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We need to have a bigger argument.

People will not go to the polls in November with small, 'he said, she said' issues on their minds. They will vote for the person they believe will best benefit themselves and their families and for the candidate that offers a better future.

People also vote by their ideology. Ideology is much bigger than single issues. Your Ideology is a group of overall ideas and beliefs, how you feel about your country and how you think things should be. If a person is a Republican, it's because they believe in that form of governing. They will most likely support that belief despite the candidate running to implement it. They will defend them because they support that ideology, not support that ideology because of them.

My point is that we need to stop running solely on issues and run on our ideology. A full scale campaign about who we are and who they are.

Republicans use this to their advantage all the time...

"Democrats kill babies, we save lives"

"Democrats want big government, we support freedom"

"Democrats raise taxes, we say keep your money"

They don't let small issues and details get in the way of their messaging. They make blanket statements to establish a difference between them and us. Say whatever you want about it, it works.

There is nothing wrong with celebrating and defending our beliefs and values despite what the right says about it. Besides, by my experience if conservatives hate it, you must be doing something right.  

All you ever hear about from the left is how this person is corrupt and this person here got this much money from this corporation and so on and so on and so on....

It's not that they're wrong. Its just that we get so caught up in media politics and attacking back that we neglect to project a vision. I'm not saying that Democrats should stop attacking republicans and stop holding them accountable, quite the opposite. However, we can't forget to prop ourselves up.

You don't win elections by running against something. Just ask Walter Mondale, Tom Barrett, John Kerry or Mitt Romney on November 7th.

You win elections by being FOR something. You win by supporting a candidate, not tearing the other one down below you.

So let's have a bigger, overall message about who we are and what we stand for and who they are and what they stand for.

We love America

They seem to hate everything about it

We build things

They destroy them

We believe that people shouldn't die because they can't afford health care

They say 'Screw 'em'

We believe in an economy that works for anyone who is willing to work

They believe in corporate welfare

We have big ideas

They have no ideas

We believe in protecting the environment for our children and their children

They are selfishly willing to trash it for profits

We believe in the right to vote

They believe only voters who vote for them should have the right to vote

We fight for American workers

They fight for CEO's

We believe in social equality and deplore discrimination

They believe in discrimination and deplore social equality

We believe a woman should have control over her own body

They believe government should regulate vaginas

We believe in taking care of our nation's seniors

They say 'let them die'

We create American jobs

They send them to overseas sweatshops

We believe in education

They believe in stupidity and ignorance

We believe in rules and laws to protect society

They believe in anarchy

We believe in a government that works for everyone

They believe in a government that works for no one

We believe in people over profits

They believe in profits over people

We fight for the underdog

They are the oppressors

We believe in facts

They believe in Fox

We believe in a free country that is free from religious persecution

They believe in a strictly Christian nation

We fight for people of all ages

They fight only for fetuses

We fight to ensure the American dream

They fight to ensure the American nightmare

We believe in holding Wall Street Accountable

They believe in the checks Wall Street writes them

We believe in a government by the people and for the people

They believe in corporate fascism

We believe in a better tomorrow

They believe in returning to the 1800's

We believe in progression

They believe in regression

We believe in people

They believe corporations are people

We believe the rich should pay taxes like everyone else

They believe the rich should pay no taxes, but we should raise yours to pay for them

We believe in the constitution

They believe in a pledge from Grover Norquist

We believe in 'united we stand, divided we fall'

They believe in 'divided we stand, united we fall'

We believe in humanity

They believe in insanity

We support gay rights

They think being gay is a 'disease' that can be 'cured'

We fight in ALL Americans

They fight for rich white men

We deplore racism and bigotry

They defend it

We believe in civilization

They want to return to the wild west

We believe in hope

They rely on fear

We believe in America

They believe in money

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  •  Tip Jar (7+ / 0-)

    "They are unanimous in their hate for me, and I welcome their hatred" - FDR to Republicans in 1935

    by TheNewDeal00 on Wed Aug 01, 2012 at 09:49:05 PM PDT

  •  Excellant List (4+ / 0-)

    How can you tell when Rmoney is lying? His lips are moving. Fear is the Mind Killer

    by boophus on Wed Aug 01, 2012 at 10:22:13 PM PDT

  •  You are right. But it is ironic that a country (1+ / 0-)
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    Killer of Sacred Cows

    named the United States is so deeply divided such that there is no middle ground and it must be us and them on so many, many issues. Historically, a 2 Party System has been more stable than a Parliamentary System, but this is no longer the case. These divisions make the USA essentially ungovernable.

    I voted with my feet. Good Bye and Good Luck America!!

    by shann on Wed Aug 01, 2012 at 10:28:53 PM PDT

  •  if I may offer one correction (0+ / 0-)

    We believe in a free country that is free from religious persecution

    They believe in a strictlyTheir Flavor Christian nation

  •  TheNewDeal00 - the problem with your lists (1+ / 0-)
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    is that in the Republican list what you say about the Dems isn't something that mainstream Republicans actually say or believe. In your much longer Dem list nearly all of what you say the Republicans believe is your view of what they believe, not what they state they believe. In many cases I don't think they believe what you have stated. My guess is that you actually don't engage many Republicans in political conversations about their beliefs. Republicans don't want anarchy, that the rich should pay NO taxes or insanity, just to name a few. If you took your list and tried to make a political ad people would dismiss it as hyperbole.

    It would be very interesting to make a similar list of what each party actually will stand up and say they are for, not looking at GOP positions through a Dem lens or vice-versa. You could find it in their platform, or candidate position papers, or on the nominees web sites. I think the differences between the two parties are bright lines and there doesn't need to be any embellishment of what we think the Republicans believe, they are very open about what they believe and it's different from the Dem philosophy of governance. Why not just compare those?

    "let's talk about that"

    by VClib on Wed Aug 01, 2012 at 11:57:56 PM PDT

  •  Demonize away. It's working so well this far. n/t (1+ / 0-)
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    Andrew F Cockburn
  •  Right on target. (2+ / 0-)
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    Smoh, Andrew F Cockburn

    The whole world is in on the joke but the Republicans are able to pull the wool over their dumb as a brick about real world base.

    Did you notice the Jab England pulled in the opening ceremony of the Olympics. About how their health system is so great. And it is compared to ours.

    Conservatives supported slavery, opposed women’s suffrage, supported Jim Crow, opposed the 40-hour work week, the abolishment of child labor, and supported McCarthyism. from 'It's The Conservatism, Stupid' by Paul Waldman July 12, 2006

    by arealniceguy on Thu Aug 02, 2012 at 12:23:15 AM PDT

  •  Have have to respectively disagree with how we (0+ / 0-)

    can/will win.

    I believe this is all going to come down to who the "undecided's" feel can best improve the economy.

    It sure seems that most of the social and foreign policy issue voters have lined up behind "their" candidate.  Unless a major event or some huge gaffe occurs, nothing will change their vote.

    If the waffle voters believe President Obama can best improve the economy, this election is over.  However, it will be very close if he is unable to make that case.  Almost every commercial being run by both candidates attacks the other on this premise.  The President hammers Romney on "Bain", "outsourcing" and "tax policy".  Likewise, Romney continues to hammer "unemployment", "you didn't build it", and "the public sector is doing fine" crap.

    It sure seems both campaigns feel they have locked up their base and believe the small precentage of voters still up for grabs are going to decide based on who can best improve their economic positon.

  •  Your list is too long. (0+ / 0-)

    It should have exactly three points (the Sarah Palin approach). For example:

    We believe in fairness.
    We believe in compassion.
    We believe the government should not be for sale.

    Your list provides arguments in support of these points.

  •  I always enjoy your posts! (0+ / 0-)

    I know you don't get to post too often because you work long hours but when you do get the chance to write, your diaries are always worth reading. This is an excellent list, it has something on it that anyone from all walks of life can identify with.

    Thanks for writing, I'm already looking forward to your next post :0)

    Well behaved women rarely make history.

    by IamNotaKochsucker on Thu Aug 02, 2012 at 07:52:16 AM PDT

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