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"Let's Talk About THE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM!"

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Last week here, at http://www.opednews.com/articles/I-Am-Running-for-Congress-by-Andrew-Schmookler-110421-986.html, I announced my two-part campaign to try to change the destructive political dynamic in this country.  One part is an electoral campaign for the congressional seat in the 6th District of Virginia, where I live, and the other part is an effort to try to take my message national.  My message --encapsulated in the slogan "Let's Talk About THE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM!"-- I described as being "not only a call to battle, [but] also the weapon of choice against this destructive force, and a strategy for victory in that battle."  And I there gave a very quick overview of the idea about "The Elephant in the Room" of today's American political system, and of why talking about the two-fold problem --the elephant, and the failure to confront it-- can be key to solving that problem.

Here I will expand a bit on that previous, brief explication.  (In my next posting here, I will expand further --in an essay, or "speech," of about 2500 words.)  These are the essential components:

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-          America now faces one of the gravest crises in the history of the nation.

-          In the American political realm, a battle now that must be fought if we are to meet this historical challenge successfully.

-          The way to fight and win this battle is by talking about "The Elephant in the Room."

-          The idea of "the elephant in the room" identifies two problems:   the elephant, and the fact that people act and talk as if it were not there.

-          The "elephant" in our American room is the unprecedentedly destructive force that has arisen on the political right.

-          We can see how this "elephant" is damaging everything in America that it touches.

-          Taking power away from this destructive force is Job One for us Americans, because until that job is done, none of our other jobs can get done right.

-          In a democracy, the only way a force like this can gain power is by deceiving the people about its true nature.

-          The way to defeat this destructive force, therefore, is to expose it for what it really is so that, discredited in the eyes of the American people, it loses its support.

-          Yet both the national media, and our national Democratic leaders, act as if these are normal times in American politics, refusing to confront this unprecedented force.

-          Both sides of our political divide have their defects, but they are complementary, not symmetrical:   one insists on making a fight of everything, even when there's no need, while the other shrinks from the fight, even when it is absolutely necessary.

-          Meanwhile, the battle goes badly--lies continue to be rewarded, power continues to go to the force that has taken over the Republican Party, the nation's good structures continue to be degraded, and the power and wealth continue to flow from the American people to the already very rich and powerful.

-          If it's clear that the force to turn things around will not come from the players at the center stage, that leaves one possible source in the American body politic: a rising up of the American people.

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Andy Schmookler, an award-winning author, political commentator, radio talk-show host, and teacher, was the Democratic nominee for Congress from Virginia's 6th District. He is the author of various books including The Parable of the Tribes: The (more...)
 
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that the elephant is strictly republican. Have yo... by Rob Kall on Monday, Apr 25, 2011 at 8:15:04 PM
The connection is the point I make --in the longer... by Andrew Schmookler on Monday, Apr 25, 2011 at 8:30:33 PM
Elephant in room: You can't win, there are very fe... by Dale Snyder on Monday, Apr 25, 2011 at 8:46:15 PM
When bipolars are manic, they BELIEVE they are all... by Rob Kall on Tuesday, Apr 26, 2011 at 10:57:13 AM
Bob, with all due respect, WTF was that?The seemin... by Dale Snyder on Tuesday, Apr 26, 2011 at 12:11:42 PM
One good thing Ken do you notice that many of the ... by Jack Heart on Monday, Apr 25, 2011 at 10:36:44 PM
... you glossed over it.The elephant in the room i... by PCM on Tuesday, Apr 26, 2011 at 9:54:21 AM
I would describe the Elephant as "the Republican P... by Andrew Schmookler on Tuesday, Apr 26, 2011 at 11:27:30 AM
You speak of not looking at just one part of the p... by arlen custer on Tuesday, Apr 26, 2011 at 12:28:23 PM
I believe I am pretty well aware of the threads of... by Andrew Schmookler on Tuesday, Apr 26, 2011 at 12:40:37 PM
Clearly things are coming to a head. The end resul... by arlen custer on Tuesday, Apr 26, 2011 at 4:59:55 PM
"If you believe we can work through this system to... by Andrew Schmookler on Tuesday, Apr 26, 2011 at 6:52:23 PM
To be sure the constitution has some good and valu... by arlen custer on Tuesday, Apr 26, 2011 at 8:15:05 PM
"These and many many more are ideas that have been... by Andrew Schmookler on Tuesday, Apr 26, 2011 at 9:15:48 PM
I contend that capitalism has been around for thou... by arlen custer on Wednesday, Apr 27, 2011 at 9:01:24 AM
"The ideas and phylosophy of gaining over others i... by Andrew Schmookler on Wednesday, Apr 27, 2011 at 9:18:14 AM
you all live in isn't it. I guess that a child sta... by arlen custer on Wednesday, Apr 27, 2011 at 11:12:12 AM
You say that we used to be deeper into fascism, ba... by Andrew Schmookler on Tuesday, Apr 26, 2011 at 6:58:32 PM
only gave in as much as it needed to in order to a... by arlen custer on Tuesday, Apr 26, 2011 at 8:36:52 PM
The Civil Rights Acts and Voting Rights Act were a... by PCM on Tuesday, Apr 26, 2011 at 1:07:37 PM
PCM is quite right: there have been times when th... by Andrew Schmookler on Tuesday, Apr 26, 2011 at 1:30:16 PM
I agree, people who believe that this era of polit... by Dale Snyder on Tuesday, Apr 26, 2011 at 1:59:55 PM
The Tea Partiers live in a world in which Barack O... by Andrew Schmookler on Tuesday, Apr 26, 2011 at 2:06:13 PM
"The Tea Partiers live in a world in which Barack ... by Dale Snyder on Tuesday, Apr 26, 2011 at 3:50:08 PM
I realize that it is challenging, trying to conver... by Andrew Schmookler on Tuesday, Apr 26, 2011 at 4:13:47 PM
Andrew I apologize for the disparagement. I should... by Dale Snyder on Wednesday, Apr 27, 2011 at 11:16:07 AM
Your characterization of my position seems fundame... by Andrew Schmookler on Wednesday, Apr 27, 2011 at 11:58:51 AM
You said "You think I seek to divide people. On th... by Dale Snyder on Wednesday, Apr 27, 2011 at 2:18:37 PM
You said "Second, you think that I blame it all on... by Dale Snyder on Wednesday, Apr 27, 2011 at 2:22:30 PM
"If this isn't dividing and alienating people, I d... by Andrew Schmookler on Wednesday, Apr 27, 2011 at 3:09:34 PM
Andrew you are backtracking BIG TIMEYou say in you... by Dale Snyder on Wednesday, Apr 27, 2011 at 4:34:57 PM
"However you are plain and simply out of your mind... by Andrew Schmookler on Wednesday, Apr 27, 2011 at 10:35:05 PM
' We rely on users to police themselves, and flag ... by Katrin R. on Wednesday, Apr 27, 2011 at 12:24:17 PM
I thought it was a comment to Andy's article, a p... by Katrin R. on Sunday, May 1, 2011 at 9:16:38 PM