Flight of Sparrows: Outline

A Flight of Sparrows: How the Sanders Revolution can and must take the Democratic Party Back to its New Deal Roots to Save the Nation and the World

  1. Neoliberalism and its discontents
  2. Introduction: The Overton Window, The Powell Memo, and Two Santa Claus Theory
  3. The World as We Find It
    1. Conservatism
    2. Progressivism
    3. Our Nation, Our World
  4. Demographics and the Rising New Deal Majority
  5. Cognitive Science and the First Order of Political Discourse
  6. The New New Deal Agenda
  7. New Deal vs Reaganomics
    1. Domestic
    2. Education
    3. Energy
    4. Economics
    5. Social policy
    6. Trade
    7. Foreign Policy
  8. Effective Organization
    1. Effective Action
    2. Online
    3. Build a Better Pundit
    4. How to Engage:
      1. Green Sparrows
      2. Red Sparrows
      3. White Sparrows
      4. Blue Sparrows
      5. Party “Seal” Teams
  9. Hold the Real Deal Vision and Never Stop Fighting

2016 is Suddenly a Referendum on 2010

While the rest of politics was melting down over the presidential race here in 2016, the president and his head of justice quietly telegraphed their play for the future of American politics:  gerrymandering.


In 2010, American politics was watching the emergence of the ultra right wing movement called the Tea Party.  Driven by conspiracy theories like Donald Trump’s birtherism, and egged on by those self-same Republicans who champion Trump’s economic plan, aka, the Ryan Budget, a PAC-Funded groundswell was engineered by the likes of the Koch Brothers to amplify grassroots dissent against President Obama.

That selfsame Republican congress set out to block any and every effort of this president, from the day he was inaugurated.  They sought to tear him down, they sought to destroy him, they invented every lie possible and they pointed angry, red white and blue wearing mobs towards Democrats, including Gabby Giffords.

In its review of the Giffords attack, slate had this to say about the relationship between the angry rhetoric of the tea party and the gifford’s attack:

“…consider what was swirling outside Loughner’s head. To call his crime an attempted assassination is to acknowledge that it appears to have had a political and not merely a personal context. That context wasn’t Islamic radicalism, Puerto Rican independence, or anarcho-syndicalism. It was the anti-government, pro-gun, xenophobic populism that flourishes in the dry and angry climate of Arizona. Extremist shouters didn’t program Loughner, in some mechanistic way, to shoot Gabrielle Giffords. But the Tea Party movement did make it appreciably more likely that a disturbed person like Loughner would react, would be able to react, and would not be prevented from reacting, in the crazy way he did.

At the core of the far right’s culpability is its ongoing attack on the legitimacy of U.S. government—a venomous campaign not so different from the backdrop to the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995. Then it was focused on “government bureaucrats” and the ATF. This time it has been more about Obama’s birth certificate and health care reform. In either case, it expresses the dangerous idea that the federal government lacks valid authority. It is this, rather than violent rhetoric per se, that is the most dangerous aspect of right-wing extremism.”

No less dangerous rhetoric was coming from Donald Trump, as he built his alt-right bone fides on the back of the President’s authenticity, birthplace, and patriotism.  In the midst of the “swamp of crazy” that gave us Trump and the Tea Party, along with a lot of violent talk, we also got ObamaCare.  The affordable care act passed congress by a hair’s breadth, and gave the Tea Party enough to be angry about to spin it off into madness, but not before lifting turnout enough to Democrats the most resounding losses in a midterm election in a generation, and set up a round of gerrymandering that could leave Democrats at a deep advantage in congress and state legislatures that could last generations.

The violence of the right, the lies of Trump, the emergence of a voting block driven by fear and hate and manipulated by money.  This is the sickness of the right that emerged during the Obama tenure and culminated in the takeover and national gerrymander of 2010.

Thing is, this effort from Obama seems like an admission that his terrible messaging and the fact that the chose to alienate the left were at least a part to blame for the 2010 apocalypse.   At least he has the decency to try to go back in afterwards and try to clean up some of the damage.

More to the point, it all begs a question: should the states and congress be redrawn to minimize the power of the opposing party or should it be non partisan?  This battle will go on but as much as Trump represents the ugliness of the right, 2010 represents that moment when democracy really broke, washington really broke, and it became impossible for anything to get done with divided government.

Trump is the ugliness and the Republican Congress is the real damage.  A successful Clinton presidency requires a powerful Democratic majority and an even more active Progressive movement making sure they do what’s right.




Chapter I: “…this is not the moment, it’s the movement.

“It’s the Movement, Stupid!”


“Demand-Side Politics”

Chapter 1:  “…this is not the moment. It’s the movement.”

  1. Bernie Sanders 2016 –



  1. A description of our world,
  2. History of the 20th Century,
  3. History of the American Middle Class.
  4. the end of American Democracy.
  5. Oligarchy.
  6. The end of the American Middle Class.
  7. Citizen’s United.
  8. Reaganomics.
  9. New Deal Democratic Policies.
  10. The Real Deal





The Once and Future Democracy

A recent study by Princeton university revealed a very simple and startling conclusion:

In America, today the chance that any bill in Congress will be passed is 30%.  This is near constant, regardless of the level of public support.

It doesn’t matter how many times you write your Congressman.  It doesn’t matter whether your life, community, family, city, country or rights depend on it.   It doesn’t matter.

What does matter is the support of the wealthy and powerful industrial and financial interests who now own the united states government.



regardless of the level of public support for the bill.


It doesn’t matter whether you love or hate the bill.  It doesn’t matter


  1. Chapter 1:  “…this is not the moment. It’s the movement.”
    1. Bernie Sanders 2016
    2. A description of our world, History of the 20th Century, History of the American Middle Class. the end of American Democracy. Oligarchy. The end of the American Middle Class.  Citizen’s United.  Reaganomics. New Deal Democratic Policies.
  2. Chapter 2: The Real Deal
    1. Accomplishments of the New Deal
    2. What Blue Sparrow Democrats stand for:  economic and social justice everywhere in the world.  universal opportunity everywhere in the world. freedom everywhere in the world.  A free, sustainable future for every man, woman and child on earth and for generations to come.
  3. Chapter 2: The World
    1. the universal realization of the failure of modern Republican policies.  History has proven the New Deal (demand side economics) right and Supply Side Economics a catastrophic scam.
  4. Chapter 3:  The Opposition
    1. What is Conservatism.  Stonewall cognititive processes.  Moral politics.
    2. Presenting the case to liberal constituencies.
    3. Presenting the case to conservative constituencies.
    4. Presenting the case for Real Deal Democratic policies.
  5. Chapter 4: The Millenium
    1. Finally the Cavalry has arrived for the American Progressive Movement.
  6. Chapter 6: The Movement
    1. The Millenials must engage the DNC at every level, the Blue Sparrow Society will be the most public fifth column in the history of American politics.  We will carry our liberalism and our agenda of freedom, justice and opportunity to every corner of the American political landscape.  We will protect capitalsm and democracy in America and fight for freedom opportunity and justice worldwide.
    2. The Real Deal in Practice
      1. Infrastructure
      2. Effective government
      3. Retiring Debt, Increasing the Wealth of the Nation
      4. The Level Playing Field for All Americans
      5. Services
      6. Education
      7. Healthcare
  7. Chapter 7: The Future
    1. This is the moment for the movement.  This can be the deciding moment for world history when the pendulum returned from supply side, theocratic, luddite ignorance and returned to clear minded solutions.  This is the moment democracy returned to the Democratic party and through ongoing victories returned democracy and the a vibrant middle class to America.
  8. Epilogue:  The Business of America

The Moment and the Movement

Development plan for a work of political education.

The Moment and the Movement is an exhortation for the largest, most influential, and most liberal generation in American history to transform world politics by winning elected office from the precinct level up, and to champion a reality based local, political, and economic reality, that the only system that protects democracy and capitalism, is the Blue Sparrow Democrat platform, also known as the Real Deal.

The New Deal democracy of the 20th Century, created the American Middle Class and gave the world it’s greatest institutions of deliberative democracy.  35 years of Reaganomics have collapsed Economic and Political freedom in America.  In short, Supply Side economics, along with the corruption of government, neocon adventurism and neoliberal trade failures have killed the American Middle Class and Democracy both.

Real Deal Democrats across America know that there is a better way, and it is the Democratic Capitalism of Bernie Sanders.

As of today, there is about a 5% chance of Bernie Sanders getting the nomination for president.  The future of our nation depends in no small part on what his followers decided to do.  Will it scare them home the threat of  3 or 4 conservative Supreme Court Justices appointed by a President Donald Trump?

The Moment and the Movement will seek to show that a very simple three step process will maintain the movement and the moment and help to build towards the ultimate triumph of Real Deal politics sometime across the next 20 years of making it the winning core of the platform that makes the Democratic party the dominant party at every level of governance and in every state of the nation.

It’s so simple and it’s right there in front of us.  We just have to decided to do it, and a national agenda of justice, freedom and opportunity will save America and save the world.