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Dear Democratic Senators, Representatives, and other notable Democrats:

The art of controlling and shaping the battlefield of ideas has traditionally been dominated by Republicans.  "John Kerry is a flip-flopping  coward" in the 2004 Elections, the ubiquitous meme of "Democrats are weak on security", and simplifying removing ourselves from another country's civil war as "cut-and-run" are clear-cut examples of where they have succeeded in propagating easy-to-digest message morsels that are spoon-fed to an eager "some say" media that then reinforce these ideas to the public.

Throughout the life of the bill that has just been vetoed by our Commander-in-Chief, the other side has consistently denigrated us for not "supporting the troops" and for "playing games" with our troops funding, and once again successfully setting the table by somehow convincing an uncritical media that the troops currently in Iraq would somehow be denied even an iota of the supplies and necessities they currently have, an error that Senator Feingold corrected recently.

The rest of us, like Senator Feingold, know the truth, and the truth is that it is, in fact, Mr. Bush that will be denying funding to the troops.  The bill that he has vetoed would have provided funding to the troops, but not in the form of a blank check, unresponsive and ignorant to the wishes of a significant majority of Americans, but rather a recognition that this is a war that cannot be won militarily.

Subsequently, it is incumbant upon every single Democrat that will appear on any sort of news program, press conference, Op-Ed, or any other form of public communication to explicitly highlight the truth, so repeat after me:

After ignoring the will of the American people, George Bush has voted against funding our troops.

After ignoring the will of the American people, George Bush has voted against funding our troops.

After ignoring the will of the American people, George Bush has voted against funding our troops.

One more time, if you can't remember:

After ignoring the will of the American people, George Bush has voted against funding our troops.

There.  Instead of simply rebutting Republican messages, let's try and get on the offensive and control the message this time, shall we?  Listen to BarbInMD's wonderful framing as "Bush to Cut-Off Funding for Troops Today" or KagroX's "Bush abandons troops, blames brass" for examples as how to correctly frame this issue and for once put the Republicans on the defensive.


UPDATE: Thank you Keith Olbermann: "Troops Funding Denied"

Originally posted to kizzle on Tue May 01, 2007 at 05:25 PM PDT.

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Comment Preferences

  •  controlling the message---exactly (0+ / 0-)

    "After ignoring the will of the American people, George Bush has voted against funding our troops."

    Control of the message has been the 'publicans' game for years, but their messages are usually a twist of facts and framing an untruth in pretty language.

    Here, the message is true, it is true, it is true.

    roman catholic by birth---- thoroughly confused by life

    by alasmoses on Tue May 01, 2007 at 05:21:58 PM PDT

  •  The public are way out in front on this (1+ / 0-)
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    The vast majority have already written off any chance of a good outcome in Iraq and the Bush presidency in its totality.

    The only people who haven't grasped this are Democrats  working inside the Beltway. Rethugs in Washington do realize this, they just aren't telling the Dems.

  •  Bush Vetoes Funds for Troops. (2+ / 0-)
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    newfie53523, alasmoses

    That's the fucking headline. I was just on RawStory earlier - and they had a headline:  Bush Vetoes Withdrawal Plan.

    Jesus - do they just not get it? The Democrats passed funding for our troops - and Bush VETOED THE FUNDING!

    "we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex" Dwight D. Eisenhower

    by bobdevo on Tue May 01, 2007 at 06:15:36 PM PDT

  •  I just don't ever want troops without training (1+ / 0-)
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    We did it in Vietnam, and we're doing it again now--sending troops in harm's way before they have sufficient training...not to mention equipment.

    Cooks, chaplains, airmen sent to do foot patrol! Etc.

    And I'd like to see a "Patriot Tax" to fund the military.

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