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Losing Your Compass

Updated on January 22, 2020
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Jack is a volunteer at the CCNY Archives. Before retiring, he worked at IBM for over 28 years. His articles have over 100,000 views.


A compass is needed when you are hiking in the deep woods. It gives you the knowledge of direction and guide you to where you want to go. Otherwise, you may be just going around in a circle and stuck. This is the current state of the Democratic party in 2020. They are losing their compass, their guiding principles.

What is their compass?

- Jan. 2020


Conservatives have always had a guiding principle. We are fore small limited government, lower taxes, self determination, free enterprises and strong national defense and law and order, and the Constitution and religious freedom.

Liberals and progressives also have principles but they hide it much more because the people are not convinced. They need to frame it in a way the people will more readily accept them.

This has been going for the last 60 years and now we find ourselves in a strange place. In 2020, we have a GOP president by the name of Donald Trump. He is no conservative by any stretch of the imagination. Yet, he has accomplished in 3 years more for the conservative cause and for the people than any other previous president since perhaps Ronald Reagan.

The reason we are here is partly due to the Democrats loosing their compass. They forgot who they are suppose to help and represent, the small people. They were the party of the working class, the average citizen, the union workers, the farmers and the factory workers and the teachers... They were for human rights and equality and anti-discrimination of all sorts.

What happened? They turned to be the party for illegal immigrants, for big donors, for international corporations, for global elites, and the media. They have lost sight of the small people. Elections after elections, they seek their votes and turn around and did the bidding of Google, George Soros, Elon Musk, and Amazon...

They divide the nation into groups and appeal to their unique needs and wants at the expense of the whole.

A Prime Example - This Past Week Jan. 2020

Here is a prime example of what I mean. In a most extraordinary week where Trump was able to sign a trade deal with China and pass a bill on USMCA, the Congress is talking impeachment and moving forward with a trial in the Senate after a partisan vote in the House. What the heck is going on here?

Meanwhile, the DOW shot pass 29,000 after breaking highs week after week. The economy seems to be moving in the right direction with all cylinders firing. Wages are rising and jobs are plenty and skilled workers are in short demand. These are all great signs. People are optimistic about their future. Terrorism is on the wane after the killing of the ISIS leader and now the killing of an Iranian General. All things are moving in the right direction.

Why the disconnect? A tale of two cities...

If you listen in on the Democratic debates, you hear about income inequality, climate change, socialism and free this and free that...

Where are the guiding principles?

Learning From History...

It might help to look back to history. In the late 1990s, the impeachment of Bill Clinton came to mind. How did that turn out? What did it accomplish?

Did it get the results they were hoping?

The Senate acquitted Clinton of all articles. He left office more popular than ever. The stock market rose all throughout the impeachment process. Our country was distracted by the blue dress...

Two and a half years later, 9/11 happened.


My advice, for whatever it is worth, please take stock of this moment. Forget the name Trump for a moment. Assess the overall situation and try and do what is right for the people you want to help. What are their concerns and fears and hopes and dreams? What policies can help them realize these dreams?

What are your guiding principles?

Do they align with your proposed policies?

Will they help the people you are trying to help?

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2020 Jack Lee


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    • tsadjatko profile image

      The Logician 

      13 months ago from now on

      “somehow, the party leaders were the ones loosing their compass“


      I just explained the leadership has always been deceitful and Socialistic back to Woodrow Wilson. So what compass could they have lost to now be going full blast socialist with all their policies let alone trying to take down a duly elected President with silent coups!

      That is their compass, their goal.

      You are pretending the leadership was a shinning example of what? America’s greatness? They hate the America we love and blame it for all the problems in the world. They always have.

      The average Democrat voter has a compass? Maybe once they thought they did but long ago they traded it in for promises never delivered and ruses designed to dupe them for their votes.

      That’s the Democratic Party of today and that is the way the “leadership” (puppet masters) of the Democratic Party planned it.

    • jackclee lm profile imageAUTHOR

      Jack Lee 

      13 months ago from Yorktown NY

      politics is a dirty game. House of Cards was not just a popular TV show. However, I am talking about the average voters. I know many democrats over the years and they truth believe in the ideals of a just and equal society...somehow, the party leaders were the ones loosing their compass and took the people with them down this dark path. Some that did not come along were left out...The blue dog democrats come to mind that helped elected Reagan.

    • tsadjatko profile image

      The Logician 

      13 months ago from now on

      And how were they to win at all?

      You mean like Bill Clinton? So you think he was a shinning light and that’s why he won?

      Oh, that’s right, Obama was a shinning light and that’s why he won...right?

      Or maybe they are examples of how being so devious is how you win!

    • tsadjatko profile image

      The Logician 

      13 months ago from now on

      Really? Jack, if Kennedy was such a shinning example, (though I admit he was not a left wing liberal) why couldn’t his party keep him alive? Or his brother Bobby? It was the left that had them executed, you can bet on it. The only reason Ted wasn’t eliminated is because he was a leftist.

      The left has ruled this party since Woodrow Wilson and anyone in that party trying to move it to the right of center has been destined to be destroyed by whatever means the puppet masters of the party can get away with.

      Kennedy was not the party, if not for his money and family’s status he’d never have been president if the puppet masters had their way and we know how it ended.

      Today’s Democratic Party is just the coming of fruition of 70 years of what has always been the leftists goal.

      I’d much rather be called a cynic than naive which is what anyone is who thinks what the Democrat Party Is today is because they have lost their compass!

    • jackclee lm profile imageAUTHOR

      Jack Lee 

      13 months ago from Yorktown NY

      T, you are a cynic. If it was so devious, how were they able to win at all?

      I see it differently. There was a time when Democrats had principles, JFK was one shining example...

    • tsadjatko profile image

      The Logician 

      13 months ago from now on

      Lost their compass? Guiding principles?

      Are you kidding me? When did the Democrat party ever lose their compass?

      From Woodrow Wilson to FDR to Obama to Hiliary Clinton and now the dozen or so “leaders of the Democratic Party they have been following their compass North from the start.

      Their North is power, socialism and the destruction of the American dream by any means possible.

      The dumbing down of America through control of education, the media, government policies has been their compass and they have accomplished it.

      Why would you not understand that wanting to do anything right for the people is always their ruse to accomplish their real goal which is in their minds to obtain power by any means possible to create their idea of utopia, which is total control of our lives in their hands and not ours.


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