Invite: Sept 26th - Patriotism and Optimism Webinar

We are excited to invite you to join us on Wednesday, September 26th at noon for a webinar showing of Simon's compelling new deck, "On Patriotism and Optimism – Thoughts On The Future of America's Center-Left." The webinar will run from noon to 1:15 pm and you can RSVP here

In the presentation Simon will make the case that America is not in decline and is in fact doing as well as it has in any point in its history. It is meant to be an implicit rebuttal to the core argument Trump is making about America and its decline, an argument which is malevolently selling America and its people short every day. 

This deck, and the arguments within it, are Simon's effort to help fashion a comprehensive response to the rise of Trump’s new politics. It has evolved over dozens of showings over the web and live in person to policy makers here in Washington and around the country.

Do join us - we promise you will leave feeling better about this challenging moment in our history. 

Background Readings for "Patriotism and Optimism" Presentation

Can Trump Keep America Safe? Simon Rosenberg,, 7/16/18. Simon argues that Trump has been unable to fulfill the most basic of Presidential duties: keeping Americans and our democracy safe.

Things Are Better Under Trump? Data Suggests Not, Simon Rosenberg,, 7/13/18. In a new op-ed, Simon asks whether middle class Americans are better off under Trump. Data suggests that they are not.

The Case for Optimism: Rejecting Trump's Poisonous Pessimism, Simon Rosenberg, Medium, 6/2/17. In an essay that originally was published on Medium, Simon argues that the great rationale of Trump's Presidency  –  that America is in decline – simply isn't true, and must be challenged more forcefully.  This is the piece that spurred the creation of the presentation. 

Chin Up, Democrats, Simon Rosenberg, US News and World Report, 1/20/17. In his column Simon argues that Democrats should have pride in their historic accomplishments and optimism about the future of their politics. This one is very relevant to the presentation itself.