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This morning, I was watching MSNBC's excuse for "Fair and Balanced" promgramming -- otherwise known as "Morning Joe".  As I was packing my Lunch, in between gulps of Coffee, I heard one of the Rightwing Regulars rattle off 4 talking points, that made my ears perk up and pause and take notice:

-- Less Govt
-- Lower Taxes
-- Less Regulations
-- Let the Private Sector Lead

These were given and reasons WHY Americans need to Vote for the GOP.

I was left thinking, What a List!

Short. Precise.

Easy to Remember. Easy to Repeat.

AND all those L's -- they just Roll off the tongue!

Why can't Dems be that pithy, with our Bullet Points,
for convincing Independents to Vote D again ...

To convince them to "Stay the Course".

I invite you to help me find a quick response to the 4 or 5 L's --

that the righties rattle off like there's an actual plan or something.

Well I took the first Point:

-- Less Govt

and asked myself, what would be an appropriate Democratic response --
of equal length and equally memorable, yet still with substance?

My reply:

-- Effective Govt

So "E" became my Letter of Alliteration.  

The Challenge die was cast.

I proceeded to match the Rightie non-thinking points
with counter balancing Democratic thinking points, thusly:

-- Effective Govt
-- Equitable Taxes
-- Enforceable Regulations
-- Enough Jobs for Everyone

Granted those don't quite "roll off the the tongue" --

BUT they are short, and memorable.

AND they ARE REAL reasons WHY Americans need to Vote Democratic -- and finish what we started

And they COULD sway an Indie, who might be buying the brainless prater from the GOTP.

Dems have an effective answer, to the prattle.   America is about "Building a We society" -- NOT a Me society!

Anyways, I invite you to help me find a quick response to the 4 or 5 L's,
designed to sway the Low-Information Voters.

Choose your own Letter, if the Alliteration angle sparks your creative side, too.


"talking briefly" is fun.

and Eeee-ffective too.

Originally posted to Digging up those Facts ... for over 8 years. on Wed Oct 27, 2010 at 06:02 PM PDT.

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Comment Preferences

  •  I'm also partial to (1+ / 0-)
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    government of the people, by the people and for the people.

    "I was a big supporter of waterboarding" - Dick Cheney 2/14/10

    by Bob Love on Wed Oct 27, 2010 at 06:52:41 PM PDT

  •  I offer to, how not to (2+ / 0-)
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    jamess, Karl Rover

    The Science of Propaganda
    Great forum with George Lakoff and others.... view or listen online:

    The book:

    "What Orwell Didn't Know: Propaganda and the New Face of American Politics"
    Edited by ANDRÁS SZÁNTÓ

    "As Lakoff tells us,

    'A few words in political language can activate large portions of the brain: War on Terror, tax relief, illegal immigration, entitlements (turned to conservative use by Ronald Reagan), death tax, property rights, abortion on demand, cut and run, flip-flop, school choice, intelligent design, spending programs, partial birth abortion, surge, spreading freedom, private accounts, individual responsibility, energy independence.

    When they are repeated every day, extensive areas of the brain are activated over and over, and this leads to brain change. Unerasable brain change.... And every time the words are repeated, all the frames and metaphors and worldview structures are activated again and strengthened -- because recurring activation strengthens neural connections. Negation doesn't help. "I'm against the War on Terror" just activates the War on Terror metaphor and strengthens what you're against. Accepting the language of issue and arguing the other side just hurts your own cause.'

    Drew Westen, a psychology professor and political consultant, supports Lakoff's statements as well as his contention that in America these techniques have been exploited far more intelligently by the political right than by the center and left, which are hampered by what Soros calls "the Enlightenment fallacy" -- that is, the fallacious assumption (dating from the 18th century) that freedom of thought and speech will ensure that reason will prevail. The media and the Democratic leadership, Westen says, are unwittingly "smuggling Trojan horses into popular discourse" by parroting terminology created by those in power, "essentially advertising the 'product line' of the Republican party and selling its 'brand.' "

    From Barnes & Noble book review by Brooke Allen:


    Progressives, he shows, have been suckers for a myth of human cognition he labels the enlightenment model. This holds that people make rational decisions by assessing facts. All that has to be done to persuade people is to lay out the data: they will then use it to decide which options best support their interests and desires.


    Our social identity is formed by a mixture of values. But psychological tests in nearly 70 countries show that values cluster in remarkably consistent patterns. Those who strongly value financial success, for example, have less empathy, stronger manipulative tendencies, a stronger attraction to hierarchy and inequality, stronger prejudices towards strangers and less concern about human rights and the environment. Those with a strong sense of self-acceptance have more empathy and greater concern for human rights, social justice and the environment. These values suppress each other: the stronger someone's extrinsic aspirations, the weaker his or her intrinsic goals.

    We are not born with our values. They are shaped by the social environment. By changing our perception of what is normal and acceptable, politics alters our minds as much as our circumstances.


    A Perfect Democratic Speech:

    Reagan Campaigned for Truman in 1948


    How to Sell. How to Write?
    "Pitch Perfect"


    How to argue.

    Brain Science. Politics. Democrats and Republicans.
    The Power of Political Misinformation.

    Media Reform Action Link

    by LNK on Wed Oct 27, 2010 at 06:53:33 PM PDT

  •  Nicely done. n/t (1+ / 0-)
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    Don't tell me what you believe. Tell me what you do and I'll tell you what you believe.

    by Meteor Blades on Wed Oct 27, 2010 at 06:54:26 PM PDT

  •  Embedded version of BEST DEM SPEECH (1+ / 0-)
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    This was just before Reagan was seduced by the promise of rekindling his fame and fortune....Nancy Reagan's father was a well-placed Republican.

    Media Reform Action Link

    by LNK on Wed Oct 27, 2010 at 07:00:42 PM PDT

  •  If you believe that to govern is to rule, (1+ / 0-)
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    then you don't want effective government.  Think of it as daddy with a switch.  When it's your hind he's after, you want him to miss.

    If you believe life is a contest and regulators are on the other guy's side, then you don't want the regulations to work.

    Conservatives have it easy because their base lives in a bi-polar world.  There are always two options and only two.  So, to be for something, you can say your against its opposite, or vice versa, depending on what the audience wants to believe.  When you marry preconceived notions with bi-polarity, it's not possible to do more than turn the base on and off.  

    The conservative mind relies mainly on what is plain to see.

    by hannah on Wed Oct 27, 2010 at 11:24:54 PM PDT

    •  I heard this dynamic explained as (0+ / 0-)

      Republicans are looking for an Authority figure.

      Democrats are looking for a Helpful friend.

      In their Leaders, and Reps.

      Thanks hannah for the interesting observations.

      Where's the Note?    -- SEIU

      by jamess on Thu Oct 28, 2010 at 05:43:27 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

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