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    Democrats have to learn to turn "ideals" (rational guiding principles) into "values" (guiding principles that gain their power through gut emotion rather than reason). The GOP has done this through the exploitation of religion to validate their position (pro-life stance, attacking gay rights, attempts to tie religion to state organizations like schools, etc). It is NOT republican ideals (lower taxes, military spending, fewer regulations on business, etc) that make people perceive them as moral. Democrats need to find a way to tie some ideals (social security, balancing the budget, helping the environment, medical care, whatever) to a powerful emotional framework in order to make them "values." This framework needs to be simple and easy-to-understand, yet so close to the hearts of Americans that it can compete with the emotional force of religion.  I agree with the strategy of evoking memory of the early days of the nation, and tying Democrat ideals to those of the Founding Fathers, implying we are the party that holds most true to those ideals.

    "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness" as a mission statement behind medical care or social programs, "give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to be free" would fit too. Similarly, it shouldn't be hard to turn protecting the environment into a value issue, saying it shows our pride in America's beauty or appreciating God's creation (exploiting religion can work both ways). Tying rational policies to such an emotionally strong framework that serves as justification makes for "values" easily digestible to Joe Sixpack.  Dems could also characterize Republicans as "attacking the Constitution" with the gay marraige ammendment and portray Dems underdog attempts to wrest the government from Republican hands as similar to the struggle in the American Revolution.  That's what I think at least.

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