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  •  Where's the proof (5+ / 0-)

    that we can't get things done by following good liberal public policies, especially when they're extremely popular with the public?

    If Dems in DC bothered to take advantage of the popularity of liberal policies and used public support to pressure Republicans, they would have more success.

    The big question is "why haven't they tried"?   They've never, ever attempted to fight the GOP on publicly popular policies.

    In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock. Thomas Jefferson

    by Betty Pinson on Fri Mar 30, 2012 at 11:07:03 AM PDT

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    •  I think the proof is that even in this day and (0+ / 0-)

      age that only around 20% of the electorate self-identifies as liberal. The disgusting smear job the GOP did back in the late 60s/early 70's has stuck. It shouldn't have, but it did.

      Most people are not that well-informed. Even with the explosion of information access points a lot of people are just as ignorant of truth and susceptible to manipulation now as they ever were.

      If after all this time Dem pols are too cowardly to stand up for the success and mainstreamiing of liberal policies then they need to at least have the smarts & guts to stand up for them as centrist policies.

      I'm simply suggesting another option toward getting to the same place.

      Ds see human suffering and wonder what they can do to relieve it. Rs see human suffering and wonder how they can profit from it.

      by JTinDC on Fri Mar 30, 2012 at 11:30:26 AM PDT

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      •  Check the polls on issues (4+ / 0-)

        The public strongly supports the liberal policies I mentioned above. There's no need to water them down to gain public approval - the public already approves.

        So what's to stop DC Dems from pushing those policies and opposing the GOP simply based on the popularity of those issues and policy ideas with the general public.

        There's no need to apply labels. Don't worry about GOP name calling, they're going to call everything liberal policy anyway, even when its conservative.  Ignore them.

        Just push the policy initiatives. Unlike other groups, liberals don't care if they get credit as long as the policy goals are accomplished.

        So why can't DC Dems do that?  What are they afraid of?

        In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock. Thomas Jefferson

        by Betty Pinson on Fri Mar 30, 2012 at 12:00:22 PM PDT

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