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  •  From universe where GOP is voice of the people (5+ / 0-)

    This morning I read an article (or DKos diary?) about how the GOP kept claiming to be the voice representing the people, completely oblivious as to who voted in Obama and the Democratic majority.

    The article thought that the GOP was simply deluded. I think the GOP strategy is more insidious than that.

    When I've worked for large corporations, there are always a few horrible coworkers who read books on psychological manipulation, how to appropriate power you haven't earned, and the cliffnotes for every season of Survivor. One of their favorite tricks is to loudly repeat something until it becomes the truth. For instance, if you are late once, they loudly and repeatedly say "she's late AGAIN?" until it becomes embedded in everyone's subconscious that you're always late, and the demerit is hovering there in reserve the minute it becomes in someone's interest to build a case against you.

    Now the GOP is saying "we speak for the American people" loudly and repeatedly, until it sticks in everyone's subconscious. When the balance shifts against the Democrats, their departure from the voice of the American people will be number one on their list of crimes.

    Anyone remember the lawyer show called The Practice? Whenever they wanted to win a case where they didn't really have the evidence, they would say, "THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA!"

    This is what the Democrats need to be doing right now to fend off all the GOP voice of the people crap. As proud they must be of ushering in an era of change, the Democrats need to hearken back to the founding of this great nation and invoke how HCR and everything else they are trying to achieve is the very essence of the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.

    Instead of quibbling about voting their conscience at the risk of their jobs, which makes it sound like the Democrats didn't listen to their constituents, the Democrats should proclaim that they did listen to their constituents and those constituents are the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA!

    The GOP isn't hearing the voice of the people. They are just hearing voices...of the schizophrenic variety.

    •  Uhm lots of people are saying "WTF" (2+ / 0-)
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      breakingranks, Calamity Jean

      every time the GOP says that.

      GOP = Godless opposition party We Hassle to make America a Vassal (state)

      by Shhs on Thu Mar 25, 2010 at 08:38:16 PM PDT

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    •  Excellent point! (2+ / 0-)
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      the GOP kept claiming to be the voice representing the people, completely oblivious as to who voted in Obama and the Democratic majority.

      I wonder this myself just who they actually think they speak for. Cuz last I checked, we overwhelmingly voted for CHANGE!  (Flipping some red states blue in the process too, I might add!!)

      •  I wish I could remember where I read it (0+ / 0-)

        I was glad to see someone recognize that the Voice was being hijacked, though I don't think he realized that the Democrats really need to counter it. (Not recognize or reply to it - just counter it by underscoring their own claim to the Voice).

        •  hard to break into their patter (2+ / 0-)
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          breakingranks, Calamity Jean

          they don't read or listen to anything that might be a little different from their world view. (Come to think of it, many of us don't do that either...) The fragmentation of internet media PLUS the decline of national newspapers AND lack of breadth of coverage on TV news all combine to prevent people from getting enough balanced information when we are drowning in video feeds and talking heads. It's pretty strange.

          In a democracy, everyone is a politician. ~ Ehren Watada

          by Lefty Mama on Thu Mar 25, 2010 at 08:57:50 PM PDT

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          •  PR vs. Knowledge (1+ / 0-)
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            The management of this country has gotten very complex. Even the people with the best of educations have a hard time wrapping their mind around all the angles of important legislation, so it has become easy to be swayed by opinions.

            Part of the solution is in support for education: emphasize critical thinking in government and public affairs classes. Don't just tell kids what to think: help them gather information, draw their own conclusions, and fend off PR. That's real knowledge, not savvy "knowyness".

            Last night my housemate was building an argument that California should secede from the Union. During said argument, I was greatly embarrassed by not knowing when and where various local and state politics happen. I also had to confess not understanding most things written in legalese. And I'm on the high end of the reading comprehension scale. :(

      •  further losses in Nov. for the Repugs is now (2+ / 0-)
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        breakingranks, Calamity Jean

        even more critical in demonstrating how wrong they, and the Media, are.  Every seat they gain in Nov. will be hailed by them as a complete validation of everything they scream now.
        People need to work every way they can to make Nov. a further statement that they do not represent the views of the majority of Americans.
        Their ideology needs to be marginalized, losing big at the voting booth and further proving that it doesn't represent the views held by a majority of the voting Public, and for those Conservadems that it applies regardless of the Party affiliation.

        without the ants the rainforest dies

        by aliasalias on Thu Mar 25, 2010 at 09:42:47 PM PDT

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