Karv and Todd,
The inspirational Reagan post was the end of Part One of the Encyclicals. Before we enter Part Two, the battlefields, I want to tell you about a trip I took today.
Living in Los Angeles, and being a fan of the movie Southland Tales, the Venice boardwalk is an interesting place to end up. Other then the Fairfax Farmer's market, this is a great people watching place.
It is cacophonous, musicians of all types play, artists of all types make and sell stuff and finally make a wrong turn and you never know what you can find. Walking the boardwalk, you see some of the prettiest women. It is an interesting scene. Other then noticing the women and the artists, what else did I notice?
Last year, on the same Boardwalk, Democrats always had booths. It was a Presidential election year, but where were our booths? The Venice Boardwalk, beach and neighborhoods should not be exempt from what we are trying to do. While I was walking, I figured out how to win, even here.
Hopefully, every elected official, campaign staffer, ADC member and PC will take this time during the summer of 2009 and work on this project in their areas:
Find out where we get the least Conservative and Republican votes in your area, and figure out how to crack it. How to do that? Well, that's what these next posts, the battlefields are about. The Cycles will be broken up this way:
1 (and possibly 2) : The Ground of the current battlefield -- How it is NOW.
2 (or 3): What the PC's, ADC's and County parties can do.
3 (or 4): How other people within the party (Bloggers, communicators, etc. et. al) can help.
4 (or 5): The Political attack on the battlefield
5 (or 6): How to keep the Battlefield through Governing.
Some parts might not be needed, but this is the map for Part Two. Later, we will return to the Venice Boardwalk, but we have miles to go before we get there. However, if someone has an idea how to crack Venice, this is the place to talk about it. Lunch is on me at the Sidewalk Cafe if I hear the right answer before the Encyclicals return to the Boardwalk.
Before we go into the battlefields, remember what Sean Connery as Malone said in the Untouchables, as we get down to fighting:
Malone: You said you wanted to get Capone. Do you really wanna get him? You see what I'm saying is, what are you prepared to do?
Ness: Anything and everything in my power.
Malone: And *then* what are you prepared to do? If you open the can on these worms you must be prepared to go all the way because they're not gonna give up the fight until one of you is dead.
Ness: How do you do it then?
Malone: You wanna know how you do it? Here's how, they pull a knife, you pull a gun. He sends one of yours to the hospital, you send one of his to the morgue. That's the Chicago way, and that's how you get Capone! Now do you want to do that? Are you ready to do that?
Ness: I have sworn to capture this man with all legal powers at my disposal and I will do so.
Malone: Well, the Lord hates a coward. Do you know what a blood oath is, Mr. Ness?
Malone: Good, 'cause you just took one
The battlefields await.