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As a party, the Republicans have done some things right. They have a strong national identity, and due to their natural inclination to congregate at religious institutions, they tend to meet frequently. Because they have a more rigid set of beliefs than the open and progressive Democratic party, it is easier to discuss and understand those beliefs. Letter campaigns, post cards, and mass mailers have been favorite Republican tactics. Simply put, as a party, they seem to have achieved a national cohesion that we lack.

The question is now, how do we gain that?

It is my belief that the Democratic party must form a strong national identity. We must have a powerful message, and a way to deliver that message quickly to those who support it, and might support it. We need an infrastructure that will allow us to coordinate national efforts on behalf of local candidates, that will enable us to easily understand local issues and channel funds on all levels to get our candidates in office. You may not have a senator up for re-election in 2006, but our money could be useful in places that do.

The 'grassroots' and technology methods have shown that we can raise substantial amounts of money, so how do we prop this up and make it a permanent thing. Web sites, email lists, mass mailers, and the like all spring to mind.

Now, dKOS is a great place to get the ball rolling, but there should be more. There are democrats who are not attracted to this site, for a number of reasons, just as sites like Slashdot do not attract the MAJORITY of technical users, for mostly the same reasons.

How do we go about building a neutral, accessible, and emcompassing coalition to spread our goals throughout the country, from the lowest level to the highest office?

DISCUSS!

Originally posted to cognizant on Thu Dec 02, 2004 at 12:53 PM PST.

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  •  The GOP has splits too. (none)
    They can't get the President and the House on the same page on intelligence reform.

    The President wants easier immigration, but lots of GOP types want less, like Tom Tancredo.

    Some want tax cuts, others want balanced budgets.

    Some believe that they shouldn't be led by indicted criminal defendants, others do.

    Some favor states rights, others want a stong national government to enforce values on everyone.

    Despite an official pro-life stance, many prominent GOPers like Arnold and Rudy, are pro-choice.

    Some want globalization (the corporate CEOs), others want isolation (the get us out of the UN conspiracy types).

    Some thrive on anti-gay politics, others are sickened by that and just want their tax cuts.

    •  Yup... (none)
      ..I absolutely agree with you. There are, in fact, more splits on the Republican side than there are on the democratic side, in my opinion. It comes with the territory of being the party of inclusion.

      We need to present a strong front that can truly leverage these splits. We need to be ready to fight the republicans on every level, from city and county officials, all the way to president. That means keeping track of candidates, what they stand for, how they campaigned, what worked for who, and how much. The Democratic party isn't just made up of our representatives, but also and MAINLY by those they represent. It is our duty just as much as their campaign manager or their boosters to create a national effort that can bolster ANY democratic cause, in any part of the country, so we can get democrats back into office in all levels of government.

      And we need messages that work, that are consistent and represent very simply the things that we stand for. Who can argue effectively against things like 'tolerance', 'privacy', 'acceptance', and 'equality'? And those are the things that WE own, because the Republicans have squandered their share.

      Obviously, there are democrats who disagree on things. But we all generally agree on what is truly important, so how do we take that energy, and make it something big?

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