Many of us, myself often the worst of all, get so upset by the latest self-destructive insanity of Trump and all the greed-heads hiding behind his fat rosy facade, that we go on long-winded tirades that very few folks who actually need to understand ever even hear, much less remember and act on. So all our self-rigeous, intellectually brilliant rantings and even talk show ratings have no net effect on anything, other then perhaps our own blood pressure.

If we are going to actually fight this oligarch coup, we need a clearing house for simple, bumper sticker length memes that everyone will understand, remember and then act on when it comes time to vote.

Think of it this way, the long heartfelt discussions and analysis we participate in are like the efforts of firemen working heroically to put out all the flames from the latest conflagration set by a gang of arsonists. Absolutely necessary work in the short term, but, until they are stopped, this gang of arsonists is still setting everyone's daily agenda and driving events. The only way we can ever actually win is to directly prevent the arsonists from setting fires in the first place. Specifically, in the case of voter suppression, gerrymandering, splitting and caging, and direct manipulation of vote counts, how do we in a few words make the integrity of our voting system "fire proof?"

With this challenge in mind and to get the ball rolling, consider my first effort to summarize and directly invalidate all efforts at voter suppression and manipulation in a bumper sticker sized quote:

"Voter Suppression is Tyrany"

I suggest the Tom Hartman Show would be a great place to locate and drive the continuous development of effective Progressive memes. Tom and his team could pick out the five or 10 top issues, like Single Payer Health Care, Voter Suppression, Climate Chaos, Promised Blue Collar Jobs, etc. and then crowdsource from his listeners the next improvements. The rules would simply be listeners either promote the most powerful sound bite so far, or suggest something better. Weekly prizes and celebrations on Friday for the best contributions? Maybe a full 10 minute discussion with Tom as the prize?

I nominate the Tom Hartman Show to be meme central for the Progressive Revolution and his website to the armory of an every improving inventory of Progressive Political weapons.


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Alberto Ceras 2 6 days 20 hours ago

Number One of the top 10? Stop the u.S.'s killing and destruction. I understand your good intentions, ronsears, but an Iraqui or Syrian or Yemeni mother, holding the shatterred and lifeless remains of her child, isn't likely to concern herself with single pay. Nor should anyone in the u.S. until the u.S.'s wanton killing stops.

As for dollars that might have been used wisely (for health care, etc.) but weren't, there's this for instance;

Fifty-nine tomahawk missiles launched from an aircraft carrier hit their target. At $1.59 million a piece, the attack cost the Defense Department $93,810,000.

There is no evidence that the Syrian government - or any other entity - used Sarin gas, Trump's supposed justification for launching the missles..

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stephensolomita 6 days 17 hours ago

I like the idea, but first we must define the target. Which Republican voters do we hope to turn? It's no good to say, All of them. The Trump Democrats, who used to be Reagan Democrats, and still earlier, Wallace Democrats, will not be persuaded to return. They won't come back until they're driven back by some Republican atrocity. The country-club Republicans, on the other hand, might be persuadable.

ronsears 6 days 14 hours ago

Thanks for your comments and suggestions. Remember this is all about owning "mind share" for Progressive values and the rules are very simple:

Dream up effective bumper sticker length memes that everyone will:

1) Understand,

2) Remember, and

3) Act on when it comes time to vote.

4) If you have a criticism, suggest a better meme.

The best memes will by definition have an impact on a wide range of targets. Also, regards the outrageously cruel "collateral damage" of our drone attacks, how about a meme on that topic that no one will forget?

The list now includes:

"Voter Suppression is Tyrany"

"Greed Kills"

"Who Decided To Call Murdered Children Collateral Damage?"


"No Investments in People, No Economy"


Please make this list better. If our cause is so logically and morally correct and we are all so damn smart, we ought to be able to use truth and morality to beat the purveyors of ignorance at their own game.

Tom Hartman, what do you think? Will you set up a section of your website to house an inventory of every improving Political Memes as weapons in our fight for Progressive values? How about a Friday review and celebration of the week's best? Non-profit T-Shirts and bumper sticker sales as feed-back investments in publicizing the memes? How about we call this effort "Mind Share for The Truth."

rs allen 4 days 21 hours ago

American neoliberal slogan in bumper sticker size;

Yippee ki yah motherf' lead

rs allen 4 days 20 hours ago

Too funny;

post racial- We're all on the plantation now.

What the hell do you know about plantations ronsears? What makes you think we are in some post racial society or culture? You must live in a different country than I do.

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Alberto Ceras 2 4 days 12 hours ago


Yemeni lives matter.

Iraqui lives matter.

Syrian lives matter.

Palestinian lives matter.

Trump’s lies matter.

Hillary’s lies matter.

Politicians’ lies matter.

You got him, you deserve him.


No, Trump isn’t to blame. He’s just carrying on the tradition. Read this for inspiration:

JULY 14, 2017

Yemen: The War That Isn’t Happening Even as It’s Happening



A child dies in Yemen every ten minutes from preventable causes, UNICEF reported in June.

Last week, while so many of the world's children starve, the u.S. celebrated the annual hot dog eating contest. Is it possible the u.S. could send some hot dogs to Yemen's children?

In the main event, Joey Chestnut won his record 10th championship by eating 72 hot dogs, a Nathan's contest record. Miki Sudo defended her women's title, capturing her fourth straight belt, with 41 hot dogs.

ESPN was at Coney Island for all the festivities, capturing all the sights and sounds from the Independence Day tradition.

ronsears 2 days 9 hours ago

Thank-you for the new memes and suggestions. I will list them all together with some other new additions below. But first responses to two somewhat negative suggestions.

To address rs allen's comment, "What the hell do you know about plantations" I want to make three points:

One, my apologies if the irony and suggested unity I intended with this initial draft did not register with you. This is good feedback that the intended message needs to be less subtle. See the revised meme below. Here is the intended meaning spelled out. The scariest thing imaginable for plutocrats is a truly united opposition, and I think a powerful unifying argument is that the vast majority of Americans are now being turned into life-long financial slaves. Racism, prejudice (Calvinism) against anyone "god doesn't hold worthy of great riches" and enforced financial inequality are tightly intertwined aspects of the evil more and more Americans are now facing together, and if we are going to have any hope of fighting back, we all need to be united in our opposition.

Two, attacking someone on your side is hardly a good way to change the world. If you are serious about changing a horribly ingrained problem like the closely intertwined evils of prejudice and financial inequality, you need the largest number of people on your side as possible. Far too many social movements in the US have been undermined by purity tests in the past. In fact, it is a classic oppositional dirty trick. Ever wonder why Bernie Sanders' lifelong history of fighting racial inequality was undermined early on in his presidential campaign? Combined with his economic inequality message, it is dangerously effective in uniting large blocks of voters. You might also recall that MLK's last speaches before his assasination emphasized financial inequality.

Third, I was raised in Maryland in the 1950's, a North-South State where the ugliest aspects of racial prejudice were openly on display and in sharp contrast to exactly the opposite strongly held beliefs in equality. From my family history and stories going back to the 1850's (real plantations and practices so offensive, no one today dares to even put them down in words), from my direct experience and even a few direct actions, I actually do know a bit of the history of life on the plantation and prejudice in our nation. This history was everywhere around me as a kid. For example, after the Ingleside Mansion burnt down in 1953 and was abandoned, we used to sneak through the woods and "read" the wordless history recorded in charcoal drawings on every square inch of every wall of the servant's quarters showing decades of abuse of black servants long after the supposed end of slavery.

So, rs allen, be a little more cautious when making assumptions about the life experience of someone you know nothing about. Also, if you want to play by the rules I suggested, the thing to do here is come up with a better meme.

Regarding Alberto Ceras 2's suggestions, please be advised that any "***** Lives Matter" statements will divide, not unify Progressives. This kind of meme has unfortunately been used by too many right wing trolls intent on causing divisions within the Progressive Movement. It implies exactly the opposite of what the efforts here are all about. Try again with a bit more sensitivity.

Now back to the business of claiming mind share for Progressive causes. Today (7-17-17) on Tom's show he discussed with a caller simple but highly effective visualizations to lock in Progressive memes. For example, a picture of a graveyard labeled "Republican Health Care." It is interesting that when Progressives create such emotional appeals, they are much closer to the truth and therefore hit much harder than the contorted logic required to defend an oligarch's illogical and selfish goals. In any case, to make the following suggestions more useful, I have now added in descriptions of potential visualizations or short videos to go along with each of the draft memes.

MIND SHARE FOR THE TRUTH - An Inventory of Progressive Memes

"Yemen: The War That Isn’t Happening Even as It’s Happening"
(Pictures of destruction and family clothing mixed in rubble with USA on bomb fragment)

"Murdered Children will Never be Collateral Damage"
(Shadow of drone over empty playground equipment somewhere in Afghanistan)

"Voter Suppression is Tyranny"
(Ballots labeled "Provisional" being fed into a shredder by Kris Kobach)

"Greed Kills"
(Grave crosses covered in dollar bills and labeled Health Care, Opioid Profits, Soldier, etc.)

"A Lifetime of Debt is Slavery" (old "Post Racial - WE'RE ALL ON THE PLANTATION NOW")
(Picture of seniors with bills for their student loan debt, 24% credit card interest rates, ridiculous monthly healthcare bill, and 2 years left on their 30 year mortgage - race of seniors is ambiguous - could be white, black, or hispanic)

"No Investments in People, No Economy"
(Triple Frame:
Left Frame - Everyday couple telling reporter they have no money to spend Middle Frame - Business Executive complaining to reporter that sales are down and he
can not find qualified job applicants and sales are down Right Frame - Same Executive demanding tax reductions or he will close his factory)

"Your Money or Your Life is Not a Health Care Plan"
(Picture of Insurance Policy cut into shape of gun and pointed at kids and elderly)

"Vote Like Your Life Depends on It - It Does"
(Picture of a voter suspended over a pit of alligators by a single rope labeled "votes" - Alligators are named Health Care, Financial Fraud, Environmental Destruction, Discrimination, Network Neutrality, etc.)

"..... (your contribution goes here)"

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DdC 2 days 3 hours ago

Redneck Revolt:
The Armed Leftwing Group That Wants to Stamp out Fascism

ronsears 1 day 18 hours ago

Ddc, what part of Progressive Memes don't you get? I am talking about changing the minds of voters with the truth as pointed out with WORDS! Please take your guns and implied threats of violence and go away. I strongly recommend no one following this discussion click on the links you provide. No one should allow their internet history to be associated with anyone advocating violence.

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Alberto Ceras 2 1 day 16 hours ago
Quote ronsears:

Regarding Alberto Ceras 2's suggestions, please be advised that any "***** Lives Matter" statements will divide, not unify Progressives. This kind of meme has unfortunately been used by too many right wing trolls intent on causing divisions within the Progressive Movement. It implies exactly the opposite of what the efforts here are all about. Try again with a bit more sensitivity.

Ron, you're the first and only person ever to suggest or imply that I should be more sensitive. I'm heartily offended by anyone who presumes to recommend that I "be advised".

These statements will NOT divide true progressives, rather they will weed out the weak and unify the strong. Anyone opposed to any one of them, just as anyone opposed to the wonderful slogan "Black Lives Matter", is not a progressive:

Yemeni lives matter.

Iraqui lives matter.

Syrian lives matter.

Palestinian lives matter.

Trump’s lies matter.

Hillary’s lies matter.

Politicians’ lies matter.

You got him, you deserve him.

I wish you success in your effort.

ronsears 1 day 13 hours ago

Alberto Ceras 2 - Thanks for wishing me success, but I still believe "Black Lives Matter" is best left for to its original use. Please consider some history here.

The Black Lives Matter movement has publically expressed their extreme irritation that anyone would dare dilute their message, given the incredible importance of their goal to stop the seemingly endless string of innocent young black men shot dead by police officers who themselves continue to go almost completely unpunished. It would be insensitive to not sympathize with their anger over anything that distracts from their core message. Unfortunately their righteous anger is being exploited to weaken their movement and the unity of the Progressive Movement overall. Right now in Columbus Ohio for example, accusations of such insensitivity to the Black Lives Matter movement are being used to disrupt the LGBTQ community.

I been around a while and believe it is way too convenient when such self-defeating controversies suddenly pop up to disrupt an evolving political movement. Such dirty tricks were used in the 1960's and they are being used now. Remember the Black LIves Movement takeover of one of Bernie Sanders' early rallys? That media image painted Bernie as somehow unsympathetic to civil rights in the minds of many voters just getting to know him. His actual civil rights credentials combined with his positions on economic inequality were too dangerous to the established political candidates at that time. Do you think that what happened was a spontaneous accident? I believe the Black LIves Matter folks were used here as pawns.

You should also consider the end result if you start substituting every injured party you can think of for "Black". You inevitably end up at "All Lives Matter" which is exactly the statement used by opponents of the Black Lives Matter movement. You dillute the Black Lives Matter Movement at the same time you bring to mind their opponent's slogan. That's not a good outcome.

Effective memes also are new and surprising and unique to both gain attention and be memorable. Why reuse something that already has various meaning attached to it? It is established with other meanings you can not control or change.

It is also obvious no one is going to see progress on any Progressive issue, including poiice shootings, until we take back out country politically, and that requires votes from everyone, not just the "true" progressives left over when all the "weak" have been "weeded out". Our political opponents know this.

In any case, while using variations of "****** Lives Matter" may feel right for some, it's a meme that can blow up in your face with many other individuals, and it opens you up to manipulations by right wing trolls. So, practically, I suggest it is unwise to use any variation that brings it to mind.

"Black Lives Matter" is best honored by leaving it to serve its original purpose.

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DdC 1 day 3 hours ago
Quote ronsears:

DdC, what part of bla bla bla ... No one should allow their internet history to be associated with anyone advocating violence.

You advocate violence cowardly hiding from violent people and wealthy people buying puppet politicians. When you're not leaping to conclusions, profiling and spewing ignorance on Progressives. Hilary is a Neocon ronette. I only found the article at the progressive website yesterday chump. Stop judging people like a republican or be prepared to be told to fuck off.

Quote ronsears:bla bla bla am I a DNC PC you ask?

Nope, I certainly hope not. I passed a link that is taking a stand against the gun toting alt right. Not just whining like so called progressives in the democrat party. I have no affiliation with these blue collar workers, but I don't fear them or their guns either. I was raised with guns and have no problem as my post and anyone can support. You are a whiner and a blamer and obviously miss the entire point of free speech by praying for censorship. A very lost cause if you think I am going anywhere newbie. Is that Sears and Robuck you align with? Too many politically correct Clinton neocons have their way with saps like you. The same as the Teabaggers jumping in line to follow Trump. Pitiful. So take a stand wimp.

Clinton Asks Supreme Court To Overturn MMJ Ruling - 07/30/00

Pretty violent Proggy...

The NRA is the problem. Profiteers buying legislation. Not Yankee blue collars misnomering themselves rednecks. I was raised with the same people as in movie the Deer Hunter. I am against stupid laws, including giving civilians the right to have military weapons. I am against ALEC profit prisons max cap contracts putting the poor in cages for more taxes and profits on even more people of color. Or politically incorrect. Hilaries blind lapdogs no different on both sides of the same coin, thats a problem.

Heston died, NRA's Mandatory Minimum Didn't
Tell the NRA: ENOUGH!
NRA Slavery: Another Fine Product Still Made in the USA

Take a stand for the American people dude, not just your elitist click of DNC whiners. Hilary cheated the same as Drumpf. Bernie would have won the undecided who knew the truth of the Clintons. Whiners taking up media space and whiners afraid of upsetting GOPerverts or be seen as crude or crass. I've posted more on solving our problems than anyone I've seen here chump. Ending the drug war and overturning the bogus Nixon's Controlled Subsastance Act. That naive twits and gullible lemmings like you follow for half a century. Cowards watching poor and people of color go to long term NRA bought mandatory minimum sentencing. While you whined about what, funding abortions or maybe global warming or GMO's? Been there, done that.

Here's a bumper sticker dude/
Cannabis Food, Fuel, Fiber, FARMaceuticals.

Help Stop the Monsanto Protection Act

Don't you realize your whining only gets them drunk with glee? Being polite and cowardly passive is no way to win a fight against blind ignorance. They vote in blocks, not individually. No thinking required. You PC isolationists are the xenophobes it seems. No room for heated arguments, compromise on insantiy like Incremental cannabis laws with a bogus Nixon lie as the root of the scam gullible politicians and Joe Biden lies and cheating to pass bills that kill kids outlawing test kits.

Biden rave United Nations Drug Report Disappointing

Clinton bastardized Johnson's Higher Education Act so any kid, especially high numbers of black and Latino kids ever busted for any drug is banned for life from college tuition assistance. What the Act was designed to assist. Chump.

A Lie College Students Might Want To Tell (Souder Thread)

Make room for more don't ask don't tell compromises that will need overturned a decade later wasting more time and resources pissing off GOPers. Assuring Sodomites have the right to be what they wish or are born to be. When I have known gays since 71 and have never had a problem with them or have I ever heard of SWAT teams busting down their doors for what goes on privately. Like Polio patients using Ganja you turned your back on for decades, or your parents did. No forfeitures of homes and cars and bank accounts with forfeiture laws that don't harm gays.

Clinton Quiet About Own Radical Ties - 02/01/11 12:10:56

Some gays are harmed and we have hate crimes because of it, but for stoners the Congress spews hate and draconian state prisons are hate crimes that politically correct whiners seldom have time for. I've been a fan of Angela Davis since the May Day Demonstrations handed me a leaflet saying to set her free. Met her in Santa Cruz where I have lived since 1990, not exactly a back water swamp town crybaby.

Louisiana Dungeons are anti-American, anti-Humanity.

Organ transplants denied, Where are the whiners?
The Heartlessness of Dying for Prohibition

Even less time for the mainstream media to report actual reality about the hundreds of prohibitionist groups getting tax paid pell grant to spew just say no gossip. btw wimpy, I just ended a thread on the 2nd amendment not protecting peoples privilege of owning a gun. No one sees the comma. Maybe you should read more posts before running that mouth full of whiny pixels all over the place.

Egregious and Well-Chronicled Abuses of Civil Asset Forfeiture

Feds Admit Marijuana May Treat Opiate Crisis

Ignorant Jeff: Excluding National Commission Forensic Science

Not spraying poison round up at 5x the reg strength on Colombian kids because Al Gore owns oil under Native burial grounds.

Toxic Drift: Monsanto and the Drug War in Colombia - 08/06/01
Cannabis Shrinks Tumors: Government Knew in 74 - 06/09/00
Gore’s Oil Money

Or how about the Indians trying to grow Ganja and sovereignty out the window. Or Slick Willie trying to rehash thalidomide as anything alternative to Ganja for gays wasting syndrome from AIDS. I was getting patients pot in the 80's, what were you doing in diapers? Or since except donating to Klenex tissues for your tears probably made by Kochs You don't want fossil fools and can't understand why people making a paycheck don't just go hungry and homeless in protest. You give no alternative outside of anything Cannabis, same as Clinton and Gore. So fuck your so called progressive neocon DNC whimp jam and the donkey you rode in on. I'm an American, not a political party lapdog. Love it or Leave it they used to tell me at the Nam war protests before you were even an end result of drunken orgy. Grow up kid.

Or Abortions. Anther subject the left whines about and cries foul over and over and pleads with insane people to not cut funds. When as I've shown, most of the abortions are by the Pro Life My Ass movemnt that PP doesn't want to confront. Pesticide abortions on cotton crops when Hemp is organic.

Pro Life? Not even anti abortionists...
☛Wall Street's Spontaneous Abortionists
☛GOPerversion, another Prohibition! On Women...

Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will. Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have found out the exact measure of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them, and these will continue till they are resisted with either words or blows, or with both. The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress.
— Frederick Douglass

High on Hemp
Hemplastic or Fossil Fools Crud
Starving Babies and Illegal Food

Policing for Profit
Money Grubbing Dung Worriers
Got SqWAT?
Forfeiture $quads

Drug Worriers preferred methods of treatment…
FDA, a subsidiary of Fat Pharma
Nixon lied to schedule Ganja #1
Nixon's Drug War - Re-Inventing Jim Crow,
Targeting The Counter Culture

Y'all Come Back Now, Chahear?

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Alberto Ceras 2 21 hours 21 min ago

ronsears, when you "dis" people such as DdC you are making a huge mistake.

And you mistake my purpose in suggesting "Yemeni lives matter" and others. Me firsters, the I, I, I, me, me, me people, need a hard, wake-up kick in the ass. Others very real and horrific suffering just might be as - perhaps more - important and far more immediate.

As for Bernie, he is a self-serving career politician (as far as I can determine he has had only one very brief job outside politics during his entire life) who could have done some good but opted to support Hillary in hopes of a cushty job under her administration.

Bumper strickers may make the stickerer feel better but they won't get the tough job(s) done. MLK knew what it took - and still takes - to effect significant change. "I only regret...", in the streets, that sort of thing.

You want bumper stickers, catchy, memorable slogans? There are lots of bumper stickers for sale, cheap, with fine, short slogans. Some sources:

Open this, then click on a few of the categories to the left of the page:

There are 38 pages of "b" stickers for sale here:

and ebay sells a lot of them:

or Amazon:

and here's one more, but there are others:

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