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    about the members of such communities feeling compelled to express identification lest they be denied feelings of acceptance -- I would like to add that it isn't that the Republicans are "good" at using this kind of language so much as it's that the people who support them have been psychologically conditioned to respond to only that type of language.  (The fact that anyone, Republican or otherwise, is considered "good" at communicating in this way probably betrays more about their upbringing than about their possession of a "skill".)

    This raises the question of how this perspective ought to inform the Democratic strategy.  Is it just to "win them over" through using authoritarian language?  I don't know if the Dem's issues can be framed in such language.

    •  There's a lot of truth in that. (none)
      A good example is the contention that anyone who expresses doubt about the war in Iraq, or even factually reports the number of dead, is not "supporting the troops."  A fallacy, yes, but that doesn't seem to impair its effectiveness with those who have been conditioned to go into "loyalty mode" whenever we're at war.  A lot more Dems, I'll bet, tend to go into "opposition mode" or at least "question mode" during a war, so they're more receptive to the troublesome facts and less likely to take it personally when someone reports them.  

      The difficulty is that we Dems have identified ourselves as the party that respects difference and dissent, and it's a lot harder to invoke that gut-level loyalty across lines of difference and dissent.  

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      by yella dawg dem on Mon Nov 22, 2004 at 06:37:41 AM PST

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