Friday, November 4, 2016

Where's the Drama?

Today, highlights with a ticket tape parade in Chicago - a city that could use some positive energy. Hopefully no drinking dramas.

We come to the last weekend of campaigning before the BIG election (whew). Will there be hacking and other dramas? Most likely so stayed tuned ... Trump is addicted to drama.

Try to be calm after the election and visualize next weekend without political rhetoric. Focus on football and other things if possible.

Next weekend is also Veteran's Day Weekend as out come the bargains and the shoppers. Many people have started - sales everywhere - the results of the election setting the tone. Hopefully, no dramas here but holiday shopping generally creates issues. The Big Shop is Thanksgiving and the days that follow. Hopefully no stampede on Black Friday.

Next, Friday is November 11 or 11.11 which many people will use as a window to balance the dramas in their lives - though only a temporary bandaid. Do what you feel guided to but 11.11 feels like a trigger from the past along with 2012. Those energies are gone.

Sunday returns us to Standard Time which signals the annual New York City Marathon ... great weather all around. Where's the drama? The New York City Marathon has become ensnared in the Russian doping scandal. Investigators are looking into whether a Russian sports agent conspired with American marathon organizers to allow athletes using banned substances to compete.

The New York City Marathon (42.195 km (26.219 mi) runs through all
five boroughs of New York City - one of the largest marathons in the world.

Campaign Slogans

Slogans may not tilt an election, but that doesn't mean there aren't phrases to avoid.

Trump famously opted for "Make America Great Again."

Hillary's team considered more than 80 slogans before going with "Stronger Together." Others that didn't make the cut: "Progress for the Rest of Us" and "Renewing Our Basic Bargain."

Judging by modern presidential history, they were right to skip themes that incorporated their own names.

Richard M. Nixon's successful 1972 re-election campaign with "Nixon Now" appears to be the last time a name slogan worked.

Ross Perot failed in 1992 with "Ross for Boss," losing to Bill Clinton and his "Putting People First."

The 1996 election featured "Bob Dole. A Better Man. For a Better America." President Clinton won again.

The 21st century has spawned more self-referential slogans.

In 2004, there was Howard Dean's "Dean for America." This year, Jeb Bush couldn't salvage his campaign with "Jeb Can Fix It."

If the hopefuls of 2020 insist on using their names, history suggests they should also incorporate some wit.

Consider Calvin Coolidge's 1924 bid, "Keep Cool and Keep Coolidge," or Franklin Pierce in the mid-19th century, who managed to include a predecessor: "We Polked You in '44, We Shall Pierce You in '52."