friends—If you regret your DJT vote, speak up NOW
Feb 15: R-supported forced childbirth laws deny the autonomy of women
Feb 14: What did the president know? Everything. When did he know it? From the beginning.
Feb 13: Coping with The Madness of King Donald by hoping political comedy will save us
Feb 12: The Poverty and Justice Bible
Feb 11: Blue Ribbon Winners: Swastika removers, Ninth Circuit Panel, and the Persisterhood!
Feb 10: The first three words of the Constitution are “We, the People” not “I, the President”
Feb 9: Who first inspired your political activism? Who inspires you now?
Feb 8: We cannot and will not be silenced—Here’s what to do if they try to silence you
Feb 7: Plain Talk Tuesday: Tell people the Affordable Care Act is the same as OBAMACARE
Feb 6: Interview Skills 101—Internalized oppression and what Ryan Lizza did right. BRAVO!
Feb 5: These protest signs with Bible cites will confuse and befuddle RWNJs
Feb 4: Blue Ribbon Winners: Temple B’Nai Israel, Judge Robart, CNN, Senate Phone Callers
Feb 3: Not rich, not smart, not a good businessman, not a winner—DJT is NOTHING he claims to be
Feb 2: Thursday action—Encouragement, thanks, and apologies (pick one or more)
Feb 1: July 7, 2009 to August 25, 2009 and September 25, 2009 to February 4, 2010
Jan 31: If you’re on overload that’s part of their plan—there’s more than one way to #resist
Jan 30: Interview Skills 101 for reporters attempting to interview KAC and other Rcons
Jan 29: Blessed are they who hunger and thirst after righteousness
Jan 28: Blue Ribbon Winners: Women's March participants and #NoMuslimBan demonstrators and...
Jan 27: I wish Steve Bannon would tell me to keep my mouth shut
Jan 26: Thursday Action—Have you ever written a letter to the editor? Here’s how to start
Jan 25: The Asch Conformity Study, inauguration crowds, and the importance of speaking out
Jan 24: #ResistTrumpTuesday—good news day or another paying dues day?
Jan 23: Spy the Lie 101: How to enjoy watching Rcon spokesbot interviews, even KAC!
Jan 22: Why I prayed for the President* today
Jan 21: The only silver lining in the midst of these clouds
Inaugural (!) diary: Stop expecting Republicons to make sense