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JohnOneillsMemory Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 05:41 PM
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16. How about rehabilitating national identity by fighting fire with fire?
(This was my response to Will Pitt's response that 'winning is more important than being right' over in the 'What is your most unpopular view on DU?-thread.)

Either/or is a self-defeating definition of choices.
How much compromise with fascists before you end up holding THEIR leash?

Liberals need to "be right" AND "win" at the same time or win battles while losing the war.


Can the 'truth' be heard by ears poisoned with Orwellified propaganda?

YES. By speaking to the primal emotions around 'morality' the Repubs have been speaking while secretly committing atrocities.

My answer: Rehabilitate the deepest ingrained beliefs about national identity, don't deny them and be dismissed as immoral and irrelevant.

Instead of trying to back up 358 degrees to explain how civic morality has been Orwellified into fascism, push forward 2 degrees to manifest the better nation already embedded in our national identity.

I see these 'framing' repairs working and being heard.

Examples:
1)Bad-
'America is White Hat Sheriff Using Bombs and Torture on Bad Guys'

>>Restoration-America's White Hat comes from abiding by laws in the Bill of Rights and Constitution and Geneva Conventions and UN Charter.

2)Bad-
'America is God's Chosen Few Smiting Evil-doers and Lazy Poor'

>>Restoration-Promote the New Deal as the teachings of Jesus.
America embodies Jesus' Beatitudes and the Statue of Liberty's open-armed compassionate morality of The Strong Protecting and Feeding the Weak and Poor, NOT the Strong PREYING on the Weak. This is the way to undue the Reagan-era meme that cash=virtue and get back to the populism of unions=community.

Our social progess has been driven back through the 1960s all the way to the 1930s. We need to better describe the eugenics of fascism that people recognized back then and who fascists are and how they operate.

If I were George Lakoff, I'd call this 'The Woody Guthrie Project.'
Themesong: 'This Land is Your Land'
(WesClark used this, right? It was a good idea.)
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