A couple of folks recently expressed interest in my experience in online conservative political forums. The comment I often hear from people is, “How do you know so much about politics?” I always find this to be a funny question because I really don’t know much about politics, at least not the way they’re thinking about it. What I know a lot about is values and how to talk to people about values. I know how to make powerful moral arguments. The reason I do this is because social media is powerful. If you don’t believe me, just look at how it was used to influence the last election. It’s not hard to develop powerful social media skills, but it takes thinking about things a little differently. And it takes practice, too. To help, I thought I’d break down a recent example.
Now that Trump budget director Mick Mulvaney has become Donald Trump's next sacrificial chief of staff, a job he wanted very very badly to get, according to Politico, the obvious question is whether Mulvaney will run afoul of Trump's ego in the manner that former chiefs Reince Priebus and John Kelly so quickly did. Will he attempt to rein in Trump's worst impulses? Will he try his best to pressure Trump into not wasting his days away watching Fox & Friends or shouting at clouds? Will he try to limit the number of weird Trump friends and family members who can call him up or waltz into the Oval Office and suggest, to Donald, yet another new grift or bizarre rewrite of the nation's governing policies? The answer appears to be no, no, and definitely absolutely no. According to Politico's sources, Mulvaney's plan is instead to oblige Trump's need for constant attention by sending him out onto one long, unending road trip of shouting hell. White House aides say he is unlikely to attempt to reform the president’s habits of spending much of his time watching television and tweeting, or to curtail the influence of Trump’s daughter and son-in-law, Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, on the policymaking process. Instead, Mulvaney is expected to get Trump on the road as much as possible heading into his reelection campaign, capitalizing on the president’s love of campaign rallies while trying to sprinkle into the events as much policy talk on taxes and regulation as he can. Willingly inflicting more Donald Trump on the nation at this point is something close to a war crime, but Mulvaney has long been one of the more eager, cough, obligers of the Trumpian ego. For the record, the odds of this rapidly descending into chaos are extremely high. Granted, John Kelly has hardly been doing a damn thing of late (previous reporting suggested that, after too many battles with Trump, Kelly began to largely phone in his job, instead sitting back and watching as the room burned down around him) but a chief of staff coming to the job with an explicit plan of letting Donald stew in his own juices, grind up his little pills and sniff his way to the next elections? Goodie.
During his knock-down, drag-out confrontation with soon-to-be House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer this week over the need for the construction of a border wall, Donald Trump made many false and questionable statements. But he seemed to feel this one was the strongest of his claims: Trump: “If you look at San Diego, illegal traffic dropped 92 percent once the wall was up, El Paso, illegal traffic dropped 72 percent, then ultimately 95 percent once the wall was up. In Tucson, Arizona, illegal traffic dropped 92 percent. Yuma, it dropped illegal traffic 95 to 96 percent. He thought he really had a zinger there, as he kept going back to it over and over. Politifact wasn’t able to track down exactly what he was referring to, since pretty much none of “his” wall has actually been built. However, there is already 700 miles of fencing along the border, which began to be built under President Clinton and was then expanded considerably under President George W. Bush. It’s possible that this was what Trump was talking about, but then again it’s also likely that he’s just parroting a bunch of questionable numbers from InfoWars and he has no idea what any of it really means. If he meant the existing fence, some of his numbers may have been in the correct neighborhood of a ballpark, but correlation is not always causality.
As its title suggests, this post focuses on some revolting developments perpetrated by the Republican Party in a number of states. But let’s start with something positive. The other day I was feeling pretty good while reading an article about newly elected progressive district attorneys who are reforming criminal justice practices down at the local level. They are working hard in places ranging from Brooklyn to Philadelphia to Kansas City to multiple large cities in Texas, and are counteracting the worst effects of our mass incarceration policies. The article’s authors are Emily Bazelon, journalist and senior research fellow at Yale Law School, and Miriam Krinsky, executive director of Fair and Just Prosecution, an organization that “brings together newly-elected local prosecutors as part of a network of leaders committed to promoting a justice system grounded in fairness, equity, compassion, and fiscal responsibility.” Bazelon and Krinsky cited a number of steps these reform-minded prosecutors have taken, and laid out a list of ideas that, taken together, provide a blueprint for progressive prosecutors going forward. The full document is here (it is well worth a read), and the two offered a summary in the article: Our recommendations begin with the premise that the level of punishment in the United States is neither necessary for public safety nor a pragmatic use of resources. Prosecutors can address this first by routing some low-level offenses out of the criminal justice system at the start. For the cases that remain, they can help make incarceration the exception and diverting people from prison the rule...Finally, prosecutors should recognize that lengthy mandatory sentences can be wasteful, since most people age out of the period when they’re likely to reoffend, and also don’t allow for the human capacity to change. As prosecutors know, locking people up makes them more prone to committing offenses in the future. They can lose their earning capacity and housing, leaving them worse off, often to the point of desperation. And so the community is often better served by interventions like drug or mental-health treatment, or by restorative justice approaches, in which a person who has caused harm makes amends to the victim. In some cases, the best response is to do nothing. There’s a lot of good stuff here. We’re talking about taking positive steps on an issue of vital importance. And maybe, just maybe, there will also be some more positive, if incomplete, steps taken at the federal level as well, as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has finally announced that a bill to change sentencing practices will get a vote this month. The bill is likely to pass and become law. It actually has Trump’s support, and this analysis explains why that’s the case (short answer: he thinks it will help the economy). Taken all together, making our criminal justice system more just, not to mention more effective, appears to be on the horizon. Then I remembered what’s happening in Wisconsin and Michigan.
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