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FrenchieCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 12:48 PM
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"Don't Want" VS. "Should Want"
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Edited on Fri Jan-28-05 12:55 PM by FrenchieCat
In my view, it seems like "don't want" issues are more effective in reasonating with voters these days, e.g., don't want more taxes; dont want big unions; don't want trial lawyers; don't want more terrorist attacks; don't want big government programs; don't want gay people living next door; don't want guns taken away; don't want government regulations; don't want people telling them they can't pray; don't want failing schools; don't want no welfare; don't want illigal immigrants, etc., etc., etc...

Maybe there's something to be said about selling "don't want" issues as opposed to the Democrats' who tend to promote "should want" issues, e.g.; health care, social security, a balanced budget, peace on earth, equal rights for everyone, higher wages, a balance playing field, economic opportunities, superior public education and affordable secondary education.

Is this the reason that Republicans are so effective in getting voters to align with them, even if the overwhelming majority of the Republicans' policies are against the interest of such voters (for the most part)?

I am quickly concluding that although Democrats have been given the "Big Tent" reputation, it's the Republicans that have been building a "big tent" reality for some time now based on cobbling groups of those supporting "Don't Want" issues.

It does appear that the Repugs seem able to gather all different types of contrasting "one issue voters" together under the big Republican banner, i.e.; The Radical Fundies, the Hate big Government/hate taxes, the racists, The homophobes, the military, the state righters, the anti-abortionists, the Neocons, the isolationists, the anti-welfarers, The Gun owners, Nascar dads, the Security moms, the anti-Clintons and the capitalist free marketers/Wall street type who mostly voted Bush. And Repugs also appear to be making some headway in attracting minorities much better than in their Republican past...not based on the whole GOP platform....but just on one or two little parts of the social portion of their platform.

That is a real feat if you ask me....and it seems to be how they get so many more votes than they deserve (apart from the voting "irregularities").

Democrats, often are interpreted as being milktoast-like and of having a "mixed" message. Is this because they want to be inclusive and to be all things to as many as possible?

So is the problem that Democrats end up offering watered down versions on just about everything...trying to keep "even keel" policy offers that might please a majority of their party members.....and framing most issues in the optimistic "should want" mentality....as opposed to what voters "don't want".

I am starting to believe, based on the last few election cycles, that a case can be made that many voters feel they have more power telling the government what they "don't want"....rather than asking for what they "should want" to have.

Is it possible that we are no longer a "can do" nation....but a have become a "don't want" nation?

It's something to ponder. Maybe the Democrats' messages have to be framed in a "don't want" fashion instead of "should want" proposals. Maybe that would speak deeper into the hearts of Americans in the unfortunate current political climate.

What say you?
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