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  •  Spot on ... (none)
    I've written a version of this in a couple of diaries and in the ever-revolving "Open-Thread"

    I am of the firm belief that the three "G's" (God, Guns and Gays) is a fear driven message that only works if the other side does not offer positive solutions to people's problems. Fear only works when people have lost hope. You articulated perfectly that what people have lost hope in is the ability for Gov't to have a positive role in helping to improve people's lives.

    We didn't get beat on "values". We got beat by not staying with a positive message that makes the values/fear argument seem silly. The GOP knows this all too well. They do a great job of changing the subject and pumping up the static (any of Cheney's speeches will illustrate this perfectly) to keep us from moving a positive agenda forward. Politics abhors the vacuum, and whoosh ... in comes the "values" argument.

    Fear is irrational thought. A message of hope -- combined with reasoned solutions (aka new trust in government) will win elections for a long time to come.

    "Without deviation from the norm, progress is not possible" -- Frank Zappa (Man, could we use him now)
    •  asdf (none)
      thanks!!  I needed that!  the next step, I hope, for the dKos community is to start implementing all of our great ideas, and track them.  best regards --
    •  I agree with both of you. (none)
      In fact, I had a similar take on the issue in my own diary, which has also sunk.

      The Dems need to know who they are.  From that, we can define our own vision and message, rather than letting the Republicans do it for us.  Let the people know who we are.  Let them get to know us.  Most of the country doesn't vote on specific issues.  They vote on gut feeling.  Give the people a clear vision they can see, relate to, and be inspired by.  Connect with the people.  Make them understand you.  They'll come to trust you.  And they'll vote for you.

      Think about it - wasn't that part of the beauty of the Dean campaign?

      "We are trying to change the tones in the state capitals -- and turn them toward bitter nastiness and partisanship." - Grover Norquist

      by yatdave on Fri Nov 05, 2004 at 03:54:20 PM PST

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