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As you know we just took a beat down out here in rural WI.  We were somewhat broadsided by the extent to which our community bought into the “recall is unfair” message.  We really weren't hearing it from folks that much until right at the end when it was too late to counter the message.

It is a great example of how Republicans effectively pull off what I call the 180-degree lie:

First, they attack the right to collectively bargain which was rightly perceived as unfair by most Wisconsin citizens.  Then they proceed to attack voting rights, women’s rights, etc.  To win after having enacted such an unprecedented series of unfair attacks, they had to reverse people's sense of outrage.  They did it by impugning the recall over and over again until many voters perceived the recall itself as more unfair than taking away fundamental rights.  Doing so provided those voters an outlet for their frustration and a sense of justice having been served.

Well there really is no rest for the wicked.  It seems they are about to do it again out here in rural, Wisconsin -- this time to defeat Obama on access to contraceptives.

A local Republican, Dr. Aharon Zorea, Assistant Professor of History at University of Wisconsin - Richland plans to moderate a forum:

"First Freedom: Religious Liberty and the Dignity of the Human Person".
Wednesday, June 20, 2012 at 7:00 pm
UW-Richland Coppertop Theatre
1200 Hwy 14 West ~ Richland Center, WI

Zorea has published a right wing history of contraception, Birth Control (Health and Medical Issues Today).  He is the leader of the Young Republicans on campus.  The other panelists are also conservative leaders with one possible moderate (we'll see Wednesday evening).  All are men -- it goes without saying.

Republicans spent the year trying to restrict access to contraception.  They have impugned Obama's health care plan in general and continue to confuse voters on Obama's religious faith.   Now I believe they plan to make voters forget their unpopular positions on contraception and frame the contraception issue as an unprecedented attack on religious freedom.

This is an evil genius plan.  A recent Greenberg-Quinlan-Rosner poll commissioned by Planned Parenthood shows both solid support for access to contraceptives and a perception that Democrats are weak on protecting religious freedom.  This poll was conducted in heavily rural swing states including Wisconsin.  The Republicans plan to make hay out of the lawsuits by Notre Dame and other religious institutions.  If we don't stop them they will turn public outrage about Republican attacks on contraception into November voters fearing for their religious freedom.  Richland is a swing county that leans Democratic in presidential races.  It is rural, elderly, and religious.  We must find a way to effectively neutralize or gain an advantage on this now.  

Originally posted to ruralWIS on Thu Jun 14, 2012 at 05:53 PM PDT.

Also republished by Badger State Progressive, ClassWarfare Newsletter: WallStreet VS Working Class Global Occupy movement, and Progressive Hippie.

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  •  There is a way to do this. (4+ / 0-)
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    myboo, antirove, ruralWIS, Calamity Jean

    I believe it is Kathleen Vinehout who said something about the idea that making sure people have access to sex education and birth control can mean that there will be less abortions. I don't remember where I read it. If I find it I will post the link.

    We know that access to birth control can mean healthier lives for women, men and families. There must be a way to promote good health care that includes women's issues in a religously sensitive way.

  •  We need to get the true message out (3+ / 0-)
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    ruralWIS, rosarugosa, Calamity Jean

    The Republicans are NOT the party of freedom & morality. They are against freedom and what they are doing to Americans in the name of a permanent Republican majority is IMMORAL.
    It's WAY past time to expose the elephant for what it truly is: a symbol of dishonesty.  This message needs to be hammered again and again in the media.

    As of right now, I loathe all anti-choice politicians with an intensity greater than the radiation output of a thousand suns. 3.13.12

    by GenuineRisk on Thu Jun 14, 2012 at 08:47:57 PM PDT

    •  Agreed, but freedom is a powerful frame for their (2+ / 0-)
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      messages.  We always try to convince people of the righteousness of our arguments while they are very good at blowing us right out of the water by using powerful human emotions.  They use the American story of freedom, liberty and self-reliance to talk about every one of their issues.  What is our overarching story, and how do we use it to frame our issues better so they appeal at a gut level to middle American, rural voters?

      •  People have the right to determine what is best (1+ / 0-)
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        ruralWIS

        for their bodies and their families, government needs to get out of bedrooms and relationships.

        Robber Baron "ReTHUGisms": John D. Rockefeller -"The way to make money is to buy when blood is running in the streets"; Jay Gould -"I can hire one half of the working class to kill the other half."

        by ranton on Thu Jun 14, 2012 at 10:31:40 PM PDT

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        •  I agree...but (2+ / 0-)
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          While I agree with your message, I don't think that language will win many over. I have a family full of right wing religious. They would hear that and associate it with the "If it feels good it must be ok" argument and immediately dismiss it. Don't get me wrong, I don't know what the "right" message is, though, because Lord knows I've been trying in vain for a long time.

          •  I know...how to reason with those who claim (2+ / 0-)
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            to be for liberty and freedom while having a strong authoritarian bent...the mental dissonance is stunning!

            Robber Baron "ReTHUGisms": John D. Rockefeller -"The way to make money is to buy when blood is running in the streets"; Jay Gould -"I can hire one half of the working class to kill the other half."

            by ranton on Fri Jun 15, 2012 at 09:38:10 AM PDT

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  •  Well, he's a better campaigner than we are (0+ / 0-)

    you know? Maybe he has a plan. I would bet he has a plan worked out for the entire campaign.  He seems like the kind of guy who would do that.

    All this back seat driving is a mind fuck.

    O great creator of being grant us one more hour to perform our art and perfect our lives. ::: Jim Morrison :::

    by Kevanlove on Fri Jun 15, 2012 at 12:04:29 AM PDT

    •  I'm sure he does but we on the ground need to know (1+ / 0-)
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      more about that plan to be effective in our local areas.  And you may not realize it but often Democratic national strategies have a very minimal plan in rural areas because they concede them rather than fight for them.

  •  Don't write off elderly (2+ / 0-)
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    Catholics use contraception and abortion the same as everyone else.  It won't hurt to remind them that if the Catholic hierarchy gets its way on this issue, it will have the force of government to enforce Catholic dogma on everyone of any or no religious belief.

    As for the elderly, we were young once and remember the fear of untimely pregnancy poisoning our relationships.  Do we really want to inflict that on our children and grandchildren?

    Don't look back, something may be gaining on you. - L. "Satchel" Paige

    by arlene on Fri Jun 15, 2012 at 06:31:13 AM PDT

  •  Tipped, recced and republished to (0+ / 0-)

    I started with nothing and still have most of it left. - Seasick Steve

    by ruleoflaw on Fri Jun 15, 2012 at 04:16:50 PM PDT

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