'You can fool some of the people all the time, and those are the ones you want to concentrate on.' — George W. Bush
Yesterday I posted this video showing how a 6 million dollar ad campaign can give us a 20 point swing in the polls. That is the power of propaganda.
Even as the country elected a wave of Republicans to office, they also voted overwhelmingly for progressive amendments and referendums that are the exact opposite of the Republican agenda. That is the power of propaganda.
75% of voters approved Amendment 1 to protect Florida's environment, and simultaneously they reelected Gov. Rick Scott, a man with an absolutely dismal record on the environment.
South Dakota, Arkansas, and Nebraska are solidly conservative, but residents of all three states voted in the midterm elections to raise their states’ minimum wages. That’s paradoxical, given that the standard conservative position is that higher minimum wages kill jobs by making low-skilled workers too expensive for employers to hire.When you put a progressive policy in front of the voters, they say 'yes!' But the power of propaganda is such that people are confused to the point that they are no longer able to connect the policies they support to the politicians who champion them.
Maybe that's because there hasn't been a lot of progressive championing going on. Republicans run as conservatives, and Democrats as conservative lite. But there is clearly a hunger for progressive policies in this country and one or both of the parties should capitalize on it.
Could be better. Could be worse.
So voters want a higher minimum wage, legal pot, abortion access and GOP representation. Ok then.
— Ben Casselman (@bencasselman) November 5, 2014
'If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.' — Thomas Jefferson