Grande Old Elephant, I hardly knew ye

I’m not a history buff.  But I do love a good story that’s rooted in fact and not the typical hero worship, half-truths, and fiction written by the winners or current incumbents.

One mystery is what happened to the Republican party.   I remember them positively as a teen (yes, in an ancient era) as the party of economic opportunity.  That was long before its hijacking by first religious fundamentalists and then the super-rich.  Going back much further, the party roles were reversed.  How can you not root for Abe Lincoln and the GOP, fighting for justice to end slavery against the wealthy landowners?

According to Bring Back the Party of Lincoln,  the recent change in the GOP isn’t new.  Republicans are historical flip-floppers.  Author Heather Cox Richardson concludes,

Twice in its history, the Republican Party regained its direction and popularity after similar disasters by returning to its original defense of widespread individual economic success. The same rebranding is possible today, if Republicans demote Reagan from hero to history and rally to a leader like Lincoln, Roosevelt or Eisenhower — someone who believes that the government should promote economic opportunity rather than protect the rich.

Change is inevitable, especially amid a changing electorate that reduces the Republican power base every year.  The only question is when.

While anything is possible, it’s unlikely to happen soon.  The Super Recession was nearly as bad as the Depression.  It had no effect on the party.  There have been various Republican branding initiatives.  They’ve gone nowhere.  The party has virtually shut down Congress.  Not a budge.  And there is no savior in sight.

Instead the party has used its power to enfranchise its legitimacy by redrawing voting maps and giving the rich even more influence.  It’s drawn the Democrats far right of where they were 30 years ago, thus providing far less GOP maneuvering room.

I suggest nothing is going to happen until the party runs out of all its tricks and loses both houses of Congress and the Presidency at the same time and that’s probably 20 years away at best.


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Vote now for the July #StealthCatch of the Month @

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Midnight Window Shopping
Our speaker warning convinces these kids that the store is truly closed … and protected.

2 Copper Thieves Nabbed by Police
A wire fence doesn’t stop these thieves. But live monitoring does.

Rooftop Trespasser Breaks Ankle
Bad things happen when you’re stranded on a rooftop and the police arrive.

4 Masked Robbers with Sledgehammer
Sledgehammer meets speaker. Who wins?

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Your July Stealth Monitoring Dispatch, f

Your July Stealth Monitoring Dispatch, featuring Stolen … and Returned Weedwacker
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Winner! June 2014 #StealthCatch of the Month – Stolen & Returned Weedwacker – Commercial Real Estate Security Watch @ Speaker warnings not only scare off thieves, they can also prompt them to bring your property back! A pickup truck drives behind a flex office warehouse. The driver steals a weedwacker and starts to drive away. A Stealth operator activates the on-site speaker. The robber hears the warning and has a change of mind. He raises his hands in defeat and brings the equipment back. Vote for the nest #StealthCatch of the Month @ Stealth Monitoring, the leader in live video surveillance.

The good 1% and the bad 1%

I send my compliments to Mark Suster on Putting Tom Perkins Comments into Context.

Perkins opened his Wall Street Journal letter Progressive Kristallnacht Coming? with the headline:

I would call attention to the parallels of Nazi Germany to its war on its “one percent,” namely its Jews, to the progressive war on the American one percent, namely the ‘rich.’


Boorish entitlement has never worked, at least not in public.  It never ceases to amaze me that many well educated successful people can stoop to third grade name calling and be so insular and oblivious to the rest of the world.

Suster, a self-professed one percenter himself, called the letter insensitive and tone deaf.  That’s far too mild.  He did a terrific job on his comprehensive post.  So I’ll skip further pontification and just recommend you click on his link above.

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I’m working with my friends at Business Catapult on a fundraising campaign for YouthBiz, which supports young entrepreneurs in Denver.

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Career, Business & Marketing Reception Wed. Dec. 18 1-3pm. With $1000s in prizes.

We’re giving back this holiday season.  I’m putting together a reception with a few friends to help local jobseekers and businesses.  It’s an informal occasion to meet me, our software company’s new Director of Sales, Maria Tago, and others to explore full or part-time job opportunities, get career advice, steer DallasBlue next year, increase your business sales, and supercharge your marketing.  Plus we’re giving away thousands of dollars in prizes.  Come say hello!

Career, Business & Marketing Reception
Wednesday December 18 1-3pm
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Registration is not required to attend this complimentary event.  However it is required to enter the sweepstakes if you won’t be there. Prizes include 6 months Revenue Typhoon set up and service ($900 value), Sales Assessment ($297 value), Career Coaching Session ($100 value), and ten DallasMeet Wine Tasting tickets ($25 value each).

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