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I just watched Harold Schaitberger of the IAFF (fire fighter's union) on The Ed Show tell America (and more importantly Congress) that they are pausing their contributions and investments to Democrats at the national level. His reason, Democrats are not unified in their strategy and communication to stand up for middle class America. This in the wake of the Republican assault on workers' rights.

The solution:

I like your idea of investing your time and money into local and state elections. If you want to end your (and my) frustrations about Democrats in Congress not being unified with a single voice, following a unified strategy and communicating our values then lets work to change the old saying "Republicans are afraid of their base while Democrats are embarrassed by their base."

Invest in the following:

Progressive Talk Radio -- This will help communicate a clear Progressive message so that America knows where we stand. No longer would 10 members of Congress be trying to come up with ten different ways to say the same thing. In time, they would use the standard Progressive talking points/language as Conservatives do today.

Develop State-Based think tanks -- Conservatives have been investing heavily into ideas and communicating those ideas for a generation. Its clear that Republican talking heads, elected officials and Conservative talk radio bring their talking points and values to people constantly but America does not see how Conservative think tanks lay the groundwork in a stealthy manner. A network of Progressive state-based think tanks would be able to regularly develop, articulate and communicate Progressive ideas and values in local/state media on a regular basis. Their (well framed) policy positions would be regularly read by elected officials and staffers. Many legislators are not experts, so when the experts (think tanks) provide them with a position, they will often sway that way.

Invest in a language think tank (ideally this would have been The Rockridge Institute). Words have a deeper meaning than most of us realize, a Progressive language think tank helps explore and define the best language to use. Using specific words to frame a position will change peoples' minds (literally rewire). Conservatives know this and have spend millions (if not billions) over a generation and have been aggressive at making sure Conservatives ALL stay on message. Conservative discipline with language is unparalleled and its time Progressives understand the value of staying on message for the greater good.

This is my advice not just to the IAFF but to all Progressives. Small donors, wealthy Progressives, unions, attorneys and organizations who wish to build a stronger Democratic Party who supports our values.

Lets invest in Progressive infrastructure today so that the Democratic Party will stand for our values.

Thank you for reading,
- Jim Amatucci, Progressive Strategist


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  •  Tip Jar (6+ / 0-)
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    Pluto, antooo, Lorikeet, etbnc, Sunspots, papicek

    Help fund the Progressive movement. Free.

    by jamatucci1 on Tue Apr 26, 2011 at 08:42:36 PM PDT

  •  I'm a big fan of think tanks. (0+ / 0-)

    And, actually, I don't care what they think.

    As long as they think.

    And, if they do, and are devoted to constant reality checks, facts, and numbers and actual fact-based outcomes -- they tend to be progressive without even trying.

    •  I semi-agree with you (2+ / 0-)
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      Pluto, Sunspots

      I'm a big fan of think tanks too. I agree, truly non-partisan think tanks tend to be Progressive in nature. I do care what they think though. Accuracy, value based policy is what I want.

      Help fund the Progressive movement. Free.

      by jamatucci1 on Tue Apr 26, 2011 at 08:55:31 PM PDT

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  •  Progressive Congress News (0+ / 0-)

    Progressive Congress News

     And many other things that are not yet shown in public. The solutions exist, being starved of funding won't help the grassroots effort to re-energize the Democratic party.

     But if they're going to stop pouring money into non-producers in D.C. .... YAY!

    •  Fully fund the grassroots, end the DC go-no-where (2+ / 0-)
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      money to US Reps and Senators who fail to act together as a unified group. Instead of $5,000 to X Democratic Congressman from California, invest that same money into building UP the grassroots infrastructure of ideas and communication. Great idea with Progressive Congress News!

      Help fund the Progressive movement. Free.

      by jamatucci1 on Tue Apr 26, 2011 at 09:15:50 PM PDT

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      •  Democrats share what you give (0+ / 0-)

        They're required to give X much to a group fund that goes disproportionately to Blue Dogs candidates.  Maybe because so few people are willing to contribute directly to them?

        •  I believe different members are given different (0+ / 0-)

          are given different quotas to donate to the fund. They do not all do so. They go by the theory that a Democrat is better than a Republican. Often true, but its direct causation (conservative) thinking. They should think about side the box, fund ideas to help expand the popularity of our ideas.

          Help fund the Progressive movement. Free.

          by jamatucci1 on Wed Apr 27, 2011 at 07:43:46 AM PDT

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  •  Yep. I'm just amazed that Diaries (1+ / 0-)
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    like this one die a quick death here on Daily Kos. Organize? Actually get off my dead ass and do something? Fund think tanks? Are you out of your flipping mind?! I'm here for the pootie diaries! I'm here for the entertainment! Work? Spend money? Are you f*cking nuts?!

    •  Yeah, its unfortunate (2+ / 0-)
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      Sunspots, winkk

      I guess its not a "sexy" issue, oh well. I will keep at it, in time people will understand and come around. It will just take a better strategy to get people to understand.

      Help fund the Progressive movement. Free.

      by jamatucci1 on Wed Apr 27, 2011 at 06:18:24 AM PDT

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  •  Sane & Effective Strategy (1+ / 0-)
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    Why so few responses?

    •  I wish I knew, perhaps its time for a... (2+ / 0-)
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      Sunspots, katiec

      Perhaps its time for a Strategy/Communications group here on dKos. A group to develop Progressive strategy and communicate that to the people of the dKos community and the Progressive movement. Change minds for a better future.

      Help fund the Progressive movement. Free.

      by jamatucci1 on Wed Apr 27, 2011 at 06:16:12 AM PDT

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      •  I'd love to see this happen.... (0+ / 0-)

        and is really the ONLY reason I joined DKos.  I could care less about some of the endless debates.  The question is "What's To Be Done'?  --  as in doing....

        I'd be happy to help in any way possible.

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