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  •  good for you. (none)
    "No, everybody doesn't know [family values=puritan]. I don't know..."

    Congratulations. You are in the 48% of the population that we've already convinced. Good for you.

    If we start blathering on about how dedicated we are to "family values," regardless of the tricky redefinition we're attempting, the voters in the 51% will not hear it. They will hear "Ah, the Democrats are jumping on the 'family values' bandwagon. Good for them; they're finally seeing the light. I'm still voting for the party that invented 'family values,' not for these johnny-come-latelies."

    •  god damn (none)
      I have no clue how to respond to a statement as airheaded as:

      "I'm still voting for the party that invented 'family values,' not for these johnny-come-latelies." "

      A guy's watching a commercial for Pepsi. The Pepsi commercial says, "Pepsi is delicious - more delicious than Coke!" The guy isn't a confirmed Pepsi or Coke drinker; he buys a little of both now and then. But the commercial makes him think, "Gee, Coke claims to be delicious, too. I'm still drinking the soda that invented 'deliciousness,' not these johnny-come-latelies.'"

      ...except to note that once again, I  am not advocating that Democrats change their ideas. In fact, very specifically, I belive Democrats should come out IN FAVOR OF GAY MARRIAGE, and sell it not simply as a civil rights issue, but as a family values issue, because more married couples promotes more stability.

      You, however, seem to mistake marketing for reality. I'll leave you to your Coke.

      •  I like Coke. (none)
        Please, send me more Coke.

        Anyway, back to the subject. "Delicious" is not a code phrase for anything besides "tastes good." "Family Values" is a code phrase -- it means "Fuck you unless you're Ward Cleaver."

        We can keep repeating "family values" until we're blue in the face -- it'll just mean that we're Republican lite.

        Don't believe me?

        John Kerry, just last month, repeated over and over and over and over again: "I will hunt down and kill the terrorists whereever they are. I will hunt down and kill them, I will kill the terrorists whereever they are. America will hunt down and kill the terrorists, whereever they are. I will kill the terrorists."

        Who got the bounce from Osama's Last Tape? Hint: not us. We're weak on terror, don'cha know.

        We can "reclaim" all the Republican rap -- that makes us sound like Republicans.

        Still don't believe me? Want to object to that example, saying that Kerry wasn't specifically reclaiming a word, but trying to reclaim an idea? Well, whatever, let's try this one.

        Throughout the Clinton era, gay rights activists tried damn hard to "reclaim" words like queer, faggot, and gay. They figured, hey, if we can get these hate words accepted as common speech, even positive speech -- well, that just kills their power for the haters. Wouldn't it be great if people could go around positively calling each other "gay?" We can't let haters take control of our language! Time to reclaim "gay!"

        Well, that theory is soooooo gay.

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