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  1. The Perfect Phrase

    The first step in developing the perfect progressive political phrase is to understand what is probably the Republicans’ most effective phrase: “Pro Life”. While the phrase “Pro Life” is positive; when used by Republicans, it implies that anyone who is against them is pro death. The most important attribute of the phrase “Pro Life”’; however, is it’s emotional appeal based on religious beliefs and values. Emotional appeals, when added to religion, do not lend themselves to factual counter-arguments. In reality, religious values are much more than being Pro Life. The message of most religions is empathy, compassion and fairness. Therefore our message should:
    1.be positive, but imply that the Republicans’ policies, on the whole, are counter religious .
    2.appeal emotionally.

    My humble suggestion for a phrase is “bleeding heart realists”:

    1. It reminds people that Republicans have consistently ridiculed empathy and compassion, for those less fortunate. If Jesus was not a bleeding heart then
    who was?
    2. Repudiates the attempt to portray Democrats and progressives as “out of the mainstream” radicals. We are realists who don’t think government should ,and
    can, solve all social problems; but must help when practical and possible. Also, that even though we hope for peace we know that there are bad people in the world, and we must be willing to fight if absolutely necessary.

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  2. Just updated my FB ‘about’ to “bleeding heart realist” Had to add your description too with link here. You rock!

    I think framing is one of the keys to the universe. Thumbs up to your blog!

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  3. Posted by Tom Stansell on September 29, 2012 at 8:37 pm

    The biggest lie the Republicans tell is that government is the enemy of the people and that government regulation is both an anethma to business and akin to socialism. The reality we work from is the one established in Buckley v Valeo – “money equals speech”. Individuals & corporations “drown out” the voices of ordinary citizens without means who attempt to “provide the consent” necessary for democratic legitimacy. What most have not considered is that if the “majority” of the dollars being spent in the marketplace of ideas serve to direct the government to act for the benefit of a very narrow interest, then Buckley & Citizens United serve to embolden what Madison in Federalist 10 described as the republic’s greatest threat.

    “By a faction, I understand a number of citizens, whether amounting to a majority or a minority of the whole, who are united and actuated by some common impulse of passion, or of interest, adversed to the rights of other citizens, or to the permanent and aggregate interests of the community.”

    Given the deleterious effects of factions, he established the purpose for all subsequent generations in stating,

    “To secure the public good and private rights against the danger of such a faction, and at the same time to preserve the spirit and the form of popular government, is then the great object to which our inquiries are directed.”

    Let’s not be fooled by the GOP’s attempts to paint themselves as strict constructionalists and as the last line of defense for the Constitution from the unwashed liberal horde. The purchase of political influence undermines the integrity of our republic in the eyes of those who provide its legitimacy – we, “the governed.” Lord Acton warned us about the absolute corrupting nature of power. The community must “demand” candidates who are not for sale by voting for candidates who refuse to take donations over $100 (or some reasonably small figure) and not voting for their well-financed, well-marketed, purchased political opponents if we are to have a “supply” of representatives who will care about, and act for “the permanent and aggregate interests of the community.”

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