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  •  It's less about creating third parties, and more (7+ / 0-)

    about the demographics you're dealing with in individual elections.  You can create parties until you're blue in the face, but you can't change public opinion by fiat.  That's much harder, longer, more dedicated work, and it's pretty much what the diarist is getting at here.

    Saint, n. A dead sinner revised and edited. - Ambrose Bierce

    by pico on Tue Nov 02, 2010 at 11:32:15 PM PDT

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    •  We have a serious education problem in this (0+ / 0-)

      country.  As long as our electorate does not understand the basics of how their government works and how business works or their basic history, we will never make much progress.  You cannot undo 40 years of stupid.

      "When fascism comes to America, it'll be wrapped in a flag and carrying a cross." Sinclair Lewis

      by lakehillsliberal on Wed Nov 03, 2010 at 12:32:59 AM PDT

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    •  You change public opinion with messaging (1+ / 0-)
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      and volume.

      In the case of today, that means bypassing the corporate media, full stop.

      Competing with Corporate Dollars and giving those corporate dollars to the corporate media to fund more corporate propaganda, or "Public Opinion", is not a good way to proceed.

      The Demographics are there, for sure, but the only message that is pushed is corporate sponsored and thus lays the blame at government's, and by extension, the People's feet.

      Unfortunately, I don't think there's a whole lot of time.

      The only thing we have going for us is that the current corporate system - Grow or Die - is eating itself alive, and nobody believes.

      Democracy - 1 person 1 vote. Free Markets - More dollars more power.

      by k9disc on Wed Nov 03, 2010 at 01:35:35 AM PDT

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