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  •  Progressive Values are Moral Values (3.72)
    Some friends and I in Austin, Texas are starting a meta-campaign to re-frame the values debate and take our country in a progressive direction.

     We want to share our slogan with everyone across the world so that it picks up steam.

     We are making t-shirts, buttons, signs, etc. that say "Progressive Values are Moral Values."  The trademark is a purple "V" (for Victory, peace sign, vagina, whatever) with the slogan above it.  Inside the "V" we are going to put personalized symbols--a cross, a peace sign, a flag, etc.

     This is a great slogan because it can be personalized in any way to fit a person's identity or feelings.  In a demonstration we can chant,
     "I love my partner, progressive values are moral values!"
    ---
      "I am a Christian Democrat, progressive values are moral values!"
    ---
      "I care about poverty, progressive values are moral values!"
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      "I hate war, progressive values are moral values!"

     It's plain, simple, and powerful.

     Please help pass this meme on.  Let's take our country back.

     To become a part of this campaign contact: moralvaluescampaign@hotmail.com.  We will soon have a website, a yahoo group list-serv, and we are working on a national database of progressive groups to network through.  If you have suggestions, contact us.

    "Far better it is to dare mighty things..."

    by politicsistheater on Fri Nov 05, 2004 at 01:38:41 PM PST

    •  We Are the Party of Tolerance (none)

      If I didn't read and think for myself, I could be a Republican

      by bonddad on Fri Nov 05, 2004 at 02:17:50 PM PST

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    •  I'd love to agree, but... (4.00)
      I like the initiative and am sure it's a cool looking slogan.  However, I question its basis.  

      Words like "progressive", "partner" and others have been (unfortunately) codified in our society.

      Before we continue standing behind them and shouting them out to the world, I think we need to understand how they could be interpreted by those outside of our immediate (and like-minded) groups.

      Above all else, this is playing right into the age-old trap the GOd Party loves to set:  "Here's the rules, now play by them."  It's the good ole, "me too" game, which never works.

      I'm sure Lakoff would have a few things to say about this.

      Instead of embracing "moral values", I think that we should pretend that exact phrase doesn't exist.  Get to the heart of what about it really sticks with people and exploit that.  Isn't that more along the lines of framing?

      Bumper stickers and catch phrases are great for the choir, but not necessarily the prospective parishioners.

      Instead of the word "values" (which it seems is well on it's way to being codified alongside "liberal") what about claiming the word "freedom" and working really hard to define it a la Jefferson or Franklin.  Those are names that still mean something to everyone in this country.

      It's important to celebrate, but now is the time to strategize and recruit.

      Who can we look to for help with messaging?  Libertarians?  Greens?  Both?  Neither?  Dean?

      Keep the spirit, defend the cause and never surrender!

    •  Yes yes yes (none)
      I've said it before and I'll say it again: The democratic platform is the more "moral" platform. We don't need to pander to the religious right's prejudices, we just need to be prouder about our own ideals.

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