(OpEdNews.com) -- We have a lot of work to do if we intend to ensure that Donald Trump does not change what most Americans are striving for in their lives. But we as liberals and progressives cannot continue doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. We know the phrase and what it means: It is a form of insanity.
We know we are right on economic policies, social policies, environmental policies, social justice policies, and much more. The problem is that we are wrong in how we talk about them and how we reach out to people.
Many will balk at that statement, but it is true. Progressives believe in science. Facts and numbers guide us. But in finding the appropriate method to deliver our message, too often we don't think carefully enough about our approach.
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It is a fact that many working class voters see us as elitists who think we know more than they do. They believe we look down on them. If they don't immediately agree with what we know is best, we tend to malign them as low-information, gullible, and dumb without taking the time and effort to engage.