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Last night, BlueTide wrote an excellent diary entitled You Frame the Democratic Narrative , urging Kos Members to take an active part in creating The American Covenant, a Democratic Manifesto. For months, we've been writing diaries about how Democrats need a message, a slogan, a characterization... something to create an image that the general public can relate to. Most Americans don't take time to even catch a few minutes of the 24-hour bullshit cycle, let alone blog here or anywhere else for an hour. So when they go to the polls or when their friends pass along political gossip, they need to know who we are and what we stand for... and we ought to be the ones who tell them... not the Republicans. Here is our opportunity. More below.

When I read BlueTide's diary, I was excited to take part in it. We do a lot of talking around here and sometimes we even go so far as to donate to candidates we think represent our values, but rarely does anyone take action to this level. This is our opportunity to put our heads together and create the very message we've all been yearning for. Once armed with a message, we can be the one's who spread it... when we blog, when we write to our local newspapers, when we call our representatives, when we're talking politics with friends and when we're knocking on doors and handing out fliers. This characterization is something we need and as far as I can tell, Rahm and Co. don't have a plan. If they do, it'll be a cheap Contract-with-America-esque slogan that won't carry us past 2006 if it even makes it that far. And I've yet to see a Democrat outside of Howard Dean actually reference the Six-Point Plan the DNC came up with. Sure it's vague, but it gives Democrats the opportunity to speak consistently and they're not taking it.

The point is, even if The American Covenant doesn't resonate with the public, it will at least advance our own conversation about characterizing Democrats for 2006 and beyond. So read the diary, recommend it, vote in the poll, leave a constructive comment or idea and let's crash the damn gate already!

Peace and Love

Originally posted to Andy Edgar on Tue May 30, 2006 at 11:45 AM PDT.


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  •  The American Covenant (2+ / 0-)
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    HoundDog, jlove1982

    I hate the name, it's as bad as the 'Democratic Manifesto'. How about just - Our Plan for America
    Why does it have to get into the religious bullshit. It not only sounds pretentious and pandering, but it's not even original. Keep it simple. Say what you mean. 'Covenant!'. Man, how stupid do they think people are?

    We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office. Aesop (620 - 560 BC)

    by AWhitneyBrown on Tue May 30, 2006 at 11:43:21 AM PDT

    •  That's totally not the point at all... (1+ / 0-)
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      "Our Plan for America" is a good title, I actually like it a lot. The best thing to do is to go to Blue Tide's diary and offer your suggestion on that diary.

      "The liberal soul shall be made fat, and he that watereth, shall be watered also himself." -- Proverbs 11:25

      by Potus2020 on Tue May 30, 2006 at 11:49:04 AM PDT

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      •  It a good diary. Potus2020. You (0+ / 0-)

        bring up a lot of great ideas, and I agree we should put our heads together and develop this line of thinking more.

        Lolligolli and I tried to distill the essence of a progressive political philopshy and identify core principles of the Democratic party.

        We perhaps, overdid the respect for idividual rights, rights of privacy, equality, etc. thing.  Your list is broader and probably closer to the real beleifs of most Democrats.  

        I support the general thrust of your effort, but will need more time to comment more specifically.

        Keep up the good work.  My comment above about what is the plan wasn't meant as a snark, but a challenge.  It would be great is we could all think of six or so things which most aggreed with.

        When one thinks of the GOP we think of smaller government, lower taxes, high military spending (as opposed to strengt), and a socially conservative agenda.

        Helping to bring justice back to the White House, one indictment at a time.

        by HoundDog on Tue May 30, 2006 at 11:58:31 AM PDT

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    •  I like the sounde of 'Our plan for America' (1+ / 0-)
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      MO Blue

      What is it?  :-)+++

      Helping to bring justice back to the White House, one indictment at a time.

      by HoundDog on Tue May 30, 2006 at 11:49:49 AM PDT

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    •  I don't think people are stupid (0+ / 0-)

      The name just came up. I'm not even religious. But participants could have made suggestions for name changes.

      •  I think that the Dems... (0+ / 0-)

        ... have to start using terms that convey inclusivity and an open-arms policy.  We ARE the People.  The U.S. is US. Then we have to talk about why people should want to stand with US - we want government that gives US what WE need:

        • access to health care
        • cutting-edge public education for all
        • safe highways and bridges
        • dignity at all stages of life
        • safe jobs with living wages
        • protection from bullies (in the pulpit or in the corporate offices)

        I could go on and on...

        Freedom of the press is guaranteed only to those who own one. - A.J. Liebling

        by va dare on Tue May 30, 2006 at 02:16:04 PM PDT

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      •  I'm sorry that I made that one comment... (0+ / 0-)

        ... yesterday and then abandoned the discussion. I'm very interested in what you've started here. But I sprained my ankle yesterday and couldn't sit at the computer long without it swelling and throbbing.  It's a bit better today. Thanks again for raising this.

        Freedom of the press is guaranteed only to those who own one. - A.J. Liebling

        by va dare on Tue May 30, 2006 at 02:19:39 PM PDT

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  •  Thanks for your support (1+ / 0-)
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    va dare

    I'd like to thank you for your support. I appreciate the few people that did participate in our discussion last night.

    •  I have thought about your diary ... (2+ / 0-)
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      Gorette, BlueTide

      ... and you ask questions that are not easy to answer (although very valuable nonetheless).  Need more time to formulate a "narrative," but it has been on my mind.  I think you should continue diarying on this.

      The narrative I had in mind was something on the order of using Katrina as an example.  You have a great neighborhood, everyone is helpful to each other, a disaster strikes.  Each and every member of the community does their utmost to help, but the disaster is too overwhelming and you need help from other communities who haven't been as hard-hit.  You need their resources -- hospitals, schools, all public buildings paid for by taxpayer dollars.

      I've always had the thought that no matter if you are a billionaire, you can't build your own hospitals, your own highways, trains, airports, and it's not just a matter of money.  To me, this reflects the common good and how government can aid the common good.

      Hope this makes a little sense, still thinkin' about it.

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