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Tactics.

Compromising first and depending on rational thought from people waking up to the fact that their world has changed. The country we all read about in History and Government classes doesn't exist and we are on the fast track to Tyranny and exploitation. Populism seethes throughout our body politic.

Rational thought and compromise is not the basket to put all of one's eggs in during a populist moment.

The Republican party understand this and have been delivering a strong message of NO! Principled and strong, even Angry, "No!" Like it or not, it's not a bad political tack during tumultuous times.

Republican Saboteurs
Democrats do not understand messaging and have actually branded the Republicans 'The Party of No', leaving the message of principle opposition intact and missing the greater point:
Republicans are Saboteurs. They are acting in bad faith and are attempting to sabotage our future to serve their ideology. They don't want a functional government. Their job is to destroy government. Period.

Once we've successfully articulated the Saboteur frame, we are then free to attack their formerly principled "No!" stance as the petty political argument it is and get down to the brass tacks of the not so public message of sabotaging government to make it easier to dismantle public protections and privatize vital public functions like water management, public safety, public health, transportation, military, etc. Privatize everything.

We can then paint them into corner after corner.

"You don't care about quality healthcare. All you care about is public sector failure. It must drive you crazy that Medicare and social security are still around. Why don't you tell us again why we shouldn't leverage the collective might of the American People to get cheaper drugs? Just own up to it and tell us how a government should not help it's Citizens."

"You don't care about Issue X. All you care about is public sector failure. It must drive you crazy that Program X and Program Y are still around and successful. Just own up to the fact that you don't believe in working for citizens.."

The Saboteur frame is extremely powerful, IMHO, and quite apt. It puts them on defense and calls into question the motivation for all action. It is dark and nefarious and full of distrust.

Used often enough and harsh enough and we might be able to make them own up to it. If they own up to their ideology they lose. If they back away from their ideology, they lose. If they start to second guess their political actions out of fear of playing into the Saboteur frame, they lose.

This puts the good guys on offense and makes the bad guys reluctant to speak.

Perhaps we could make this happen:

Originally posted to k9disc on Wed Jan 20, 2010 at 04:56 AM PST.

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  •  Tip Jar (4+ / 0-)

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

    by k9disc on Wed Jan 20, 2010 at 04:56:17 AM PST

  •  I think the message should be "Regressives" (1+ / 0-)
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    They want to turn back the clock.  A womans place is in the home.  Repeal Roe v Wade.  Oh and tax cuts solves everything.  As long as it's only for the rich.  All that crap.

    Cheney/Inhofe 2012. If a teabagger can win in Mass then anything is possible and America is doomed to fail anyways. May as well go all in!

    by thestupiditburns on Wed Jan 20, 2010 at 05:39:38 AM PST

  •  I dunno (0+ / 0-)

    It seems like this vilification is an over-simplification. I am quite sure that many conservatives and republicans are not obsessed with public sector failure, at least in the terms you paint them to be.

    Portraying the other side as mindless drones intent on ruining society for "abstract ideas" that they apparently don't even understand seems to me as intellectually ineffective as the other side calling liberals the same thing, just in reverse.

    I just don't think this theory would really work, with respect, because it wouldn't necessarily hold to up to reality, and isn't the slam dunk it is portrayed as, at least across the continuum.

    "Preach the Gospel at all times and when necessary use words." - St. Francis of Assisi

    by stokecityfan12 on Wed Jan 20, 2010 at 05:50:20 AM PST

    •  I disagree. (0+ / 0-)

      Conventional political wisdom says "Drown it in the Bathtub."

      The hollowing out of Government since Reagan has been nothing short of breathtaking.

      The army can't feed itself. The Army can't defend Civilian Government in combat zones. Those things have been contracted out - Privatized.

      It used to be an argument of mine against conservative privatization of vital public services,"You'll never see them calling for Privatization of the Military... Why? It's too important."

      Not anymore.

      I don't think there's any realistic way to look at our political situation and not see that Republicans are incompatible with a Government that looks after the General Welfare of it's people and representative self governance.

      The market cannot plan for the future and cannot control itself. Will they burn food rather than lose profit?

      The only other option currently lying around is for us as a nation to blame government and further eviscerate our ability to self govern which will leave us totally open to exploitation by powerful interests. That's what happened in Mass, IMHO, and that's what's been happening for decades.

      Reps eviscerate government, threatening to 'starve the beast', attack Medicare and Social Security, renounce government as a tool for social benefit, then get into office and totally fuck it up. They hock everything in the joint.

      How many times are we going to let that happen and then lift them up, dust them off and let them start talking about 'Tax Relief'.

      Republicans don't believe that government can work for and protect it's citizens and they are sabotaging our future to ensure that it is always so.

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

      by k9disc on Wed Jan 20, 2010 at 06:09:48 AM PST

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