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Austin — Campaign 2022 officially launched at the time of application on March 1st. Democratic and Republican primaries It opened on Saturday.
In short, it’s breathtaking about how stakes have risen like never before, how bad guys have never been sneaky, and how good guys have never been, for the 50 weeks leading up to the November elections. You can hear the torrent of messages. And the need for you to send money has never been more dire.
The fate of our democracy is warned, but in our hands.
The last part is really true. But almost everything else we hear, see, or read from the people who are trying to guide us needs to be strained through a tightly woven sieve. Now let’s look at some of the rhetoric that could shape the political story of the next 12 months and try vaccination against some of the exaggerations.
“This is the most important election in our life.” Wait, what? Wasn’t the last election the most important election ever? Yes. So did the one before and the one before. Elections are always important. That’s why we keep them. The reason politicians continue to say that the following are the most important is because they need their side to feel excited and scared. Or both.
“Our opponents (choose one or more) are socialists, fascists, communists, authoritarians, not in contact, and wrong for Texas.” Watch out for radical labels.
Being liberal is not the same as being a socialist. For example, many liberals twist themselves into pretzels so that they do not say they are liberals. They will call themselves “progressive,” “forgiving,” or “open-minded,” or “earth-friendly.” Other than “liberal”. On the other hand, real socialists may call themselves socialists. See Sanders, Bernie. Or maybe Ocasio Cortez, Alexandria.
Conservatives generally enjoy calling themselves conservatives. They don’t all agree exactly what the conservatives are. But they all want to be called one. The label has been good for them in Texas for generations, even when Democrats were doing things. A conservative Democrat, that is.
But conservatives and fascists are not the same. Fascism generally requires full loyalty to the state. Modern conservatives don’t seem to care about exercising state power on some issues (too many to ask liberals), but when it comes to making money, most conservatives are governments. I hope it gets out of the way as much as possible.
“Texas are more and more indignant …” If the first person to hear the anger in question is from someone who has an election office or is running for election office, take a step back and take a deep breath. Most Texas people are pretty good at dealing with indignation, without politicians telling them that they should be indignation.
If the highway you commute to is too narrow or devastated, you may be saying that the elected civil servant is responsible. He or she isn’t telling you. The same is true for the quality of children’s schools and the sludge that slides from a local construction site into a stream that runs through a nearby park.
In short, it’s best to convey true anger from bottom to top, not from above.
“Let’s donate!” In emails from politicians, in most cases there is always an urgent message on top of that link before actually seeing that link that comes with a preset amount. If it’s from a Republican, it warns that Joe Biden or Nancy Pelosi is so close to robbing you of everything you care about. If it’s from a Democrat, no matter who the Republican opposition is, it’s actually a vehicle desperately trying to bring Donald Trump back into power.
This does not mean that you should not donate or make a candidate believe. That is absolutely your right. And those you disagree with are absolutely giving money to their side.
But it’s fair to point out that giving money to politicians is like feeding a lost child in the neighborhood. They always come back for more. And then more. People who donate to the campaign are never lonely, or at least their mailboxes (emails and snails) are never empty.
So let’s start the campaign in earnest. Primary election submissions will end on December 13. And remember that that part of the fate of democracy in our hands is true.
John C. Moritz is responsible for Texas Government and Politics at the USA Today Network in Austin. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter @JohnnieMo..
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