Jim Thompson
Jim Thompson
By Jim Thompson
HCP columnist

I understand Democrats want to win the presidential race in November, take control of the Senate and keep control of the House. However, I think you need a little help in the marketing department. The perceptions you currently generate are not helping you.

Scrap your entire cadre of goofy presidential candidates and go get someone like Sen. Mitt Romney. I am sure for another chance at the brass ring, he would switch sides.

You just look silly by offering serious support to any of the candidates – on the stage or off the stage – that carry your label right now. Romney could win for you. This is not unprecedented, Mike Bloomberg was a Republican once, too.

Then, don’t talk about your value system until you dump abortion. “Value System” and abortion are mutually exclusive concepts. Abortion belongs in discussions of the value systems of despots from the 20th century.

Explain in terms anyone can understand why you are welcoming illegal aliens with open arms. Hint: your answer cannot contain the word “humanity” or any of its derivatives. That concept has not worked, and it makes you look foolish.

Explain how the homeless problem seems to get worse when you are in charge, e.g., California. The part of the country you are failing to sell on your programs thinks homelessness equals Democrat programs.

How did you get yourself wound up in gender identification/gender choice? It is gaining nothing for you and hurting your image. Let people be what/who they think they are and shut up.

Quit pushing socialism. Socialism killed 100 million people in the 20th century. The only place socialism really works (I wrote about this sometime in the past) is in small, tightly knit communities where everyone knows everyone else. In bureaucracies, it is ripe with corruption – and death.

Act like you like the United States, its citizens, and you want to protect both.

Defend the U.S. Constitution when it works for you – and when it works against you. Your current stance just makes you look like hypocrites.

Respect history and make object lessons from it. Don’t try to hide it or tear it down. Your current stance just reminds people of the aforementioned despots of the 20th century.

Honor working and employment.

Honor the family.

Respect religions that value life, call out religions that don’t (but leave them be, our Constitution allows them to exist).

Examine the statistics that shed light on the needless deaths in the U.S., then go after those causes and work to eradicate them, not the straw men you often push.

Respect honest science. Call out pop science.

If a program cooked up by you (or the Republicans) (or your holy leader, FDR) is not working, man up and kill it. Stop perpetuating programs that suck the lifeblood out of the economy.

Don’t cringe when someone uses the term “man up” or other generic terms that have been in the lexicon for years.

Smile and look like you are enjoying being a politician. Your perpetually hateful countenance and ugly words may be your worst attribute.

Jim Thompson, formerly of Marshall, is a graduate of Hillsboro High School and the University of Cincinnati. He resides in Duluth, Ga. and is a columnist for The Highland County Press. He may be reached at jthompson@taii.com.