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trezic Donating Member (114 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-16-05 06:49 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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  -What can Dem. party do to attract those who didn't vote in the past? bobweaver  Jan-12-05 03:34 PM   #0 
  - If you didn't vote in 2004?  Vash the Stampede   Jan-12-05 03:35 PM   #1 
  - didn't pdiddy already do the threat thing  tk2kewl   Jan-12-05 03:42 PM   #3 
  - Yeah, "Vote or Die"  Vash the Stampede   Jan-12-05 03:43 PM   #5 
     - lol  tk2kewl   Jan-12-05 03:44 PM   #7 
  - I was surprised to learn that 2004 was the second highest turnout  Pacifist Patriot   Jan-15-05 03:57 PM   #49 
  - A few ideas  JaneDoughnut   Jan-12-05 03:40 PM   #2 
  - better outreach is crucial........  bettyellen   Jan-12-05 04:08 PM   #10 
  - That's terrible.  renaissanceguy   Jan-14-05 04:09 AM   #35 
  - I couldn't agree more  marions ghost   Jan-14-05 08:18 AM   #44 
  - I'd like to see a concerted campaign NOW to get teens involved  blondeatlast   Jan-12-05 03:42 PM   #4 
  - You're absolutely correct!  NickiWitch   Jan-12-05 06:42 PM   #16 
  - Exactly.  renaissanceguy   Jan-14-05 04:12 AM   #36 
  - As a 16-year old with a 45-year old's brain...  Democrat Dragon   Jan-15-05 02:42 PM   #48 
  - Yes, yes...  sueh   Jan-17-05 04:49 PM   #52 
  - Get some charismatrons  zacho   Jan-13-05 08:37 PM   #33 
  - Put working class economic issues on the table  Warpy   Jan-12-05 03:44 PM   #6 
  - I think its time to try and re-claim the progressive and greens  MadAsHellNewYorker   Jan-12-05 03:46 PM   #8 
  - Grow some sack?  aden_nak   Jan-12-05 03:54 PM   #9 
  - Oh I Don't Know I used to be an "R" voter and  Wisc Badger   Jan-12-05 04:22 PM   #11 
  - I never voted democrat until this year - independent or didn't vote  dmordue   Jan-12-05 04:43 PM   #12 
     - Say, a thread on how dems can pull in repubs  DaedelusNemo   Jan-14-05 04:51 AM   #37 
  - Keep the focus on how screwed up everything is and thats its  Kota   Jan-12-05 04:53 PM   #13 
  - get a spine. thats what they need to do.  burn the bush   Jan-12-05 05:11 PM   #14 
  - Appeal to common sense values.  Liberty Belle   Jan-12-05 05:24 PM   #15 
  - I like that approach!!!  Wisc Badger   Jan-13-05 07:59 AM   #19 
  - I completely agree with you  DaedelusNemo   Jan-14-05 05:05 AM   #38 
  - Utilize our local Democratic elected officials  mandyky   Jan-12-05 07:34 PM   #17 
  - I agree with your thoughts and further...  itzamirakul   Jan-13-05 06:36 AM   #18 
     - We should definitely run people everywhere  DaedelusNemo   Jan-14-05 05:16 AM   #39 
  - I think a pretty simple principle operates here.  Tafiti   Jan-13-05 09:09 AM   #20 
  - politics is a theater of lies in which we can have no influence  DaedelusNemo   Jan-14-05 05:26 AM   #40 
  - Another idea  JaneDoughnut   Jan-13-05 10:34 AM   #21 
  - I say 'COMMUNITY," and I hammer it over and over and over..again!  Maat   Jan-13-05 11:12 AM   #22 
  - I disagree about the "selfishness" thing  JaneDoughnut   Jan-13-05 12:05 PM   #23 
     - We must have miscommunicated.  Maat   Jan-13-05 07:08 PM   #31 
  - Demand accountability for government and corporations  DaedelusNemo   Jan-14-05 05:29 AM   #41 
  - Only a SOUTHERN candidate will siphon red state votes  El Fuego   Jan-13-05 12:22 PM   #24 
  - Agree 100%  dist22dem   Jan-13-05 12:59 PM   #26 
  - Disagree  JaneDoughnut   Jan-13-05 05:09 PM   #29 
  - Did people really see Clark as a southerner in '04?  Ken Burch   Jan-15-05 02:34 AM   #46 
  - Voting reform.  StephanieMarie   Jan-13-05 12:24 PM   #25 
  - It's also a political opportunity  DaedelusNemo   Jan-14-05 05:32 AM   #42 
  - Wacky, but think about it before you laugh uproariously...  blondeatlast   Jan-13-05 03:48 PM   #27 
  - BRILLIANT!  crispini   Jan-13-05 03:57 PM   #28 
  - Why thank you!--if only they paid me for this stuff!  blondeatlast   Jan-13-05 06:14 PM   #30 
     - I don't know that moving the DNC to the Midwest would help.  Maat   Jan-13-05 07:12 PM   #32 
     - No, just physically move the entire DNC headquarters to a red state.  crispini   Jan-13-05 09:19 PM   #34 
        - I guess it would be good, symbolically speaking.  Maat   Jan-14-05 10:41 AM   #45 
     - Now we can pile 'em up instead of 'em just going down the drain : ) /nt  DaedelusNemo   Jan-14-05 05:33 AM   #43 
  - Pack up the DNC HQ and move it to Antarctica  eg101   Jan-17-05 06:26 PM   #54 
  - One thing we need to do is pound the Republican party over and...  Lone_Star_Dem   Jan-15-05 11:22 AM   #47 
  - Give them a reason to EARN their vote?  TankLV   Jan-15-05 11:33 PM   #50 
  - ...  trezic   Jan-16-05 06:49 AM   #51 
  - Huh! We actually agree on something  eg101   Jan-17-05 06:22 PM   #53 
  - work locally to build the party representation...  pinto   Jan-17-05 06:44 PM   #55 
  - Voting Behavior in White Democrats  crunchygranola25   Apr-29-11 02:02 AM   #56 
  - I think that  craticdemo   Oct-29-11 12:25 PM   #57 
  - Secretly promote the Republican Party.  rorschach1620   Oct-29-11 05:16 PM   #58 
  - Deleted message  Name removed   Dec-04-11 08:26 PM   #59 

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