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  •  You're our ace (4.00)
    We need you and people like you.  I'm a latte-sipping blue-stater with no accent who reads too much.  I will never convert a self-identified Republican to a Democrat, no matter how I try (and I do!)

    We NEED to peel off the values crowd.  Specifically, we need credibility in the "progressivism as values" arena.  This is, from my understanding of Christianity, what "Christian Values" are all about.  You can make this argument - you can win them over.

    What can I do to help?

    -Fe Wm.

    •  Hmm... (4.00)
      If you live in Florida you could support my as-of-yet unannounced bid for State House of Reps. in '06. Starting tomorrow I'm canvassing every house I can find with a Kerry sign in there yard expressing my dissapointment that Dems didn't run anyone against the Rep incumbent and intention to return to them in the coming months for support with a petition for me to be included on the ballot.

      And anyone else here who lives in District 8 (Southwest Jacksonville and Jax Beaches/Northwest St Johns County), let me know what you think. I am certainly running on a values platform, framing it against the so-called Rep values without subjecting most resident Christians to this current topic of liberal "shock and awe". I can run a positive campaign while at the same time stripping the opponents' "morals/values"-based arguments from beneath them.

      There is nothing moral about Greed.
      There is nothing moral about Fear.
      There is nothing moral about Lies.

      •  This is the right campaign (none)
        Sadly, I'm in a bluish area of Virginia, so it would be tough to volunteer for a Florida state congressional race.  I think your message is correct, though, and I think it's the message the Dems and progressives need to take to America.  The Dems are the party that sticks up for the little guy - this is the heart of progressivism.

        Please keep us posted about your efforts.  Without knowning anything specific about you or your district, this sounds like a promising start.

        -Fe Wm.

    •  Values Crowd (none)
      We NEED to peel off the values crowd.

      No, we don't.  We need to seal off the values absolutists, and get to work on the people who care about "values" but don't approach it as a euphemism for "strangers' dirty sex habits."  Progressivism-as-values isn't going to work on Ralph Reed's crowd, but it might work on the much larger bunch just to their left, the live-and-let-live Main Street Republicans.

      •  Well... (none)
        ...I probably miscommunicated.  I know we'll never pull away homophobes and zealots who cloak their bigotry in talk of "values".  But we DO need a well-articulated and consistent "values" framework that sells.

        It's there, we just don't talk about it.  We stick up for the little guy, and we champion the oppressed and powerless.  Our party ideology embodies the values of tolerance, self-sacrifice, compassion, truth, skepticism, fairness, generosity and kindness.

        This SHOULD sell with Christians, I would think.  We've just cloaked our message in policy prescriptions for too long.  Ideology needs to take center stage.

        -Fe Wm.

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