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  •  Almost (4.00)
    A frame provides the logic that traps the opposition.

    So, if we frame the Senate in terms of the metaphor of "standing with the people," (using whatever phrase sounds beest) then we would say that the "Senate Republicans insist on standing with and for the President."  

    See the difference?  

    •  Yep, thanks. (none)
       This self edjumication stuffs is hard work.

      I tell you there is a fire. They have this day set a blazing torch to the temple of constitutional liberty and, please God, we shall have no more peace forever.

      by Anderson Republican on Tue May 24, 2005 at 07:31:24 AM PDT

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    •  Government OF, BY, and FOR (none)
      The important difference emerging from the suggested language on this thread is that Democratic (and moderate Republican) Senators behave as if they owed their highest allegiance to THE PEOPLE rather than to the President - clearly invoking Lincoln's Gettysburg phrase "That government of the people, by the people, and for the people, shall not perish from the earth"

      The other uber-patriotic concept I'd like to involve is that the Stars and Stripes each represented a different state of the original Union - and that it is a quintisentially e plurbis unum American idea that government's proper role is to bring together many different voices into one euphonic harmony - without eliminating the individual character of those many voices.

      Rhetorically invoking a transcendently patriotic phrase - that everyone finds themselves murmoring under their breath as soon as you start them with the first few words - is extraordinarily effective word smithing - and thus my suggestions:

      long version:
      Senator Frist, Tom Delay, the invasively radical wing of the Republican Party, and their over-reaching theocratic masters at Focus on the Family believe that this government belongs to their president and their narrow slice of the glorious spectrum of faith in this country. Democrats and more thoughtful Republicans, however, remember that their allegiance is to every star and every stripe in the American Flag, and to the Republic for which it stands. A Senator's allegiance must not be to the president, nor to the partyline, nor to the lobbyists, nor any particular church, but to the people - all the people, and what is best for them. If Frist and Delay had succeeded in their quest to abolish 200 years of Senate procedure and precedent - then Government of the people, by the people, and FOR the people, would have perished from the earth.

      Short Version: This was an important victory - for every star and every stripe in the American Flag, and to the Republic for which it stands. Frist, Delay and their theocratic masters at Focus on the Family wanted to change the rules, but more thoughtful members of their own party joined with democratic forces to defeat their naked grab for power. If Frist and Delay, God forbid, had prevailed, then Government by the people, of the people, and FOR the people would have perished from this earth.  

      Alternative Short Version: Frist and Delay didn't have the votes to overturn 200 years of Senate precedent without cheating, but they were willing to break the rules in order to more effectively serve their radical theocratic masters at Focus on the Family. Frist and Delay have abandoned their constituents and their duty to the country in their naked quest for power. Yesterday's agreement stopped them for now, but we must remain vigilant.

      Soundbyte I: Frist and Delay didn't have the votes to overturn 200 years of Senate precedent without cheating. Yesterday's agreement stopped them for now, but we must remain vigilant.

      Soundbyte II: A Senator's allegiance must not be to the president, nor to the partyline, nor to the lobbyists, nor any particular church, but to the people - all the people, and what is best for them.

      Soundbyte III: Yesterday the Democrats and more thoughtful Republicans, however, proved that their allegiance is to every star and every stripe in the American Flag, and to the Republic for which it stands.

      "I Have Sworn Upon the Altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man." - Thomas Jefferson

      by AikidoPilgrim on Tue May 24, 2005 at 04:21:42 PM PDT

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