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  •  I think a lot of this comes down to (2+ / 0-)
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    JekyllnHyde, sneakers563

    these "liberal intellectuals" forgetting what it is that people care most about when they pull that lever/color that circle--the ideals of the man/woman/party they are voting for/against. Ideals can be explained quite simply (usually); "I am for a government that can protect me."
    What that means is manifold--using myself as an example, as a liberal, I want protection from big business, mostly, from ruining my life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness--but the statement itself is short and comprehensible to all, especially when opposed by someone who actually disagrees.
    The problem arises because most of the people on our side don't start with that kind of "big picture" statement, instead choosing to go straight to the meaning of it, without actually stating it. Most, if not all lefty commentators/pols start their discussions by talking about policies, or enemies, or even specific examples of how a governmental program helped a "friend" of theirs. Those discussions are helpful if someone agrees with you, but useless when trying to explain what you believe in, because no one will put those pieces of your puzzle together in their own head. It's simply too much data to process in the short time you have their attention. Make the bold, declarative statement first, then back it up with your stories and examples. Odds are, the listener will forget your supporting evidence, but will hopefully remember your stated ideals. We know this is what happens, because a common charge against liberals is that people "don't know what they stand for." That, and the fact that the Republican Party still exists and still wins elections.

    •  Except that (0+ / 0-)

      the Republicans have convinced half the country that what they really want is to be protected from government.  'A government that can protect me' is about the last thing they want, since they dispute that government is even capable of such a thing.

      I agree with the sentiment, but there are prior arguments about the nature of government and what it means to protect the citizenry that need to be won.

      To believe that markets determine value is to believe that milk comes from plastic bottles. Bromley (1985)

      by sneakers563 on Mon May 23, 2011 at 11:32:39 PM PDT

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