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  •  And herein lies Obama's strategy (0+ / 0-)

    That sounds great.  Go ahead and try to sell Democratic Socialism or Social Democracy as a party platform here, in the U S of A, in 2008.  Just try!  Half the country thinks that Socialism + Stalin, Death Camps, Hitler and Pol Pot!  I speak from a purely pragmatic, 'how do you do it' sense.  

    It is simply not where we are.  You can't run before you can walk.  Uneducated people cannot be enticed by something they've been taught over and over again to fear and revile to the core of their beings without be re-educated and without being reassured.  

    Have you never had to convince anyone to do anything?  It takes more than a sensible argument.  It takes creating mutual trust and understanding.  It takes TIME, and unfortunately in today's politics it takes branding and marketing.  

    What Obama is doing strikes me as a WAY better way to bring Progressivism, whether as a movement or loose definition, back to the center of American discourse.  Just don't expect it to happen all at once.  

    •  The problem is (0+ / 0-)

      Obama is NOT interested in subtly moving things to the left, in bringing progressivism back to the center of American discourse.

      That doesn't mean we can push him to do that. We can. But we need to be honest with ourselves - there is no secret plan. Obama isn't some stealth left-winger. We need to take him at his centrist word.

      I'm not part of a redneck agenda - Green Day
      Neither is California High Speed Rail

      by eugene on Wed Nov 26, 2008 at 11:26:36 AM PST

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