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  •  I've been making that same argument for quite (0+ / 0-)

    awhile here.  I call myself "conservative" and I'm still a registered Republican and what I've tried to express is that progressives/liberals speak a different language than conservatives or moderates.   If you want more people to join "your" team you need to communicate with people in a way that makes sense to them and using the standard lefty language doesn't work too well.

    Take healthcare for instance.  Talking about greedy insurance companies or an obligation to the poor isn't that effective to many moderates nor hardly any conservatives.  But talk about outcomes and talk about costs, you start to get their attention.  So, even though I'm a "conservative" I've come to support single payer because single payer systems tend to have better outcomes (longer life spans, lower mortality rates, better outcomes on many diseases) and they cost substantially less.  Oh, on top of that, everybody is covered.

    But the people in America that support single payer are overwhelmingly on the left and they speak in ways that don't resonate with those of us in the middle and on the right.  It's kinda like me coming here to DKOS and saying I have got a great idea about strengthening the safety net but I start off by praising Reagan.  It doesn't really matter how good the policy change is or how good my argument is.  Praising Saint Ronnie just isn't a way to convert progressives to my side and yet too many progressives think that speaking to political opponents using their own language and world outlook will cause moderates and conservatives to see the light and join them.

    (Of course, I violated my own rule because I start off by saying that I'm a "conservative" and I'm hoping that my message will still get through when many will discard what I say merely because of the label I put on myself.  LOL)

    We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them. Albert Einstein

    by theotherside on Wed Nov 20, 2013 at 07:50:03 AM PST

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