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trezic Donating Member (114 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-16-05 07:49 AM
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1. Toss the social liberalism. Quit advocating it. It loses votes and isn't nearly as important as economic issues.

2. A fair-trade policy. As an example, the US would not trade with China until the People's Liberation Army got out of business and the courts are independent. Nor would it trade with any country that trades with China. As the US is the buyer of last resort, as well as the center of the financial universe, there is some chance of this being successful. This is just an example, not a well-thought out proposal, so go easy eh?

3. Be specific and honest with proposals. Some people seem to think this is a bad idea. I invite them to read the fireside chats of FDR. He didn't get bogged down in terminology, but he laid out complex ideas very well so that anyone could understand them.

4. Get informed about monetary policy. This seems like a really technical issue that requires experts, but somehow the Populists, a lot of whom were illiterate farmers, had little trouble understanding it.

5. Reclaim God. I'm a Catholic, so I don't know if this is specific to us or general, but the teaching I have heard my entire life is "Whatever you do for the least of Me, you do for Me." Frame the debate in these terms, like FDR did.

6. Reform the redistricting of Congress. This is the most important issue of all, I think. If Congress isn't districted to protect the extreme incumbents, it becomes more likely that moderates will be elected. Centrists, whether right or left, are preferable to exremes of either side because they don't have an ideology to defend. Pragmatism was a Democratic value until the 70s and we could desperately use it once again.
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