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So how do we get our people fired up to get out there and vote?

We all know how tremendously important turnout is on election day, especially in off year elections.

I firmly believe that what motivates Democrats and Republicans to vote are entirely different things, even when boiled down to the base emotions entwined with each parties base. The GOP operates on fear, the Democratic party does not. As odious as the GOP and their failed ideas have become that alone is not enough to get people to vote against the GOP in off year elections. We need to give people something to vote FOR when they vote Democratic.

It is my belief that the things that motivate democrats and left-leaning voters to get out and vote on election day are truly steeped in hope. The hope that things get better. Fear doesn't motivate the left. Optimism is what motivates the left, but it can't be empty optimism either.

To that end I'd like to open a discussion on HOW to get people motivated to vote, and I think the key to that is a policy issue.

I believe we need our own version of the "Contract with America", something short and sweet written in language anyone can easily communicate that expresses the goals and policy solutions that Democratic officials should be driving towards. The Democratic party has a platform, it is a long read and full of wonky stuff that fall flat on the ears of people who are not political junkies. We need to compress and refine that platform into a contract and a pledge that states clearly "This is what we stand for, this is what we will do when elected, and this is what you stand to gain when you vote for Democrats"

So a couple of friends and I have been trying to boil down an easy one or two page statement, something that anyone can print off and show to their fellow citizens and elected officials. Something that not only clearly articulates HOW we are going to solve the many problems Americans are facing but also a document that will allow us to hold our elected officials feet to the fire once they are in office.

On that subject, regarding policy, I'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments below. I have my own ideas which I will share later in this post but I'd love to hear the opinions of other people who want to Get Out The Vote and start making a difference.

Because if we want to seriously start winning in states that are demographically shifting blue, states like Texas, Georgia and North Carolina, if we want to start electing solid Democrats instead of GOP-lite industry shills in places where Dems are guaranteed to win like New York and California we need to start giving Democratic leaning voters something to vote FOR instead of just pointing to Republicans as something to vote against.

More below the fold . . .

Now, this isn't just important for the upcoming mid-terms, but for the future of the Democratic party going forward. What kind of Democratic party do you want to see in the future? One that keeps drifting right and into the arms of the special interests or one that truly fights for what is in the best interests of all Americans?

This isn't about winning one election or one election cycle, this is about building the Democratic party of the future.

And the only way to do that is for activists and regular people to stand up, get involved and do something about it.

So let's start putting together a short policy proposal. A "contract" if you will. Republicans have used these sorts of tactics against us in the past, often effectively, why can't we use these same tactics for the common good instead of the good of the special interests as so often occurs under GOP rule?

Because clearly, selling GOP-lite policies and politicians in rural districts and states isn't winning. There is a reason Elizabeth Warren can barnstorm in these rural districts and get people fired up in a way that "conservative" democrats can not. To quote President Truman . . .

I've seen it happen time after time. When the Democratic candidate allows himself to be put on the defensive and starts apologizing for the New Deal and the fair Deal, and says he really doesn't believe in them, he is sure to lose. The people don't want a phony Democrat. If it's a choice between a genuine Republican, and a Republican in Democratic clothing, the people will choose the genuine article, every time; that is, they will take a Republican before they will a phony Democrat, and I don't want any phony Democratic candidates in this campaign.
  Are we allowed to have policy differences? Sure! I don't think anyone wants the Democratic party to become a monolith, but we need to have some every basic common goals and understandings that we can easily explain to the average voter that lets them know exactly what is at stake on election day and why they should be there, voting in their best interest for the Democratic party.

   Because you don't win friends with salad. And you don't get people fired up to vote for Democrats by adopting conservative framing and starting a negotiation with half-hearted compromises. You have to go big or your base tends to stay home.

   So, how do we differentiate ourselves from the GOP and fire up our base to turnout on election day? With good policy, and the best part, the easy part is that Democratic policies are already tremendously popular. We, as activists, simply must do a better job selling our ideas.

    As for the policy bit, I don't want to get too far into detail in what I think because I want to see what you have to say in the comments below, but I think a few basic principles to build around are fairly obvious. Some examples would be . . .

1. Basic Fairness Issues (raising wages, equal pay for equal work, student loan refinancing, net neutrality and comprehensive immigration reform would fall under this category)

2. Tax Reform (A Progressive tax code, eliminating tax loopholes for corporations, reinstating inheritance taxes and bolstering social security would fit in here, among other ideas)

3. Fair Elections and Less Corruption in Government (Overturning Citizens United and McCutcheon, passing disclosure laws like the DISCLOSE Act and other ideas to broaden the franchise for American voters fit here)

4. Celebrating and Building On Our Accomplishments (Supporting and Improving Obamacare as well as recognizing that Climate Change/Pollution is real and taking necessary actions, among a plethora of other ideas would fit here)

   Remember, this is just a start, and I am looking forward to the input others will provide.

   My hope is to set up a website in the next few weeks with a few other people where we can iron out a short platform for Democrats. Call it a contract, a pledge, whatever, but something solid, short and sweet that we can take to American voters as a means of showing them the exact differences between the two parties and why they should vote Democratic. Concurrently this contract, once ironed out, can and should be brought before elected officials to hold their feet to the fire.

   I want a Democratic party worth voting for, one that wins elections and delivers on promises. I hope you do too.

   Now, let's talk about how to achieve that.

   I leave the floor to you.

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Originally posted to MinistryOfTruth on Tue Aug 12, 2014 at 10:49 AM PDT.

Also republished by GOTV 2014.

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  •  Tips for fighting back (202+ / 0-)
       I don't care how much money the power lobby puts into this campaign against us. I don't care what lies and smears they put out. There is a principle here which goes to the welfare of the country. And we are going to stick to it. We are going to win on it.

    ~President Harry Truman

    Regulate banks, not vaginas

    by MinistryOfTruth on Tue Aug 12, 2014 at 10:48:43 AM PDT

    •  How about starting here: (6+ / 0-)

      Please note that lamps in the Magic Lamp Emporium are on a genie time-share program so there may be a slight delay in wish fulfillment. (◕‿◕)

      by Mopshell on Tue Aug 12, 2014 at 05:16:05 PM PDT

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      •  I don't think we need educating (9+ / 0-)

        on agenda so much as we need to overcome the financial disincentive to vote.

        Bosses don't legally have to give time off and at the low wage level, simply do not. People who don't have their own car - don't vote.

        Next time you are at a fast food joint, or at a supermarket or any store, simply ask the person behind the counter if it is going to easy or difficult for them to vote this November.

        Would it mean them doing without an hour's pay - (or more?) to get to the voting booth in time before it closes? Do they have a chance of getting to the voting booth by closing if they vote after work? Do they need to get kids from daycare first or risk paying for an extra hour of daycare as well?

        For one thing, it gets people thinking about voting - THIS November - but for another, if you find that there are lots of people who could really use a ride, why not start to put together a pickup carpool?

        Thanks Democrats! My Obamacare is permanent coverage no one can take away - and saving $3,000 is nice too

        by sotiredofusernames on Tue Aug 12, 2014 at 08:23:55 PM PDT

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        •  Car poolin's a good idea, let's include childcare (4+ / 0-)

          Perhaps even pick up the voter(s) and their child(ren), have a fun safe space for the kids while the voter votes, and then give them all a ride home.

        •  Vote by mail was instituted here in Oregon (6+ / 0-)

          in the early 90's. We have never had the problems that other states have with traditional voting booth elections. No long lines, no need to take time off from work, you can vote for the cost of a stamp OR you can drop off your ballot at one of many official ballot drop-off sites. You have several weeks before election day from the time you receive your ballot to do the deed.

          We've had it over 2 decades now and I know of no one who has a problem with it.

          You might very well think that; I couldn't possibly comment.

          by MikePhoenix on Wed Aug 13, 2014 at 12:11:32 AM PDT

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        •  Considering how many people complain (0+ / 0-)

          that the Democrats don't have an agenda, then I have to disagree because clearly there is a need for education. As for the financial disincentive to vote, Oregon has that problem solved.

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          by Mopshell on Wed Aug 13, 2014 at 07:18:43 AM PDT

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  •  Was an Interesting Meme/Slogan Idea a Few Days (47+ / 0-)

    ago suggested: "The Fairness Agenda."

    Personally I think it could fly because I don't see anything about it that would send party leadership stampeding away, and as an umbrella concept, organizing principle, it could increase the traction for leftish candidates and ideas. It doesn't on the face of it look like something bluedoggish that would send the left stampeding away either.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Tue Aug 12, 2014 at 10:55:56 AM PDT

    •  Thanks for the link, Gooserock (16+ / 0-)

      I will have to look into it. Cheers

      Regulate banks, not vaginas

      by MinistryOfTruth on Tue Aug 12, 2014 at 10:57:34 AM PDT

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    •  Recent research shows that appeal to civic duty (12+ / 0-)

      As part of personal (phone or in person)  outreach is the most effective, even more than an appeal to some narrower class, race, gender, or cause interest.  The most effective method is to ferret out likely Dem voters, contact them twice including having them sign a pledge to vote, then call right before the election and remind them.  People respond to an appeal to civic duty and to be part of something greater than themselves.  At least Dem voters do.  

      Of course this is tech and labor intensive, but evidently it works.  Not to say the Dems shouldn't have a series of issues or proposals like minimum wage, access to contraception, educational opportunity, but a sense of participation is more important to intermittent voters than we junkies might think.  We need to support these kinds of efforts with time and/or money as circumstances permit.

      Don't bet your future on 97% of climate scientists being wrong. Take action on climate now!

      by Mimikatz on Tue Aug 12, 2014 at 02:57:40 PM PDT

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    •  Policy Without Results Is Meaningless (4+ / 0-)

      It is not enough to fire up voters simply by presenting a "wish-list" of stuff you hope to see in the future.

      During the democratic administration, we have seen: voter disenfranchisement; police grenading sleeping babies, fewer full-time jobs, cuts to unemployment compensation, a president declaring he can drone-kill anyone he chooses, wide-spread surveillance of phone and email communications, etc.  What democrat or liberal will get out to vote for that?  

      So it is not enough to say "our party will do good things" when your record is of many bad things.  Then, your party simply sounds like it is selling pie-in-the sky.

      Granted, many of those problems have been put in place by the republicans.  So, your communication to voters must be: "The republicans have passed laws to disenfranchise voters.  This is what our party has done to secure the right to vote for all.  So vote for us so we can continue the fight to secure the right to vote."  (And hopefully, your party has some ACTIONS that show they  are fighting to secure the right to vote.).

      So, a list of stuff you want to do is not good enough to "fire up the voters".  You have to have first A RECORD OF ACCOMPLISHMENTS - stuff your voters will want more of.  THEN, you can tell voters "this is what we have done, and here is what we will do when elected".

      But simply presenting a list of dream-stuff when the record shows lots of bad stuff will convince no one to go out and vote.

      The Democrats had a big win with health care.  But notice the few democrat politicians run on that record.  Here is a lost opportunity.  The message should be: "We made health care a reality for millions.  The Republicans want to take away your health care.  Vote Democratic to get more access to health care."

      "The fool doth think he is wise: the wise man knows himself to be a fool" - W. Shakespeare

      by Hugh Jim Bissell on Tue Aug 12, 2014 at 03:45:02 PM PDT

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      •  Oh I don't know... (4+ / 0-)

        after all, the Republicans seem to run very successfully on obfuscation, shutting down the government, blocking Medicaid extensions and the extension of unemployment benefits, cutting food stamps, repealing the ACA, anti-minimum wage, anti-immigration, pro-war, pro-pollution, pro-tax cuts and subsidies for the very wealthy. How can Democrats possibly compete with a record of accomplishments and popular policies like that?

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        by Mopshell on Tue Aug 12, 2014 at 05:31:33 PM PDT

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        •  They win with a minority (0+ / 0-)

          Yes, they win elections, but they win because most people do not vote.  When people go vote, the Rs lose.

          And people don't vote because THEY HAVE NOTHING TO VOTE FOR.  The majority of the voters do not want what the Rs are offering.  The Ds say "vote for us because the Rs are bad", and that is not enough to get people motivated to vote.

          Voter are motivated to for FOR something.  The Ds are not offering anything.  I see the Ds losing very big this fall.

          "The fool doth think he is wise: the wise man knows himself to be a fool" - W. Shakespeare

          by Hugh Jim Bissell on Tue Aug 12, 2014 at 06:06:59 PM PDT

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          •  Yes, "We Suck Less!" (6+ / 0-)

            is not a very inspiring campaign strategy.

            IMNSHO, cleaning up the legal justice system from top to bottom should be a high priority. Rolling back the militarization of police, reining in police civil rights abuses, and redirecting enforcement efforts to crack down on Wall Street and white collar crime in general. Stop the criminalization of poor people.

            Free: The Authoritarians - all about those who follow strong leaders.

            by kbman on Tue Aug 12, 2014 at 08:08:42 PM PDT

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          •  Yeah. 'pubs have something to vote for. Fear. (1+ / 0-)
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            It's a hell of a motivator and while the last thing I'd want is to see that become a part of the Democratic platform, hope and policies that are working will still only take you so far. To totally dismiss voting against some principled stands and the occasional outrage is not practical or even moral. The problem is with conservatives is there are a very few things that will bring them out. God, anti abortion issues, guns, taxes, and xenophobia. And maybe defense or 'freedom' as they are made into fuzzy issues.

            Liberals are very diverse and we have many, many issues, few of which resonate consistently with all liberals in general. We need to find some narrow issues that are reliable in the long term and will be of concern to Democrats.

            Also, if a few years down the road we make really good progress, Democrats WILL slack off again. Likely this year and by 2018. Whenever things are looking only KINDA good, without much oppression against fairness or economic stability, most Democrats will be staying home.

            If we want to change that, we need to find a handful of additional motivators.

            •  Republican voters are reinforced by fear. (2+ / 0-)
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              I believe a bunch of the new psych & brain research is hitting on this subject.

              They respond differently to fear than Democrats.

              I would submit that Democrats respond equally well to, and are reinforced by empathy and hope.

              So running on fear is good politics for Republicans because it is the emotional state that their constituency exists in. It's not just a good motivator, it's the motivator. It's their favorite cookie.

              For Democrats ours is empathy and hope - we exist in that state, and fear, while still a powerful motivator, is not a good reinforcer, and nowhere near our favorite cookie.

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

              by k9disc on Tue Aug 12, 2014 at 09:08:14 PM PDT

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              •  I've seen reports on that as well. However... (0+ / 0-)

                ... while I'm sure that there is validity to it as well I suspect that people who tend to be conservative resist change much more. And in a changing world they will see more threats to respond to. Or perhaps they simply are a bit more fearful to start with.

                Part of the problem on our side is that once we start seeing more hope and empathy fulfilled we quickly find most Democrats feeling as if it is "Mission Accomplished" and when the urgency starts to fade so does voter turn out. Or perhaps our side is more prone to giving up when feeling oppressed.  Republicans may be more fearful but they also tend towards greater consistency. In their case oppression, or perhaps as they see it, persecution, continues to motivate.

                Consistency is where the Democratic party seems to be failing. We need to build into our voting block a much greater long term vigilance. Perhaps a greater need to participate, even after a greater degree of hopes and empathetic needs have been met. We need another thread to create a need which Republicans have met through a need to maintain tradition and warding off ever present threats.

                I also feel that the requirement to buy a seat to hold a job makes it more difficult for us to get broader support from our representatives. Many Democrats currently need to spend more effort currying some conservative favor for campaign funding which distracts from our policy agenda.

              •  I'm motivated by fear (0+ / 0-)

                If the Republicans take the majority in the Senate as well as in the House, I fear they will shut down the government again and go beyond the default deadline this time which will trigger a worldwide recession. I'm in my dotage and I dread living out my years in abject poverty.

                I am also fearful of all those who say that Democrats are just like Republicans or who say that Democrats haven't done enough to earn their vote. I really fear these people.

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                by Mopshell on Wed Aug 13, 2014 at 03:27:50 AM PDT

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            •  The Congressional Democrats (0+ / 0-)

              have tried hard to follow your advice (re finding issues of concern to all Democrats) but I bet if we polled everyone at Daily Kos barely 1% would know about their campaign agenda let alone what's in it. Democrats are great at giving the party advice but ignore them when they come through. I don't know what to make of this phenomenon. It depresses me to tears.

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              by Mopshell on Wed Aug 13, 2014 at 03:20:36 AM PDT

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          •  Please yourself (0+ / 0-)

            If that's how you prefer to see Democrats then so be it. There's absolutely nothing they can do to change this view for you.

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            by Mopshell on Wed Aug 13, 2014 at 03:09:22 AM PDT

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            •  Silly - that's how VOTERS see Dems (0+ / 0-)

              The point I am making is that is how voters see the Democrats, and that is why the voters stay home on election day.

              The proof will be this fall - when the Dems lose big.

              If the Dems have a big win, you can tell me I was wrong.

              "The fool doth think he is wise: the wise man knows himself to be a fool" - W. Shakespeare

              by Hugh Jim Bissell on Wed Aug 13, 2014 at 03:52:29 AM PDT

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              •  If your prediction is right (0+ / 0-)

                then we are doomed. The Republicans will shut down the government again and this time they'll go beyond the default deadline. That will trigger a worldwide recession. I'm in my dotage and I dread the thought of finishing out my days in abject poverty but that's likely to be my lot with millions of others. But at least you get to say you were right.

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                by Mopshell on Wed Aug 13, 2014 at 06:57:29 AM PDT

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                •  Nice dig at me (0+ / 0-)

                  The fault lies with our elected leaders, Dems and Repubs.  The Repubs for willfully acting to the detriment of the country; the Dems for failing to lead an effective response.

                  Simply presenting the voters with a wish-list of hopes for future policy is NOT an effective response.  It only leads to more voters deciding the Dems do not deserve their vote.

                  Yes, we are looking at big losses for the Dems this fall.  I take no joy in being correct in saying the Repubs will win big this fall.  I would vastly prefer that the Dems stop being so ineffective, and have made a number of very do-able suggestions for the Dems.  Feel free to insult me for those suggestions.

                  "The fool doth think he is wise: the wise man knows himself to be a fool" - W. Shakespeare

                  by Hugh Jim Bissell on Wed Aug 13, 2014 at 08:02:57 PM PDT

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                  •  I'm very sorry for the dig - (1+ / 0-)
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                    fearful people say stupid things but it's no excuse. I only know that I'm powerless and at the mercy of those who won't vote.

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                    by Mopshell on Thu Aug 14, 2014 at 02:23:07 AM PDT

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                    •  I share your upset (1+ / 0-)
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                      Mopshell

                      I too am not looking forward to the election results this fall, nor to the resulting two year mess that is sure to follow.

                      Sadly, I think our country will be worst off for it.

                      I would love to see the Dem get it together and prevent that from happening.  Right now, I think many voters are as discouraged by the Dems as I am.

                      "The fool doth think he is wise: the wise man knows himself to be a fool" - W. Shakespeare

                      by Hugh Jim Bissell on Thu Aug 14, 2014 at 09:07:00 AM PDT

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                  •  very do-able suggestions (0+ / 0-)

                    I think what MinistryOfTruth is asking for is exactly that:  What are your (and all of our) best do-able suggestions for our legislators?  

                    Lets put our best suggestions together in a contract for candidates to sign.

                    Then lets do our best to get those candidates elected

                    then hold them to their contract.

                    If candidates will not sign our contract, lets run better candidates against them the next primary.

                    Sounds a lot better to me than drifting to defeat.

        •  By owning it (3+ / 0-)
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          Own Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, SNAP, Minimum Wage, Unemployment Insurance, etc., ect., and vowing not to cut them or negotiate any cuts.  Show voters how harmful cuts or discontinuing these programs would be to them and to the country.  STOP BEING REPUBLICON LIGHT, hold your head high and fight.  When the Republicons talk about "lazy people getting food stamps" stand up and tell voters that that's totally false especially in states like Mississippi, Alabama, etc., where there are more white people taking advantage of this program.  

          Repairing infrastructure means JOBS in their State (even their brother-in-law that's been out of work for 3 years), repairing student loans will help their son, daughter, niece or nephew, etc.  

          So many things but they need to stand with their heads held high and own these programs and vow to fight for them.

          Never be afraid to voice your opinion and fight for it . Corporations aren't people, they're Republicans (Rev Al Sharpton 10/7/2011) Voting is a louder voice than a bullhorn but sometimes you need that bullhorn to retain your vote.

          by Rosalie907 on Tue Aug 12, 2014 at 09:05:42 PM PDT

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          •  And who hears them when they do, Rosalie? (0+ / 0-)

            When they stand up for the unemployed, for the working poor, for the ACA? Who hears them? Who gives them credit? The msm don't. Some days, the really depressing days, it seems that most at DKos don't hear them either. I see so many complaints; the list of faults and flaws is long, so very very long.

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            by Mopshell on Wed Aug 13, 2014 at 03:42:33 AM PDT

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            •  You're right but (1+ / 0-)
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              That's because the Democrats don't stand up for themselves.  They need backbones and until they grown them they're going to continue having this problem.  

              Never be afraid to voice your opinion and fight for it . Corporations aren't people, they're Republicans (Rev Al Sharpton 10/7/2011) Voting is a louder voice than a bullhorn but sometimes you need that bullhorn to retain your vote.

              by Rosalie907 on Wed Aug 13, 2014 at 08:58:19 PM PDT

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              •  I think somewhere along the line (2+ / 0-)
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                Kathy Scheidel, Rosalie907

                voters have to take responsibility. Media refuse to play their part so, effectively, the main lines of communication between pols and voters have been cut for Democrats. But it affects voters' lives most of all and they have to take responsibility for that. There's no point in saying "look at the mess we're in and no, I didn't vote" without taking responsibility for that mess. Voters can't keep blaming someone else for actions they choose to take. If the welfare of themselves and their nearest and dearest is not enough motivation, that's their choice. Where voting is voluntary the onus is on each voter.

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                by Mopshell on Thu Aug 14, 2014 at 02:55:46 AM PDT

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                •  You are so right (1+ / 0-)
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                  People complain about who  is elected but then they say that they didn't vote for so many stupid reasons, like "they're all the same" and (the best) "I can't be bothered."  I've felt for years that voting should be mandatory but people need to be given something back so what about giving them a reduction in Income Tax (even 1%) if they vote.  We've got to wake them up someway to get to the polls and make it easier to vote.  I don't know if you've seen this where you live, but here in NYC we vote at schools in our districts.  You got to your polling school and then you have your ED and Assembly district line and, for the most part, you're finished in 5 or 10 minutes.

                  Never be afraid to voice your opinion and fight for it . Corporations aren't people, they're Republicans (Rev Al Sharpton 10/7/2011) Voting is a louder voice than a bullhorn but sometimes you need that bullhorn to retain your vote.

                  by Rosalie907 on Thu Aug 14, 2014 at 01:17:12 PM PDT

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                  •  Where I live (0+ / 0-)

                    we've had compulsory voting since federation on Jan 1st 1901 - and that included the vote for women right from the start. No-one here is about to give up compulsory voting - it's the best thing our version of founding fathers ever did. Because we have compulsory voting, the laws regarding that have one main objective - make voting as easy as possible for everyone!

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                    by Mopshell on Thu Aug 14, 2014 at 03:15:38 PM PDT

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            •  You're right (1+ / 0-)
              Recommended by:
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              And they need backbones and until the Democrats get one they're going to continue not getting their deserved credit.

              Never be afraid to voice your opinion and fight for it . Corporations aren't people, they're Republicans (Rev Al Sharpton 10/7/2011) Voting is a louder voice than a bullhorn but sometimes you need that bullhorn to retain your vote.

              by Rosalie907 on Wed Aug 13, 2014 at 09:00:27 PM PDT

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            •  Sorry for the double replies (1+ / 0-)
              Recommended by:
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              But the first reply wasn't showing up and I thought I may have deleated it by mistake so I sent it a 2nd time.

              Never be afraid to voice your opinion and fight for it . Corporations aren't people, they're Republicans (Rev Al Sharpton 10/7/2011) Voting is a louder voice than a bullhorn but sometimes you need that bullhorn to retain your vote.

              by Rosalie907 on Wed Aug 13, 2014 at 09:01:58 PM PDT

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      •  The contract must be signed, guaranteed (5+ / 0-)

        and then executed.

        Because, you're right, there is an authority trust crisis in this country and D's are not excluded.

        I've never left a blank space on a ballot... but I will not vote for someone [who vows] to spy on me. I will not do it. - dclawyer06

        Trust, but verify. - Reagan
        Vote, but Occupy. - commonmass

        by Words In Action on Tue Aug 12, 2014 at 05:58:59 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

        •  I remember a similar poll (0+ / 0-)

          before 2008 and health insurance, climate change, marriage equality, were top of the answers we gave.

          We got them. (Though climate change didn't make it all the way, the cap and trade bill failed at the Senate.)

          Thanks Democrats! My Obamacare is permanent coverage no one can take away - and saving $3,000 is nice too

          by sotiredofusernames on Tue Aug 12, 2014 at 08:37:35 PM PDT

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        •  It shouldn't be a contract. Terrible framing. (5+ / 0-)

          Nothing like putting ROI square in the center of a document for creating and fostering community...

          We actually should just dust off the Second Bill of Rights:

          State of the Union Address


          Franklin D. Roosevelt
          January 11, 1944

          We have joined with like-minded people in order to defend ourselves in a world that has been gravely threatened with gangster rule.
          But I do not think that any of us Americans can be content with mere survival. Sacrifices that we and our allies are making impose upon us all a sacred obligation to see to it that out of this war we and our children will gain something better than mere survival.
          ...

          Second Bill of Rights


          In our day these economic truths have become accepted as self-evident. We have accepted, so to speak, a second Bill of Rights under which a new basis of security and prosperity can be established for all regardless of station, race, or creed.

          Among these are:

          1. The right to a useful and remunerative job in the industries or shops or farms or mines of the Nation
          2. The right to earn enough to provide adequate food and clothing and recreation
          3. The right of every farmer to raise and sell his products at a return which will give him and his family a decent living
          4. The right of every businessman, large and small, to trade in an atmosphere of freedom from unfair competition and domination by monopolies at home or abroad
          5. The right of every family to a decent home
          6. The right to adequate medical care and the opportunity to achieve and enjoy good health
          7. The right to adequate protection from the economic fears of old age, sickness, accident, and unemployment
          8. The right to a good education.

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

          by k9disc on Tue Aug 12, 2014 at 09:25:53 PM PDT

          [ Parent ]

          •  Bill or Rights vs Contract (0+ / 0-)

            The Bill of Rights is great, but our Contract is a list of specific things we can have candidates promise to enact if elected.  And if they will not sign it, we can run someone more to our liking against them next primary.  

            Much as we may dislike Newt Gingrich and the Tea Party, there is no reason not to imitate their successful tactics.

      •  What we need is a progressive Tea Party (1+ / 0-)
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        After all, most of the Tea Party strategies were stolen from the Left, but have been cleverly integrated. What makes the Tea party so successful (despite being 90% PR packaging) is not only the huge amounts of secret  cash and the clever marketing but their ability to attack on multiple levels.

        The Left needs not only more effective messaging but also a commitment to a long term organizing, on-going pressure on elected officials, public demonstrations, and media outreach.

        A "Real Tea Party" that mirrored the very populist and democratic nature of the historical "tea party" would be a constant presence rewarding allies and fighting adversaries 24/7/365. It would fight to create a positive image and compelling vision for the public but also be doing the field work of organizing and networking.

        One key problem with our recent Democratic organizing is the temporary and personality driven organizing. Instead of Obama's team creating AND CONTROLLING the field organization, a more broad based system that was on-going rather than being recreated every 4 to 8 years, that tackled local and intermediate elections rather than just the Presidential ones, and that would be able to publicly pressure those who were elected between election cycles, would be dramatically more effective.

        •  The Tea Party (0+ / 0-)

          is the culmination of a 50-year effort by a small group of very wealthy, very conservative businessmen, intended to save the US from godless communism. They spent hundreds of millions of dollars, year after year, decade after decade, to fund and found pretty much every right-wing think tank, policy institute, media outlet (not Fox, though, that's all Rupert), university, law school, society, campus and community group you can name. By the time the Tea Party sprang into being, seemingly spontaneously, the soil had been very, very well-prepared indeed.

          And this is exactly what the supporters of Democratic Party have not done. And it's not just a question of money: money can be replaced with hard work. I know, because I've worked on campaigns that did just that.

          While the visionaries of the conservative movement thought in decades and even centuries (which I don't think they will pull off), our side has the attention span of a flea. Howard Dean was unpopular with the party in-crowd? So let's dump the 50-state strategy the minute he's out of the chairmanship. That's just brilliant strategy right there, and just one example of what I'm talking about.

          "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself."........ "The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little." (yeah, same guy.)

          by sidnora on Wed Aug 13, 2014 at 09:33:00 AM PDT

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      •  list of dream stuff vs contract (0+ / 0-)

        I think the idea is to have a list of specific actions that candidates pledge to do if elected, analogous to Newt Gingrich's Contract with America in 1994.  If candidates sign our contract we can hold them accountable if they renege, and if they will not sign our contract, then, like the Tea Party, we can run candidates more to our liking the next primary.

        Definitely Contract, not Dream List

  •  GOTV (11+ / 0-)

    plenty of people will vote if given a ride etc.

    -You want to change the system, run for office.

    by Deep Texan on Tue Aug 12, 2014 at 11:10:41 AM PDT

  •  it's more complicated than that (10+ / 0-)

    we all know that. doesn't matter what we say, the media reports the lies.

    doesn't matter how good our policies are. the media frames it badly.

    there is a reason why Dems aren't the goto ppl on the Sunday talk shows.  why Dems/Liberals/Progressives are the minority on tv everywhere it counts.

    -You want to change the system, run for office.

    by Deep Texan on Tue Aug 12, 2014 at 11:12:30 AM PDT

  •  I'm not sure this is true. (19+ / 0-)
    The GOP operates on fear, the Democratic party does not
    See "you'd rather have McCain?" et. al.

    That said, and speaking as one whose vote team blue has lost, I could be coaxed back into the fold by something like you're describing.  Provided, of course, that the governance matches the campaign.

    May you always find water and shade.

    by Whimsical Rapscallion on Tue Aug 12, 2014 at 11:19:18 AM PDT

    •  Yes. The Democratic plank is forgotten the day (12+ / 0-)

      after the national convention.  I guess maybe I should say, deliberately ignored.

    •  McCain. Heh. I know that anecdotes aren't data (10+ / 0-)

      but I know about four or five Republicans who couldn't bring themselves to vote for McCain exactly because they were afraid of Sarah Palin--afraid of what she might say or do and, especially, of what would happen if McCain died.  

      "Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored." Aldous Huxley

      by koosah on Tue Aug 12, 2014 at 12:21:17 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  The Democratic Party absolutely (5+ / 0-)

      operates on fear. Fear of Republicans, to be specific. It's the only card they bother to play nowadays.

      I am an economic Keynesian, a social libertarian, a foreign policy internationalist, and militantly anti-authoritarian in every way shape and form.

      by zemongoose on Tue Aug 12, 2014 at 04:04:23 PM PDT

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      •  Not repubs - Donors - biiiiiiig donors (0+ / 0-)

        Us hicks are not the droids they care about.

        ALL of our institutions have been hollowed out by the greed ethos. There are none left with heart intact or souls for that matter. So the zombie is all around us - me

        by glitterscale on Tue Aug 12, 2014 at 04:41:32 PM PDT

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    •  The GOP is powered by fear. The Democrats are (0+ / 0-)

      disempowered by fear.

      There is a lot of interesting psych theory coming out about the conservative and liberal brain being different in terms of the amygdala (fear and emotion) and empathy processing areas of the brain.

      Republicans are reinforced by fear. It's not just a motivator, it's a primary motivator.

      Democrats are not reinforced by fear. It is a motivator, but it is not the motivator.

      A similar situation I encounter all the time is dog's who have different types of Drive. Social Drive vs Prey Drive, or Stalking/Hunting vs Biting and Killing, dogs have different drives.

      These are both innate and learned, and the unskilled trainer is at the mercy of them.

      "Hups, he ain't got no Bite/Kill, he can't be a disc dog." or, "He only likes balls and toys, and doesn't care for scent work."

      Those arguments are ludicrous at this stage in dog training. It is a very simple operation to use the strong drive to reinforce the weak drive.

      Bomb and detection dogs are no longer the best sniffers, they are the most motivated, and that is most easily done with ball drive. That is supplanting that drive.

      We tend to think we are above all that, but I would submit that we are not. We are really suspect to it.

      Writing this, it's hard for me not to believe that their is not a concerted effort to supplant the Democratic Drive - empathy and hope - with the Republican Drive - fear and power.

      Do any of you guys get those emails from the Democratic Party Institutions? The ones that wail about how scary the republicans are? I almost screenshot my inbox on a search:
      Boehner Wins!
      Throw in the Towel
      Humiliate Boehner
      ours to lose
      Heartbreaking
      Boehner = Fuming
      Unprecedented Blow (Kochs)

      Where is the hope and empathy in any of that. It's just fear of Kochs and Boehners. Everything in those emails is defined by and all about Republicans.

      Fear of Republicans is the Democratic Party's chosen motivator for the voters.

      But Democratic voters don't do fear that well, it may motivate us, but it is not our motivation.

      I guess if we keep pairing fear and hope,"Boehner is bad - send money to save hope!" I'm pretty sure that we'll continue to do it better and better.

      My guess is that would be good for corporate sponsors.

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

      by k9disc on Tue Aug 12, 2014 at 09:53:06 PM PDT

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  •  not so (2+ / 0-)
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    "You have to go big or your base tends to stay home"

    The base did not stay home in 2010.  see this diary

    http://www.dailykos.com/...

    Seeking to be as wise as Fioral

    by GideonAB on Tue Aug 12, 2014 at 11:22:30 AM PDT

    •  Well, I hear what you are saying there (5+ / 0-)

      I'm not one to blame liberals for staying home on the outcome of 2010 but there WAS a true "enthusiasm gap" that year which had much to do with the economy at that time and the fact that Dems contrrolled both houses. There was certainly an anti-incumbent component to the 2010 election cycle.

      2014 is a different creature, but even then I still firmly believe that Dems will do much better if they can motivate their base to GOTV as opposed to if they don't.

      Pointing out how horrible the GOP is is simply not enough. We need to be able to point to our own policy proposals in a short, concise manner so that people clearly know the difference between each candidate and their respective parties.

      At least, that is my humble opinion.

      Regulate banks, not vaginas

      by MinistryOfTruth on Tue Aug 12, 2014 at 11:29:52 AM PDT

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      •  overlooked factor: PERSONALITY (2+ / 0-)
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        Yes, yes, we need to get our policy issues sorted out, and present them clearly.

        That's necessary, but it's not sufficient.

        We need candidates with appealing personalities. Boring candidates lose. I'm sorry, it's shallow, but it's reality.

        Consider:

        Winners:
        Obama
        Dubya
        Bill Clinton
        Reagan
        JFK
        Truman
        FDR

        Losers:
        Kerry
        Gore
        Dukakis
        Mondale
        McGovern
        Humphrey

        Elizabeth Warren is not just progressive, she's interesting. She has a spectacular gift for presenting complex things simply, forcefully, appealingly. So I still hold out hope:

        Warren 2016

        "The true strength of our nation comes not from the might of our arms or the scale of our wealth, but from the enduring power of our ideals."—Barack Obama

        by HeyMikey on Tue Aug 12, 2014 at 06:12:32 PM PDT

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    •  The numbers in that diary are percentages (5+ / 0-)

      of those actually voting. The conservadem argument that we were stabbed in the back by the left is that liberals are 25 or 30 percent of the populace, but ony20 percent of the voters, some stay home. This could be true, since most of the country stays home.

      The big problem with all of these polls, studies and projections is that people usually self-describe themselves, so terms like liberal or centrist/moderate are really meaningless.

      2010 is illustrative of something, insofar as conservadems took a beating. Seemingly the conservaties don't support their own to the same extent that the center and left support their own.

      That, in its essence, is fascism--ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power. -- Franklin D. Roosevelt --

      by enhydra lutris on Tue Aug 12, 2014 at 12:44:06 PM PDT

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    •  The 18-29 dropped 7%, over 65 gained 7% (3+ / 0-)

      I think the over 65 was probably in large part reactionary racism & just being GOP. That's my guess. Anyway, that totals 14%, for what part of the loss that is worth.

      The US ranks 138th out of all 169 voting countries in actual voting. Since 1974, mid-term % of eligible voters who vote avgs. 37%. Democrats would dominate if they did one thing- GOTV. They never do. Curious.

      by Incredulousinusa on Tue Aug 12, 2014 at 01:07:51 PM PDT

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    •  How about (4+ / 0-)

      "you have to go big or 60% of eligible voters stay home"?

      I've never left a blank space on a ballot... but I will not vote for someone [who vows] to spy on me. I will not do it. - dclawyer06

      Trust, but verify. - Reagan
      Vote, but Occupy. - commonmass

      by Words In Action on Tue Aug 12, 2014 at 01:10:04 PM PDT

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    •  Yes, the "base' by definition (3+ / 0-)

      doesn't stay home, or it's not the base.  

      Left-leaning infrequent voters did stay home, though.  That's a problem.  This is a group that's not necessarily less liberal than the base, but may not describe themselves that way in surveys.  The problem with the survey is it doesn't really control for how the terms are used across three different elections, and willingness to label oneself as liberal or moderate may vary.  

      Difficult, difficult, lemon difficult.

      by Loge on Tue Aug 12, 2014 at 01:48:13 PM PDT

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      •  Black voters were a large part (3+ / 0-)
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        of the stay-at-homes in 2010. That's because there was no Obama (and no "Hope") to vote for.

        In the '08 campaign--in which I canvassed in three states, and worked at two polling-places in an African-American community on Election Day--voter registrations had skyrocketed in those districts, despite Voter ID obstacles. Voters turned out who hadn't voted in a generation. And entire states (including my own home-state of Indiana) were swung by the African-American vote.

        Yes, we SHOULD create & publish a strong, BOLD statement of our Progressive ideals.

        We may quibble about its content--we Progressives can split a single hair into 1,000 shreds--but anyone who quibbles about the political efficacy of such heartfelt ideals must not have been born yet in 2007 & 2008, when "Hope" turned many red districts blue and gave Dems a veritable landslide victory. (One pundit, looking at the stats afterwards, observed, "It looks like John McCain was elected President...of the Confederacy!")

        And such doubters must certainly not have been born before the '99-2000 campaign, when Bush's Brain came up with "Compassionate Conservative" to describe his client, Dubya.

        Our statement, though, wouldn't be a cynical marketing hypocrisy--it would express the values we sincerely cherish, and that would bring greater freedom and fairness to all Americans.

        We have a choice: Muddle along in the middle, trying to be all things to all people (the political equivalent of the "Gentleman's C" in college), or kick the habit of seeing both sides of every story and, instead, tell people--with candor and passion--exactly what is in our hearts...the vision we have for a stronger, happier, more equitable nation.

  •  The GOP did well (6+ / 0-)

    with their 'Contract With America' bit.  Of course no one ever read the bloody thing, people just imagined it said what they wanted it to say.

    The Dems need their own buzz-word program to 'rebuild America' or something.  And they need GOP/FOX discipline to keep repeating their phrase over and over so it can't be ignored. But Dems aren't known for this type of effort.

    Look how well Obama's 'Hope' slogan worked.  But from the Democratic party?  I doubt they could have agreed on the 'Hope', much less pushed the message.

    190 milliseconds....

    by Kingsmeg on Tue Aug 12, 2014 at 11:22:44 AM PDT

    •  Flipped both chambers. (3+ / 0-)

      Yeah, I'd call that success.

      I've never left a blank space on a ballot... but I will not vote for someone [who vows] to spy on me. I will not do it. - dclawyer06

      Trust, but verify. - Reagan
      Vote, but Occupy. - commonmass

      by Words In Action on Tue Aug 12, 2014 at 12:58:29 PM PDT

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      •  But polls showed that a (2+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
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        vast majority of voters had never even heard of the Contract. It was just fodder for Beltway pundits. Both chambers flipped because Clinton was unpopular (with an assist from several other factors like the implementation of majority-minority districts).

        That's not a criticism of this diary -- it sure as heck wouldn't hurt to articulate a concise, tweetable platform.

        "I've always admired your tart honesty and ability to be personally offended by broad social trends." -Principal Skinner.

        by cardinal on Tue Aug 12, 2014 at 03:29:28 PM PDT

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  •  Start with something like this: lower taxes, (8+ / 0-)

    limited government, strong defense. The basic Republican credo of the last 30 years is so simple that anyone can remember it.

    Something along the lines of fair taxation, honest government, economic opportunity for all.

    Again, it has to be something simple and memorable.

    "Those who put their faith in fire, in fire their faith shall be repaid..." -- Gordon Lightfoot

    by camlbacker on Tue Aug 12, 2014 at 11:47:34 AM PDT

  •  welcome to marketing 101 (7+ / 0-)

    Today, class we have the umpteenth thousand diary about how the Democratic party just needs a simple message. The folks over in production are the problem. Marketing can't change the gridlock that cripples the legislative process.

    The simple message is our legislative branch is crippling our infrastructure and slowing down our economy. The GOP is to blame currently.*

    *I reserve the right to shift the blame to whoever is selling their soul in Congress that week.

    I sing praises in the church of nonsense, but in my heart I'm still an atheist, demanding sense of all things.

    by jbou on Tue Aug 12, 2014 at 12:06:54 PM PDT

    •  Well yer just grumpy and sarcastic. (3+ / 0-)
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      I guess that's cool, because if somebody didn't volunteer to be Designated Cassandra we'd hafta involuntarily impress someone into the job. ("NO NO, I CAN'T DON'T MAKE ME PLEEEEESE NOOOOO!")

      "Ronald Reagan is DEAD! His policies live on but we're doing something about THAT!"

      by leftykook on Tue Aug 12, 2014 at 12:46:38 PM PDT

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    •  I'll start with the message to activate the ideas (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      jbou

      in our society.

      People poo poo words and blog entries and speeches all the time as worthless.

      A decent message, accepted and pushed by a mass of people in this country that challenges the unchallenged and empty corporate sponsored message of the day is a HUGE win.

      HUGE! Any mass of people who gets traction against corporate sponsored public policy with words from the Left is good for America.

      Seriously.

      I do hear you though. I have very little faith in the Democratic Party practicing what they preach until the shit hits the fan in some way. It's going to take a serious shock to get them to rethink their relationship with corporate.

      peace~

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

      by k9disc on Tue Aug 12, 2014 at 09:59:10 PM PDT

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  •  It's not enough to make a laundry list of the (6+ / 0-)

    current hot button issues. The foundation of the system was undermined with radical ideology that rejects the government itself.

  •  Me, I just cut to the chase and use visuals ~ (25+ / 0-)

    twitter If You Don't Vote
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    Yellers & Gunners Vote - Will You
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    twitter The Cure is Vote BLUE
    .
    Vote Dem to Get the Redneck Out

    I've assembled these images & more from around the Web, and put them in a Flickr album that's available for sharing: https://www.flickr.com/...

    So please - steal these images and share, share, share! Thank you.

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    by jan4insight on Tue Aug 12, 2014 at 12:17:44 PM PDT

    •  Voters DON'T TRUST GOV, EITHER PARTY. (5+ / 0-)

      That's why the pathetic turnout.

      You have to start with "the voter is always right." Whether you think they should be voting or not, they aren't 60% aren't.

      You have to rebuild trust. How do you do that? With a contract. A signed contract. A guaranteed contract. And then performance.

      That's what you do in business...

      I've never left a blank space on a ballot... but I will not vote for someone [who vows] to spy on me. I will not do it. - dclawyer06

      Trust, but verify. - Reagan
      Vote, but Occupy. - commonmass

      by Words In Action on Tue Aug 12, 2014 at 01:02:01 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  that's not really what you do in business (2+ / 0-)
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        The first rule of thumb for a contract is that it's only as good as the word of the person you are contracting with.  If you don't trust the other person, don't sign a contract with them.  It's really that simple.  

        And so is the problem.  

        Shirley Chisholm was right. Our Republic is in deep trouble.

        by Big River Bandido on Tue Aug 12, 2014 at 04:47:54 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

        •  Actually, no. You wouldn't do anything serious, (0+ / 0-)

          such as a license of rights or a sale of the business, without a contract.

          And this is serious.

          It's also a one-sided contract, a guarantee from one party to other, without a counter-signature.

          I've never left a blank space on a ballot... but I will not vote for someone [who vows] to spy on me. I will not do it. - dclawyer06

          Trust, but verify. - Reagan
          Vote, but Occupy. - commonmass

          by Words In Action on Wed Aug 13, 2014 at 06:13:11 AM PDT

          [ Parent ]

      •  Yea, a contract doesn't build trust. It enforces (0+ / 0-)

        compliance.

        Building trust involves sacrifice and empathy, usually shared.

        Screwing the corporate sponsors would go a long way towards establishing trust.

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

        by k9disc on Tue Aug 12, 2014 at 10:01:55 PM PDT

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        •  A contract as in a guarantee from one party (0+ / 0-)

          to the other, without a counter-signature.

          I've never left a blank space on a ballot... but I will not vote for someone [who vows] to spy on me. I will not do it. - dclawyer06

          Trust, but verify. - Reagan
          Vote, but Occupy. - commonmass

          by Words In Action on Wed Aug 13, 2014 at 06:10:48 AM PDT

          [ Parent ]

          •  A true "contract" must have "consideration" (0+ / 0-)

            built in to it…meaning each party gives and gets something which is stated in the contract.  

            Shirley Chisholm was right. Our Republic is in deep trouble.

            by Big River Bandido on Wed Aug 13, 2014 at 06:46:17 AM PDT

            [ Parent ]

            •  Guarantees can certainly be legally binding (0+ / 0-)

              The exchange is cash (or a vote in this case) for a guaranteed product or service.

              I've never left a blank space on a ballot... but I will not vote for someone [who vows] to spy on me. I will not do it. - dclawyer06

              Trust, but verify. - Reagan
              Vote, but Occupy. - commonmass

              by Words In Action on Wed Aug 13, 2014 at 06:52:34 AM PDT

              [ Parent ]

              •  Not really because there's no way (0+ / 0-)

                for the one party (the caucus) to ensure compliance on the part of the other (the voters) when balloting is secret.  For that matter, there's no real way for the voters to ensure that the caucus complies with their terms, either.  In a nutshell, that's what the Democrats' problem has been for 25 years.

                Shirley Chisholm was right. Our Republic is in deep trouble.

                by Big River Bandido on Wed Aug 13, 2014 at 08:24:58 PM PDT

                [ Parent ]

    •  The middle one is the only one that is effective. (0+ / 0-)

      And I think it's pretty friggin' slick.

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

      by k9disc on Tue Aug 12, 2014 at 10:00:25 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  Given that I posted four of them (0+ / 0-)

        it's not clear which one you consider "the middle one."

        As far what's effective or not, that's in the eye of the beholder, which is why I've collected a variety to share. Everyone has a different audience. And btw, I've had many positive comments on these from people who recognize their value. So have a nice life.

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        by jan4insight on Tue Aug 12, 2014 at 11:35:02 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

  •  Tepid Dems (6+ / 0-)

    who still think "triangulation" is a good strategy. Obama has (inadvertently) proved it will no longer work. There hasn't been a Republican to work with for many years. The Right is beholden to the Further Right who are trashed by their Tea Party constituents and Right wing media on a daily basis, dragging them righter/wronger by the minute.

    •  I should do a graphical representation of what (0+ / 0-)

      I believe triangulation to look like.

      It's the most skewed and skinny triangle you could imagine at this point of the game. A triangle in name only really.

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

      by k9disc on Tue Aug 12, 2014 at 10:04:10 PM PDT

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  •  A few thoughts (5+ / 0-)

    1.  All people are equal.  The small text can explain that laws should treat people equally and start with race, gender, ability (dis-ability), religion (or non-religion) and the other portions of the Civil Rights Act but also include by specifically mentioning economic standing, citizenship, and re-emphasize that people must be living, breathing entities and not corporations or other artificial creations (sorry, Watson).

    2.  Equality before the law.  Laws must apply equally to all, whether it's someone with a public defender, a government employee or a person who owns their own law firm.  I think much of the disillusion with the country is that there's obviously laws that the rich ignore with impunity while the 99% have laws imposed with relish.  Again, corporations are not people in the eyes of the law, since corporations cannot be made to go to jail or be executed.

    3.  Pledging open government.  This is going to be hard to quantify, but pledging to roll back "secret" classifications, hold every committee meeting and even things like the Trans Pacific Partnership in sessions open to the public, even if just online, but at least where transcripts and public video is available.  Strengthen whistle-blower protections and make it happen rather than punish the whistle-blowers while hiding the issues uncovered.

    •  Only a little bit missing: (2+ / 0-)
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      1.  All people are equal.  The small text can explain that laws should treat people equally and start with race, gender, ability (dis-ability), religion (or non-religion) and the other portions of the Civil Rights Act but also include by specifically mentioning economic standing, citizenship, and re-emphasize that people must be living, breathing entities and not corporations or other artificial creations (sorry, Watson).

      2.  Equality before the law.  Laws must apply equally to all, whether it's someone with a public defender, a government employee or a person who owns their own law firm.  I think much of the disillusion with the country is that there's obviously laws that the rich ignore with impunity while the 99% have laws imposed with relish.  Again, corporations are not people in the eyes of the law, since corporations cannot be made to go to jail or be executed.

      3.  Pledging open government.  This is going to be hard to quantify, but pledging to roll back "secret" classifications, hold every committee meeting and even things like the Trans Pacific Partnership in sessions open to the public, even if just online, but at least where transcripts and public video is available.  Strengthen whistle-blower protections and make it happen rather than punish the whistle-blowers while hiding the issues uncovered.

      Just a little more, and I think we're there:

      4. A regulated economy that works for everybody. This means removing the Citizens United, Ferguson, and Revlon (BAD) decisions from American law; repealing the union-busting Taft-Hartley Act; reinstating the Glass-Steagall act as it had been before it was repealed; end "too big to fail"; a .5% tax on all stock transactions to end speed-trading and return NYSE and NASDAQ to being exchanges rather than casinos; and replacement of "free" trade with fair trade, under which our jobs and our economy enjoy the same protections every other nation on Earth affords their jobs and their economies.

      5. Free education regardless of level. At the very minimally least, free education to the level where the recipient enjoys a stable middle-class livelihood.

      6. A single public payer, no opt-out healthcare system.

      "I have to remember that while Jesus dined with publicans, there is no record of his consorting with Republicans." -- entlord

      by thanatokephaloides on Tue Aug 12, 2014 at 03:19:10 PM PDT

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    •  Numbers 1 and 2 are really the same (1+ / 0-)
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      but otherwise, I like it.

      Shirley Chisholm was right. Our Republic is in deep trouble.

      by Big River Bandido on Tue Aug 12, 2014 at 04:48:33 PM PDT

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  •  Free college and free vocational training (4+ / 0-)

    I have been saying for years that this needs to be a plank in our platform.  We should have We the People investing in our people in a serious way, because everyone reaps the benefit from an educated and highly skilled citizenry.  It's not about jobs in itself, although that is a powerful side effect, it's about people making wise decisions and being in control of their lives.

  •  Just a start: No one working full-time should l... (3+ / 0-)

    Just a start:

    No one working full-time should live in poverty.

    We should not be push the price of public goods like education onto the backs of the middle and lower class to support tax breaks for the rich.

    Equal pay for equal work.

    Limits on the influence of money in politics.

    Back to work, but just a few ideas that jump out at me.

  •  "embrace the suck" and "vote lesser evil" (18+ / 0-)

    have been working just fine, thank you.  Don't stop our gravy train with your hippie talk.

    Love,
    The Village.

    Hillary does not have the benefit of a glib tongue.

    by The Dead Man on Tue Aug 12, 2014 at 12:25:00 PM PDT

  •  I couldn't agree more (11+ / 0-)
     As odious as the GOP and their failed ideas have become that alone is not enough to get people to vote against the GOP in off year elections. We need to give people something to vote FOR when they vote Democratic.
    The Democrats need better policies not just better speakers. The response of "look what the Republicans will do unless you fall into line" is not going to cut it, and has never cut it.

    "The oppressors most powerful weapon is the mind of the oppressed." - Stephen Biko

    by gjohnsit on Tue Aug 12, 2014 at 12:26:31 PM PDT

    •  But they can't even speak. Speaking is a (0+ / 0-)

      revolutionary act to their corporate sponsors.

      Speaking out is a dangerous activity in corporate sponsored political markets.

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

      by k9disc on Tue Aug 12, 2014 at 10:06:06 PM PDT

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  •  Very glad to read your post and comment! (3+ / 0-)

    As I commented a couple of weeks ago on a post at The Left Coaster:

    I don't have much time or energy myself these days, either, but maybe we are "the ones we've been waiting for." The August recess would be an excellent time to promote such a "children's agenda" to our congresscritters at town meetings across America. Granted there's little time to prepare it, but surely in a few days we could come up with a 3-5 point Children's Agenda ["A Contract with America's Children"(?)]. After all, Newt the adulterer and cancer divorcer's Contract with America was only introduced 6 weeks before the 1994 mid-term elections.

    I'll even start by suggesting a few things:
    1. Raise the minimum wage, so those parents have more resources to spend on their kids.
    2. (For the States--especially Republican't-controlled ones--who haven't yet) Accept the Medicaid expansion in the ACA/Obamacare, so those parents and children (as well as many others) can enjoy the peace of mind, physical well-being, and improved productivity that comes with knowing one has solid, affordable personal choices about their healthcare.
    3. Invest in infrastructure, so millions of American kids no longer have to travel over unsafe or obsolete bridges and roads to school, or have inadequate or vulnerable water and/or sanitation services.
    4. Replace "No Child Left Untested" programs set up for both the failure of public schools, their teachers, and students and the enrichment of politically-donating testing companies and private/charter school interests.

    As for PBO, maybe now is the time to provide the political force (and cover) to "make him do it."

    "Push the button, Max!" Jack Lemmon as Professor Fate, The Great Race

    by bartcopfan on Tue Aug 12, 2014 at 12:47:04 PM PDT

  •  Recced for the Simpsons quote. (3+ / 0-)

    Among other things. :)

    Because you don't win friends with salad.

    Why do I have the feeling George W. Bush joined the Stonecutters, ate a mess of ribs, and used the Constitution as a napkin?

    by Matt Z on Tue Aug 12, 2014 at 12:48:52 PM PDT

  •  Find a way to update the 4 Freedoms (8+ / 0-)

    for modern tastes - I want a Dem Party that stands for, works for, and gets as close as humanly possible to:

    Freedom from want
    Freedom from fear
    Freedom of speech
    Freedom of (which includes from) religion

    for everybody.  Freedom from want is going to have to include jobs because that's how you get freedom from want and so forth.

  •  Holy shit. (4+ / 0-)

    I was working on a diary on the same thing.

    Glad you did it, though. It'll get much more consideratipon this way.

    I've never left a blank space on a ballot... but I will not vote for someone [who vows] to spy on me. I will not do it. - dclawyer06

    Trust, but verify. - Reagan
    Vote, but Occupy. - commonmass

    by Words In Action on Tue Aug 12, 2014 at 12:51:41 PM PDT

  •  A Fair Share, Not A Free Lunch (7+ / 0-)

    The Essence of all things Democratic (big D) can be put under this heading.

    We're not asking for "free" anything.  Really.  

    We're asking that teachers, police, and other civil servants be paid accordingly.  With the benefits and protections that everyone SHOULD have.  If you- hypothetical voter- don't have the benefits and workplace protections that civil employees have, we want to get them for YOU.

    We're asking that health coverage actually COVER people.  The ACA is a start.  But what are we doing arguing over whether or not the health coverage you PAY for should cover you?

    We gave trickle down theories about 30 years to work.  Guess what- they don't.  The only thing you can say for certain is that the rich and large corporations pay less in taxes.  Which absolutely has something to do with government deficits, the cut in services, while "you" (hypothetical voter) pay more in taxes for less.

    Conservatives love to chide the left with "life isn't fair."  That's not the point.  Everyone doesn't get what they want: not everyone makes it to the pros, or has a singing career, or wins an Oscar, etc.

    That doesn't mean our tax code can't be FAIR (or fairer).  That doesn't mean we can't push for FAIRER wages and benefits for workers everywhere.  That doesn't mean that the rich can't pay the same amount they did 30 years ago, when that horrible Socialist Ronald Reagan was in charge.

    The counter-point to those that say food stamps and welfare is getting things "for free" will be that we're INVESTING in our poorest citizens- most of whom will only need it temporarily- so that they can get through a rough patch and re-join society.

    Most right wingers will scoff at that....but point out who REALLY gets a free lunch: the Mitt Romneys who get all the benefits of living in America while stashing his wealth away from Uncle Sam.  The corporations who do as well.

    It's a start....

    In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man may be king.

    by Bring the Lions on Tue Aug 12, 2014 at 12:55:42 PM PDT

    •  the safety net (4+ / 0-)
      The counter-point to those that say food stamps and welfare is getting things "for free" will be that we're INVESTING in our poorest citizens- most of whom will only need it temporarily- so that they can get through a rough patch and re-join society.
      And those who do need those things permanently? These people are in a place you do not want to be in, and they don't either. And one thing the Rethugliklans can't seem to get their brains (alleged) around is this: It's a hell of a lot cheaper and better for business if these people are able to live with some dignity, rather than laying out on the street.

      Moreover, we're going to have to face the fact (and that PDQ) that barring a major downturn in the populations of nation and world alike, the norm of working for a living is going to go away for most of us. The semi-free market has spoken; and what it has decreed is that the market for all manner of human labor is irretrievably glutted. I doubt that anyone reading these words will ever see a truly balanced labor market again (zero unemployment/zero underemployment). No offense intended, but economic production just doesn't require the number of hands that we have out there now.

      "I have to remember that while Jesus dined with publicans, there is no record of his consorting with Republicans." -- entlord

      by thanatokephaloides on Tue Aug 12, 2014 at 03:37:10 PM PDT

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      •  The Big Open Secret (1+ / 0-)
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        That every political scientist knows is that welfare is the cheapest way to deal with people who can't be hired, find work, or able to work.  Cheaper than jail, even.

        Those who have been hammered by right wing propaganda can't and don't believe it, until you you show them the figures.

        In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man may be king.

        by Bring the Lions on Tue Aug 12, 2014 at 07:05:01 PM PDT

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  •  Peace. End the Wars. (5+ / 0-)

    we don't need to be spending money on USA imperialism. In DC, there's bipartisan support for USA imperialism, that's wrong. The money could be much better spent helping people.

    The War on Drugs is also a failure.

    The boss needs you, you don't need him. -- France general strike, May 1968

    by stargaze on Tue Aug 12, 2014 at 01:01:39 PM PDT

  •  bring them South to meet some Republicans (3+ / 0-)

    ...and hear what their plans for the world are.

    That's all it's ever taken to get me motivated to vote for Democrats.   I'm not rabid about voting because I just love Democrats.  I don't.  I think a lot of them are some whiney, annoying, ineffective idealogues with little understanding of human nature, who'll never manage to accomplish anything except disappointing themselves, no matter how well-intentioned.   But I know what the alternative is, and it's way-way-way-way-WAY fucking worse.  I think a lot of people here are safe in blue states and don't actually know a lot of Republicans and don't know what they're up against, and don't know what's been set loose in this country.  Some of the things I've read on this board convince me a lot of Democrats don't have a clue about who we're actually up against.  

    They should come down here and spend some time and meet a few real Republicans, hear the things they have to say, and hear what they'd like to do with liberals.  And to them, anything left of Pat Buchanan is a "liberal."  If you don't go to church, you're a "liberal."  If you're okay with gay rights, you're a "liberal."  If you aren't crazy about the welfare system but would rather have it in place than have people starve, you're a "liberal."  If you question the authority of the rich even while the system's being set up to rob us all blind -- even if you're poor yourself -- then you're a "liberal."  If you won't vote against your own interests straight down the line, no matter what, just to piss off the "liberals," then you're one of them, and they want your blood.

    If you actually know your enemy, you're already motivated to vote for Democrats... even if you're not crazy about your choice of Democrats.   You won't think "there's not much difference between the parties" or "Hillary Clinton's a right-winger" or all that yadda-yadda happy-hippie-horseshit anymore.  Get out of the bubble, get away from the cartoons, get eyeball-to-eyeball with some hardcore ignorant theocrats who don't only want to stop you from making progress but what to erase all the progress that you've made.  Meet them for real, learn what they're really like and how they want you to live.  You'll get a fast, ugly wake-up course in what your real options are, and you'll be desperate to keep Republicans out.  Really knowing real Republicans, personally, will be all the motivation you'll ever need.

    It's as simple as that.

    "Glenn Beck ends up looking like a fat, stupid child. His face should be wearing a chef's hat on the side of a box of eclairs. " - Doug Stanhope

    by Front Toward Enemy on Tue Aug 12, 2014 at 01:12:23 PM PDT

    •  That's nice (4+ / 0-)
      yadda-yadda happy-hippie-horseshit
      What's so horrible about peace?  What's so bad about loving one another?  What's the problem with holding politicians to these standards?

      There isn't much difference in the two parties in terms of inequality and sucking up to the rich.

      Hillary Clinton may not be a right winger relative to the right wingers, but she is a corporatist, and she is a war hawk.

      You really want to motivate people to vote?  Try honesty and respect, rather than

      yadda-yadda happy-hippie-horseshit
      Guarantee you won't name-call me into voting for your paragon of not-quite-as-bad-as-the-other-one.

      May you always find water and shade.

      by Whimsical Rapscallion on Tue Aug 12, 2014 at 01:57:48 PM PDT

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    •  So, in response to (4+ / 0-)

      "We need more than 'BE AFRAID OF REPUBLICANS' to win", your response is "BE AFRAID OF REPUBLICANS, to win!"

      Okay.

      As if people around here have never met a conservative IRL. I'm pretty sure we've all run into their startling, aggressive ignorance IRL at one time, and most of the messaging on this site is dedicated to "LOOK HOW CRAZY THEY ARE!"

      I read your comment and it sounds like "once you meet an actual conservative nutcase, you will fall in line and vote D no matter what." Which, coincidentally, seems to be the mantra of all the establishment status-quo Dems.

    •  Recipe for 40% turnout, again. (2+ / 0-)
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      As if we haven't heard this pitch before.

      I've never left a blank space on a ballot... but I will not vote for someone [who vows] to spy on me. I will not do it. - dclawyer06

      Trust, but verify. - Reagan
      Vote, but Occupy. - commonmass

      by Words In Action on Tue Aug 12, 2014 at 05:11:47 PM PDT

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  •  Sweeping buzzword generalities-Works for GOP (2+ / 0-)
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    Jobs and Lower Taxes for the Poor
    Democrats will not leave you behind
    Keep your government working with you, not against you. Vote Democrat.
    Democrats understand young people are the future and that is why we are working for you.
    Left Behind-The Working Poor-Don't vote Republican again
    Keep Social Security alive-vote Democrat
    Republicans will privatize Social Security and Medicare. Vote Democrat.

    Republican candidates say-"47% of Americans are deadbeats" Democrats don't think so. Democrats think Americans just need a hand up sometimes.

    Republicans voted against unemployment after they ruined the economy. They'll do it again. Vote Democrat.

     

    The US ranks 138th out of all 169 voting countries in actual voting. Since 1974, mid-term % of eligible voters who vote avgs. 37%. Democrats would dominate if they did one thing- GOTV. They never do. Curious.

    by Incredulousinusa on Tue Aug 12, 2014 at 01:33:33 PM PDT

    •  Re-phrase as specific policies/programs: (2+ / 0-)
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      Infrastructure Jobs Program
      Green Jobs Program
      Young Adults Jobs Program
      Student Loan Relief Program
      Increase Personal Exemption from $3,950 to $5,000
      Social Security Protection & Improvement Act
      Etc.

      I've never left a blank space on a ballot... but I will not vote for someone [who vows] to spy on me. I will not do it. - dclawyer06

      Trust, but verify. - Reagan
      Vote, but Occupy. - commonmass

      by Words In Action on Tue Aug 12, 2014 at 05:20:07 PM PDT

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      •  That, too. Different approaches work with (0+ / 0-)

        different people, so I say use emotional and pragmatic and see what resonates the best.

        The US ranks 138th out of all 169 voting countries in actual voting. Since 1974, mid-term % of eligible voters who vote avgs. 37%. Democrats would dominate if they did one thing- GOTV. They never do. Curious.

        by Incredulousinusa on Wed Aug 13, 2014 at 07:37:16 AM PDT

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  •  Join us (7+ / 0-)

    I'd go further and broader first, by making a statement that lays out a our values in a way that calls others to join us, and we do it by reclaiming and redefining stolen words like freedom and patriotism, by appealing to common sense and decency:

    We believe in freedom from fear. We believe one's right to own guns does not give one the right to parade it in public, terrifying the population and inuring our children to weapons of war. After all, no one can tell the madman from the sane man until the trigger is pulled. If you believe this, join us.

    As Democrats, we believe in true patriotism, where the freedom to assemble and peaceably protest is among the highest forms of patriotism, and thus should NEVER be met with police in battle dress. Our Constitution meant to protect us from armed soldiers in our streets. We do not accept the militarization of law enforcement as an end run around Posse Comitatus. If you believe this, join us.

    As Democrats, we know that only people are, well, people. Only people are born with inalienable rights. Corporations, which are inventions of law and whose limited liability in granted by the People, are not people. They cannot be put in jail. They cannot die. They do not suffer injury. And we won't tolerate word games that try to manipulate this common sense fact. If you believe this, join us.

    As Democrats, we proclaim that the idea and dream of America should not include a medical system that literally and fundamentally makes a dying child a profit opportunity. We are better than that and we know there are better ways, ways that will cost each and every one of us less. If you believe this, join us.

    As Democrats, we embrace science and education. Those who reject science align themselves with Communist tyrants from Stalin to Mao to PolPot, all who humiliated and murdered the educated, the scientists. We get our science views from scientists, not from political pundits. If you believe this, join us.

    As Democrats, we consider faith a deeply personal matter, which guides our lives. Yet, our faith is strong enough we do not fear the beliefs of others. Our faith is secure enough we do not impose it upon others. Ours is loving enough that we refuse to hate others who are different. If you believe this, join us.

    As Democrats, we understand our blood is the same color, our creation just as equal as another's. In America, there can be no caste. And, while we accept life is not fair, laws must be. No one is guaranteed success, but all must have a fair chance for it. If you believe this, join us.

    As Democrats, we insist justice is not for sale and that power must not shield from accountability. No person is above the law. This is a no trust or respect in a government without accountability. There is no America where there are kings. If you believe this, join us.

    In other words, I think we need an aspirational set of statements that forces people to take the side of sanity and decency, or take the side of hate and fear.

    Of the almost 1,900 dead Palestinians, the IDF said it killed "900 terrorists" in Gaza. Add that to its long list of lies.

    by pajoly on Tue Aug 12, 2014 at 01:57:49 PM PDT

  •  The Party of We Versus The Party of Me (3+ / 0-)

    These diaries drive me nuts sometimes. Did anyone else see the Romney 47% speech? I did. Did y'all catch the game-changing furor that created? Me too.

    Problem is - we let media consultants and academics whiff on capturing what that was all about, and started framing that around "fairness", "economic justice" and a bunch of hoo-haw most people don't really get boiled up about. And don't get me started on "Occupy" - mainstream Americans don't like to be part of a coup, and generally think of anarchy as illegal and dark.

    What it WAS about, however, fits as the answer to this diarist's question. Most people LOVE to feel part of something, productive, helpful and included. Most people HATE selfish people, people who feel they always right, and people who can't stand to be around other people, especially people who are different than themselves.

    The Party of WE Versus The Party of ME.

    Frame everything around this, and keep it simple.

    WE all dislike paying taxes, but MOST of us get that roads stay fixed, cops stay on the beat, our military men and women get paid, airplanes stay up in the air and seniors get medical coverage because WE step up an do our part together, while the Party of ME wants YOU to figure it out on their own.

    WE want America to be the true melting pot of views and nations it has always been, and we support the Rights of, and give a voice to Hispanics, African Americans, women, gays and lesbians, the poor, the wealthy, and everyone who wants to work hard for a fair chance at the American dream, regardless of how you look or what language you speak. The Party of ME condemns those who look different, speak different languages, worship differently or have different access to wealth than themselves.

    Etc.

    State your vision and ideals SIMPLY and frame them in the common good. Contrast it with the self-serving, discriminatory aims of the other side, and force them to prove you wrong. They can't and won't. You see -- the truth hurts...they don't like immigrants, poor people, Muslims, the elderly, Europeans, academics, etc. You help people see how the Party of ME doesn't really want YOU around, and you'll pretty soon have the same fire lit under the electorate as was set by the incindiary match of Mitt Romney's own unedited feelings when surrounded by a group of people who act and look exactly like him.

     

  •  Simple. (5+ / 0-)

    1. Reject Keystone (can be done with a pen tomorrow)

    2. Full solar within 5 years (it could be done)

    3. Shut down the NSA.
    4. Main Street over Wallstreet

    5. Corporations are not people.

    6. All Marriage is equal.

    Run with that platform and don't let the third turd way corporatist fucks water it down and we would win big.

    Hey Kos! Yes it is dumb to say the parties are exactly the same on every issue - but it is dangerous and willfully ignorant to not acknowledge when their rhetoric is different but the ECONOMIC outcomes are the same.

    by Tool on Tue Aug 12, 2014 at 02:09:40 PM PDT

    •  SMH. (0+ / 0-)

      New Republic: So are the left-wing blogs as bad as the Tea Party ones in this case? -------------------------Chuck Schumer: Left-wing blogs are the mirror image. They just have less credibility and less clout.

      by AlexDrew on Tue Aug 12, 2014 at 07:48:59 PM PDT

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  •  I applaud the effort, but (3+ / 0-)

    I honestly don't think the Democratic Party will give two shits about whatever you come up with.  They don't even hold to the platforms they adopt themselves at the conventions anymore.

    It's all about the money, and the Dems are sold on the kinder, gentler Repub-lite approach.  That's not going to change until they start losing elections, which will have unfortunate consequences for everyone.

  •  I am gonna think about this and post something (3+ / 0-)

    later today.

    #CampaignFinanceReform is the lynchpin of our democracy. #AIKIDOPROVERBMoveSoonerNotFaster ~

    by ArthurPoet on Tue Aug 12, 2014 at 02:17:13 PM PDT

  •  The American Manifesto on BoingBoing Graphically (1+ / 0-)
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    thanatokephaloides

    spells things out.  Maybe You can take something from this.

    The American Manifesto - Boing Boing

    We as Americans are fortunate.

    We live in a country with more freedoms than many and a vastly higher standard of living than most in the world. We waste more resources than many people have the opportunity to use, we have more cars than drivers, and we turn food crops into fuel while people go hungry. Our priorities are based on convenience and our leaders appear to make decisions based on financial and political gain. We as a disgruntled public stand by and allow it. We need to do something other than watch.

    My goal for this pamphlet is to honor the legacy of printers and activists from the past, such as Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Paine, who saw issues of the day and did their part to bring them to the attention of others. This information isn't new. It's readily available. These sobering facts and figures are thoroughly researched and cited. Originally, this pamphlet was planned as a satirical statement about the issues of our day, but in the end, the weight of this material was far too great to treat lightly. My hope is that it promotes a discourse with the readers and the desire to learn more and become more involved. Our democracy only works as well as the people involved in it. We as Americans have the responsibility to live up to our claims of being the greatest country on earth. If we don't step up to the plate, then that's not a claim we have the right to make.

    • "But such is the irresistable nature of truth, that all it asks, and all it wants is the liberty of appearing." Thomas Paine
    • "The trust of the innocent is the liar's most useful tool." Stephen King

    by Tommymac on Tue Aug 12, 2014 at 02:43:44 PM PDT

  •  I'd like to see a "Progressive Voter's Union" (2+ / 0-)
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    The GOP base has been immensely successful at pushing their party rightward. Yes, even when they go against the wishes of Corporate America (government shutdowns, debt ceiling, immigration, etc.). Look at the pro-Israel lobby. Amazingly successful at influencing our policy, despite representing a pretty damn small group of Americans...

    I suspect what we need is some type of voter's union, where we combine the moral language and ideals in the way Dr. Barber spoke of in his Netroots address, along with an engaged and disciplined voting bloc to back it up.

    There is only ONE reason that Democrats think they can get away with shit like proposing cuts to Social Security or opposing a living wage, and that's because they count on us allowing them to play for Wall Street and Corporate America, and still getting our votes out of fear of the GOP. That may even work occasionally, but it doesn't lead to consistent, sustained enthusiasm, or movement towards progressive change. We have to be willing to make them fear and respect us.

  •  words are so.... (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    thanatokephaloides

    not deeds.  

    Nonetheless I will vote for those who promise to work for and vote to get the influence of Big Bucks out of Gov  (the root of every issue)   And even more urgently....those who promise to work for and vote for a carbon tax and to get rid of subsidies for polluters ie fossil fuel industries. (fight for life on earth.)

    keep the carbon in the  ground if you want to keep your kids around.

    "When wealth rules, democracy dies." Me

    by leema on Tue Aug 12, 2014 at 02:59:28 PM PDT

  •  I'm for simple: (3+ / 0-)

    Minimum wage, 12.00- 15.00/hr.

    Immigration reform with a clear and rapid path to citizenship for dreamers, and a reasonable path for all. End deportations.

    Election reform, as in a national voting ID for every citizen.

    Infrastructure repair, and high speed rail.

    Internet neutrality.

    Police accountability.

    And lastly, go after the people who destroyed our economy with fraudulent banking, and go after the torture "folks."

    A true craftsman will meticulously construct the apparatus of his own demise.

    by onionjim on Tue Aug 12, 2014 at 03:04:22 PM PDT

  •  To be perfectly frank and fair, (1+ / 0-)
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    Republicans vote out of fear, Democrats vote out of anger.  Negative emotions work just as well on our side, just a different one.  People that feel helpless and impotent react in fear, people that are outraged by injustice react in anger.  Both work pretty well if you can gin up the emotion in question enough...

  •  Every D Candidate Would Benefit From This (1+ / 0-)
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    Republican chronic voters never, ever vote for Democrats and there is no such thing as the swing vote. The only way for a Democrat to win is to run in a safe district or motivate a sometimes disengaged base to show up. Even those few Conservadems that hold seats in red territory  do not pick up an appreciable number of registered Republican votes. They win through superior organization and try not to toss any red meat for Republicans to pounce on and ignite their opponents base.

    Patriotism is the last refuge to which a scoundrel clings. Steal a little and they throw you in jail. Steal a lot and they make you king.... Dylan

    by bywaterbob on Tue Aug 12, 2014 at 03:15:13 PM PDT

  •  Too little too late (4+ / 0-)

    And except for some token crumbs in September don't expect the Dems to do anything to make Wall Street unhappy.

  •  Whatever you come up with... (1+ / 0-)
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    thanatokephaloides

    ...MUST include "TRUTH"
    Of all the media resources, I have found that MSNBC has more hosts that stick to reporting on the truth of their stories. And, when they are found to err, they have publically admitted the error and corrected it. FOX...Well, I'm sure you all know how they feel about the truth. And I believe our candidates should be expected to be truthful in their campaigns. If WE (YOU AND ME) hold them up to scrutiny, by using our diaries as formal complaint platforms, more people will be inclined to read and repeat what we have written. Noone can argue about a truth. They can prattle on about the way you wrote it, but they cannot change the essence of the quote. I have never seen so many elected officials, or candidates, refuse to answer even the most banal of questions by repeating some response over and over again. Or say things like, "...I'm not a scientist."
    The fact is that more and more people are actually paying attention to what is happening around them. We are so hyper-connected that it's no longer easy for candidates to tell one group one thing and go to another rally and say something very different. They are being caught. Let's let them know that we are listening. And that we will out their lies, publically.
    Keep it simple and lose the word-salad. Most uf us just want to live with less anger, fear and insecurity. If platforms kept those things in mind, they would resonate more broadly.

  •  Here's a tangential idea (0+ / 0-)

    It appears to me that potential democratic voters loose their enthusiasm when they are subjected to a barrage of attack ads that imply that their candidates are suspect.  The solution? Promote services like Netflix that supply video entertainment without commercials and without the high cost of cable.

  •  WANT MORE WARS? VOTE REPUBLICAN! (0+ / 0-)
  •  Tweet? (0+ / 0-)

    As for trying to fit a statement of a nationwide policy platform into a fucking Tweet? Screw that! It can't be done! And it never will be, not so long as English is the kind of alphabetical language that it is. You could probably get it into 140 Chinese characters, yes; because most Chinese characters render a whole word, not just a single component of a word as Latin alphabeticals do.

    But that doesn't mean you have to write a book, either.

    Sooner or later, millennials will have to face the fact that some things just take real time, real thought, and real reading, and always will.

    This is why, as a general rule, I never Tweet. In my humble opinion, Tweet should be shredded. Twitter is one of the worst dis-services ever done to the English language -- and that's saying quite a bit, as there have been some doozies in the past.

    (I'm not a huge fan of automobile wreck generators "smart" phones, either. You want a computer, get a computer. If that makes me a Luddite, so be it.)

    "I have to remember that while Jesus dined with publicans, there is no record of his consorting with Republicans." -- entlord

    by thanatokephaloides on Tue Aug 12, 2014 at 03:52:10 PM PDT

  •  IMHO, I believe it has to be an either or set of (3+ / 0-)

    talking points for this election:

    Either you want to keep your affordable healthcare or lose it.

    Either you want the roads, bridges, airports, rail system and ports to improve or you want corporations to get more tax breaks.

    Either you want to keep Medicare and Social Security or lose it.

    Either you want a functioning government or you want to see Obama impeached.

    If you don't vote for Democrats, you know what you'll get.

    Best. President. Ever.

    by Little Lulu on Tue Aug 12, 2014 at 04:08:09 PM PDT

  •  Tired (1+ / 0-)
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    The purpose of DailyKos is to "elect more and better Democrats."

    People comment on diaries like this one all the time, complaining that the existing candidates do not come up to some level of perfection and that Wall Street is running everything, and that Rethug gerrymandering makes winning impossible.

    The back story to all these complaints is a fantasy that if things get bad enough, the American Public will adopt the politics of the writers and storm the barricades.

    There is no evidence that this will ever happen.

    I applaud inventive ideas to get the vote out, motivate excellent candidates and move the Overton Window to the left.

    Can we save the complaints for November 5 ?

  •  to promote enthusiasm there is one thing (0+ / 0-)

    we must not do: nominate a hawkish corporatist for president.

    working for a world that works for everyone ...

    by USHomeopath on Tue Aug 12, 2014 at 04:16:04 PM PDT

  •  The Democrats are now merely a party of (0+ / 0-)

    social issues. The vast majority of elected Democratic officials have much more in common with Lloyd Blankfein than Elizabeth Warren when it comes to economic policy.

    I'm sitting out my first election ever, because there is absolutely no point whatsoever in casting ballots for John Carney or Chris Coons.

    I'm permanently done with Democrats who act like this is a glorified game of "The Price is Right"--try to come as close to the Republican Party as possible without going over.

    I am an economic Keynesian, a social libertarian, a foreign policy internationalist, and militantly anti-authoritarian in every way shape and form.

    by zemongoose on Tue Aug 12, 2014 at 04:25:49 PM PDT

    •  Sorry to hear that (1+ / 0-)
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      happymisanthropy

      I see that Delaware has a population of some nine hundred thousand souls.

      My neighbors to the north in Vermont, population six hundred thousand, have shown time and again that a small but determined interest group can exert an outsized influence over policy in a smallish state.  Are there any groups working that angle in Delaware?

      Vai o tatu-bola escamoso encontrar-me onde estou escondendo? Lembro-me do caminho de ouro, uma pinga de mel, meu amado Parati (-8.75,-8.36)

      by tarkangi on Tue Aug 12, 2014 at 04:42:14 PM PDT

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      •  Unfortunately not. (2+ / 0-)
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        The Delaware Progressive groups haven't shown any willingness to back a primary challenge to Carney, Coons (or Carper for that matter). I remember bringing up the idea of primarying Carper shortly after the 2004 election (he was up in '06), but was told that as progressives, it behooved us to support the Democrat no matter what.

        I am an economic Keynesian, a social libertarian, a foreign policy internationalist, and militantly anti-authoritarian in every way shape and form.

        by zemongoose on Tue Aug 12, 2014 at 07:11:27 PM PDT

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        •  That's terrible (1+ / 0-)
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          I think we can agree that the primary is exactly the right time to be challenging the status quo within the party.

          I suppose that what the central party had that the progressives lacked was organization - which can make quite the difference.

          Vai o tatu-bola escamoso encontrar-me onde estou escondendo? Lembro-me do caminho de ouro, uma pinga de mel, meu amado Parati (-8.75,-8.36)

          by tarkangi on Tue Aug 12, 2014 at 07:22:30 PM PDT

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  •  Make the rich (inc. corps) pay their fair share (3+ / 0-)

    This is the theme would get people to vote.  Then explicate what can be done with that money- rebuilding infrastructure; creating livable jobs; small business loan support, etc.

    It really is the economy, stupid.  

    Of course, this is just wishful thinking.  No politician has the fortitude to go after the rich.  But this is the solution for our political and social woes.  

  •  Truman's quote (2+ / 0-)
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    The people don't want a phony Democrat. If it's a choice between a genuine Republican, and a Republican in Democratic clothing, the people will choose the genuine article, every time; that is, they will take a Republican before they will a phony Democrat
    Prescient? It's almost like he was observing today's Democratic party!!

    -5.38, -2.97
    The NRA doesn't represent the interests of gun owners. So why are you still a member?

    by ChuckInReno on Tue Aug 12, 2014 at 04:45:30 PM PDT

  •  Actually what we really need to fire up voters (1+ / 0-)
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    ChuckInReno

    is for the GOP to try to impeach Obama.

    Hopefully his immigration EO does that.

    If you refuse to vote for the Democrat in a Presidential general election, then I hold you personally responsible for any right-wing Supreme Court decision.

    by USA629 on Tue Aug 12, 2014 at 04:49:02 PM PDT

    •  Didn't help them in '98. (1+ / 0-)
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      happymisanthropy

      Senate remained unchanged. Picked up 5 in the House, but they were still down double-digits.

      I've never left a blank space on a ballot... but I will not vote for someone [who vows] to spy on me. I will not do it. - dclawyer06

      Trust, but verify. - Reagan
      Vote, but Occupy. - commonmass

      by Words In Action on Tue Aug 12, 2014 at 05:55:22 PM PDT

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  •  My list (1+ / 0-)
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    I can't get it down to eight, sorry. But most liberal-leaning voters will find one or more issues on this list to fire them up:

    1.    Gun regulation
    2.    Prison reform
    3.    Reining in the Military / defense complex
    4.    Tax reform to incentivize investment, and to significantly boost inheritance taxes.
    5.    Restoring privacy, reining in the out-of-control “intelligence” agencies
    6.    Single payer medicine
    7.    Funding for drug treatment programs and services for the mentally ill
    8.    Restoring our democracy, especially (a) treating corporations like legal entities without personal rights, and (b) ending the destructive policies of partisan redistricting.
    9.    Supreme court appointments!!

    -5.38, -2.97
    The NRA doesn't represent the interests of gun owners. So why are you still a member?

    by ChuckInReno on Tue Aug 12, 2014 at 04:56:16 PM PDT

    •  I forgot (1+ / 0-)
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      10.  Investing in infrastructure
      11.  Investing in all forms of post-secondary education
      12.  Ending corporate-driven school testing systems

      There's a long list of items that we should include in a liberal-leaning contract for America. Nearly all middle-class, lower-class, and educated Americans will identify with more than one of these points. Enough so that they will get out and VOTE, instead of staying home.

      -5.38, -2.97
      The NRA doesn't represent the interests of gun owners. So why are you still a member?

      by ChuckInReno on Tue Aug 12, 2014 at 05:00:40 PM PDT

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  •  How did salad get in there? (0+ / 0-)

    I'm eating a salad now, with fresh cukes, tomatoes, and green peppers from my own garden.

    Ed FitzGerald for governor Of Ohio. Women's lives depend on it. http://www.edfitzgeraldforohio.com/

    by anastasia p on Tue Aug 12, 2014 at 05:33:24 PM PDT

  •  I just had a conversation (0+ / 0-)

    with my Independent friend today;

    I boiled down way to "fix govt" to these basic points,

    (which he found very "agreeable")

    Public Financing of Campaigns. (Candidates should not be indebted to the highest bidder.)

    Term Limits for Public Office, especially Congress.

    If Corporations are People -- then we need a way to 'Dissolve' them when they do harm.  (in the vernacular:  A Corporate Death Penalty.)

    If Corporations are People -- then they need to be Taxed like People (ie No Corporate Tax Loopholes.)

    A livable Minimum Wage, including Equal Pay for Women, etc.

    More Public Jobs, especially for Gen-Y jobless. (in the vernacular:  more Infrastructure Jobs.)

    Defunding the NSA, the CIA, and DHS -- by making them "more accountable" for the funds they do get.

    Restore the Fourth Amendment.

    Real accountability in the DOJ, with prosecutors that will protect people over corporations.


    Granted these are a bit "outside the margins"

    of a bullet-point, boiler-plate, 1-Page Democratic Platform,

    -- but they were music to this Independent's ears.

    I suspect, he is not alone, in that regard.


    Sooner or later were going to have to: Trade in those Carbon Footprints ...

    by jamess on Tue Aug 12, 2014 at 05:59:45 PM PDT

  •  Overturn Citizens United, eliminate corportocracy (0+ / 0-)

    "It's no measure of health being well adjusted to a profoundly sick society"

    by buckshot face on Tue Aug 12, 2014 at 06:09:02 PM PDT

  •  First, the bull shit lying has to stop. Say wha... (2+ / 0-)
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    First, the bull shit lying has to stop. Say whatever the voters want to hear and then do as they damn well please. Then try running someone who has an ounce of principle. Obama 2008 was a mastery of lies. All he lacked was the revival tent.

  •  I Get a Chance to Vote McTurtle Out of Office. (1+ / 0-)
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    happymisanthropy

    I guess not everyone can be as lucky.

    It's enough to fire me up to vote.

    Dude has got to go!

    Those who admittedly bookmark online comments of various people in order to use it against them in the future are creepy fucking losers.

    by kefauver on Tue Aug 12, 2014 at 07:01:56 PM PDT

  •  It's all about the moral fusion movement (1+ / 0-)
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    peregrine kate

    Reverend Barber of the NC NAACP, leader of the Moral Monday movement here in North Carolina, laid it out in a brilliant speech at Netroots Nation.

    Here is the speech and a summary of the moral agenda.

    I strongly, strongly encourage y'all to watch. You won't be sorry.

    “Better the occasional faults of a government that lives in a spirit of charity than the consistent omissions of a government frozen in the ice of its own indifference.” -- FDR, 1936

    by SolarMom on Tue Aug 12, 2014 at 07:32:40 PM PDT

  •  Very important diary, thanks (0+ / 0-)

    -1.63/ -1.49 "Speaking truth to power" (with snark of course)! Follow on Twitter @dopper0189

    by dopper0189 on Tue Aug 12, 2014 at 07:50:18 PM PDT

  •  A Real Citizens United proposal (0+ / 0-)

    If we can't limit the money that flows into the elections how about we limit the time it can?  I propose the Democrats stand for Campaign Term Limits.  I don't really care exactly what that time limit is, 90 days or so, but what I like about using "term limits" is it steals an idea from the Righties who want "term limits" on elected office.

    And really, who doesn't want boundaries put around our campaigns?  Oh I know, the politicians and their managers would howl, but nearly everyone I've talked to about this is enthused and I think if presented properly, it could be something to really get excited about.  It's simple and easy to grasp.  Campaigns would start on August 4th, 20-- and end on election day.  Then our elected officials have to GOVERN from that point on.  What would be the point of raising unlimited cash if you could only purchase so much time on only so many media platforms?  

    Another way to look at this is, don't we all have to live within the constraints of time and money?  How dare they get this blank cheque of unlimited money AND time?

    It would truly have to be a grassroots effort.

  •  Here's one from 8.5 years ago on this topic: (1+ / 0-)
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    Democracy - 1 person 1 vote. Free Markets - More dollars more power.

    by k9disc on Tue Aug 12, 2014 at 09:00:39 PM PDT

  •  Reject Fear, Reject Hate, Embrace Progress (0+ / 0-)

    Care for the environment, not just limited to Climate Change or Renewable Energy issues. Protect our land, our water, our air, our very life.

  •  Hmm (0+ / 0-)

    Then it can get ignored as soon as elections are over, just like the platform.

    The problem right now is trust. I have pretty much none left.

  •  'Unless we stand up, they'll take us further down' (0+ / 0-)

    I somewhat disagree that fear doesn't motivate our side. Fear of, or anger with, the GOP damage they're already inflicted is a legitimate factor to use as leverage.

    Something along the lines of:

    'Look what the GOP's done lately... If we don't stand up and vote them out, they'll take us further down.'

    Or pix of the Teahadists & their hats, captioned, 'Is this really who you want making sure your bridges are safe? Get out & vote.'

    'Sitting on the sidelines has gotten us idiots like this, pitch in and pitch them out.'

    Information is abundant, wisdom is scarce. ~The Druid.
    ~Ideals aren't goals, they're navigation aids.~

    by FarWestGirl on Wed Aug 13, 2014 at 04:59:06 AM PDT

  •  Not so much about issues as it is groups (1+ / 0-)
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    ChuckInReno

    Yes, we need issues and a reason to vote for Democrats and Progressives and you've outlined some important ones. But ideas are not as important at friends, family, and groups when it comes to actual behavior.

    Churches that organize group voting parties work. Families and family that go to the polls together work.

    The famous America Soldier Study found that soldiers do not fight because of their politics. Soldiers fight for their immediate "buddies."

    Few people actually join a church because of the ideology. Often they have no clue about their church doctrine. They join churches because of family and friends and might learn about the dogma later.

    To get people to the polls, we need to organize group voting around an issue. People showing up with family (Betty got Obamacare and we are going to support her), friends (let's support our gay/lesbian friends), student groups (cheaper student loans), etc.

    I don't know what consciousness is or how it works, but I like it.

    by SocioSam on Wed Aug 13, 2014 at 05:22:50 AM PDT

  •  Today's McClatchy-Marist poll (0+ / 0-)

    Generic congressional ballot; Dems were six points ahead in April and are six points BEHIND now.  Republican figure hasn't changed at all, Dems have collapsed by something like 12 percent.  If this isn't turned around and fast, 2010 will look like a picnic and the election will break records for low turnout.  Better hope Ruth Ginsberg lasts another couple years.

  •  Also, if Dems continue to demand magic ponies... (1+ / 0-)
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    as a condition for merely VOTING, we will get what we deserve in the way of repealed health care, gutted Social Security, impeachment, gridlock in the executive branch, and a choice between fascist judges or no judges.

  •  Out of the many; One! We are all in this Together. (0+ / 0-)

    All together changes the result. Just look at the advances of the LGBT initiatives.

    Beware the Will o'the Wisp. A lantern that leads to the edge of the chasm is not a true light...

    by portorcliff on Wed Aug 13, 2014 at 06:28:55 AM PDT

  •  The Contract for America was largely a myth (0+ / 0-)

    in the sense that it is what propelled the GOP to victory. Yes, it is existed, but most voters didn't even know about it and of those that did, most couldn't name what was in it. 94 was always going to be a poor year for the Democrats. It was an off year election, Clinton was unpopular having raised taxes, redistricting went poorly in a number of key states and the people were frustrated with Congress due to things like the Post office and House bank scandals.

  •  three big things (0+ / 0-)

    1.  End voter suppression

    2.   Tax breaks for companies that insource, no tax breaks for companies that outsource

    (GOP blocks this everytime... let the American people see them take a stand against THAT)

    3. Stand for passage of Veteran's health care bill.  

    (the GOP blocked this again--Veterans are starting to figure out the GOP just pays lip service.  we need to go after this vote hard.)

    4. Passage of a comprehensive immigration bill

    (again, the GOP hates to confront this issue because it alarms the bigots in their party)

    The Seminole Democrat
    Confronting the criminally insane who rule our state; as well as the apathy of the vast majority who let them.

    by SemDem on Thu Aug 14, 2014 at 10:45:10 AM PDT

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