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2017 and Beyond
November 22, 2016
This blog makes recommendations to the Democratic Party of stratagems for 2017 and beyond based on legislative realities -- specifically those resulting from the presidential election of 2016.
We begin with an elementary Venn Diagram. Figure 1 depicts the political situation prior to the election, with the Democrats in the minority of both the Senate and the House of Representatives. The interior of each area represents the various topics or issues which the respective political party favors approval of legislation pertaining to them -- not the numbers of people holding those positions or the degree of legislative support. Accordingly the exterior of a given area represents topics or issues which the respective political party opposes legislation pertaining to them. One observes that before the election, the two parties were highly polarized, evidencing agreement about few issues and topics. Moreover, it is well known that since 2010 the Republicans in the majority have deliberately rejected or blocked legislation favored by Democrats for nearly all topics and issues -- to the point of being labeled 'obstructionist' for preventing vital legislative actions by the U.S. government.
Figure 2 depicts the political situation during the presidential campaign. Whereas Trump ran as a Republican in 2016, his campaign rhetoric was not completely congruent with the views of the Republican Party. Indeed, anti-Trump sentiments prevailed within the Republican Party throughout the election. Thus one observes in the Venn Diagram the appearance of an area in which the Republican party disagreed with Trump. Of course, the Democratic Party disagreed with much of the Trump rhetoric, but we will see that it is important to consider the areas in the Trump campaign rhetoric with which the Democratic Party actually agreed.
Figure 3 assigns names to each of the areas in the Venn Diagram and describes in the abstract how topics and issues were regarded by the two political parties and by Donald J. Trump.
Figure 4 provides specific issues to exemplify each of the areas in the Venn Diagram. Nota bene, this is a snapshot, inasmuch as the Trump rhetoric was characterized by many changes during the campaign.
One must expect many more changes to take place before the inauguration -- and beyond. Figure 5 recommends distinct stratagems as appropriate for each of the areas in the Venn Diagram.
Emphasis is given in Figure 5 to the Populist Proposals, which deserve to be given priority, since they address the urgent needs of American citizens and just happen to have the support of the new POTUS.
ésolution de Paul Niquette pour 2016
Essayant de changer le monde, une idée à la fois.
Trying to change the world, one idea at a time.