You have worked in the progressive trenches. This is totally new to me.
I have a picture in mind, which in my fantasy/vision/delusion, the whole progressive movement unites under the same umbrella for 2014, pushing candidates to pledge progressive intents. That takes a common agenda. I have constructed the Twelve Steps, mimicking AA which addresses dysfunctions. I offer it as a potential umbrella. It is a lot of words, but has some moral truths at it's core, and they are exemplified in the People's Pledge. Signing the People's Pledge commits the signer to support the Twelve Steps.
Simple, if the right people all see this and a core group introduces the message.
Unsure I can do that, I thought of something I/we, the people I hang with, could do. A little bit of political theater. Our stage manager on Y&R and some of the folks there might be so inclined. The SM directs live small theater pieces all the time and rails with me politically. So do some of the actors. So far, the conversation is me.... and if you want, you. So here's the dinner/documentary part of the scheme:
The Progressive Democracy Dinner could be like An Inconvenient Truth phenomenon. It starts with a bit of a passion play.
We write a 4 Act Play. It starts looking "Pro Corporatism" delivered by a troop headlined by the KochJester. Abe is one of our Diners at the Dinner. He speaks out in Lincoln-ese to challenge the KochJester.
The KochJester's Propaganda efforts start each act. Abe challenges. The exchange is interrupted by the Troll Patrol.
The whole set-up "Bugs Out" back into the bus and heads to the next site. Repeat the Format and script for funny.
Four Act Paradigm
Act I - Introduce the problem. The KochJester's message makes Abe go off.
Act II - Abe introduces the Twelve Steps, (ala Cyrano's nose speech.)
Act III - Paint the KochFuture, lament our poor stewardship of god's planet and our children's earth.
Act IV - Take the People's Pledge via the People's Mic.
The event, prep and performance, has to be written for funny. But it will offer tons of funny, heart warming and meaningful moments. The resulting documentary should be fun, relevant and get some festival play and viral media. A Rachel segment would kill.
It would need to come out in August 2014 for election relevance and could spur a movement nationwide of similar style activism from September through the election.
A campaign to get progressive politicians to rally around the Twelve Step Solution should be pursued concurrently with creating the Progressive Dinner. If the movie took off, a Progressive Dinner Tour could circuit the nation in a series of pre-election rallies.
I have some friends that would help. I could pitch the actors I have mentioned. You, Dutch, are the first individual I have pitched on this.
Everything here can be done. In my mind's eye, it could be very funny, and move some hearts to much needed action.
Hi. I'm Mike G. I'm old enough to remember when government worked, before St. Reagan gave us the nine most terrifying words, the southern strategy and the conservative revolution.