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  •  I read extina's post and Lakoff's article. The (2+ / 0-)
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    distinction between morality and policy caught my attention and made me wonder if that had a connection to why so many Republicans think Pres. Obama is a Muslim and why so much effort has gone into giving them that idea.

    Pres. Obama is a policy wonk but he is also a very moral person.  He's made it clear that he's a Christian and that his brand of Christianity is concerned with more than words.  He believes in deeds.  Looking after the least amongst you and that sort of thing.  Graduating from Columbia and seeking out a job as a community organizer.  Foregoing a ton of money and status after finishing Harvard Law to go back to Chicago and devote his life to public service.  Plus his personal life as a husband and father is exemplary.

    The Republicans thought they'd cornered the market on morality but Pres. Obama is threatening their cartel.  So they keep this Muslim issue alive to distract voters from the possibility that Pres. Obama can offer a moral narrative more appealing than theirs.  Especially considering how tatty theirs is getting.  

    BTW, that Lakoff's article is really thought provoking.  Any Kossack who thinks Santorum would be easier to beat than Romney ought to think again.  Esp. on what Santorum might do to excite voters to support down ballot candidates.  Getting Pres. Obama re-elected won't help with a Congress working with him.  

    We must, indeed, all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately. B. Franklin

    by Observerinvancouver on Wed Mar 14, 2012 at 09:19:27 PM PDT

    •  If President Obama was just able to (1+ / 0-)
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      publicize these truths about his strong moral character and incorporate them into a winning message that all (or at least most) Democrats can stand behind and live by themselves, I would gladly do away with my suggested alternative. I think his example is an exemplary one to follow, but unfortunately, that's largely because it's so extremely rare for someone to live so true to his ideals.

      I think ideally, progressives would unite around his example, and we wouldn't necessarily need a different platform in opposition to that posed by Republicans. I only suggested this because I think it is a path progressives haven't tried that could make headway with a group that otherwise would be inclined to vote Republican, but who appreciate the pragmatic results sound progressive policy results in.

      "My great panacea for making society at once better and more enjoyable would be to cultivate greater sincerity." -- Frances Power Cobbe

      by Panacea Paola on Wed Mar 14, 2012 at 09:34:30 PM PDT

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    •  Without a Congress working with him, I meant. (0+ / 0-)

      We must, indeed, all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately. B. Franklin

      by Observerinvancouver on Wed Mar 14, 2012 at 10:39:31 PM PDT

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