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psyntist Donating Member (215 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-17-04 10:13 AM
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Democratic memes
I would like to start a discussion about various ideas and try to come to some sort of an idea on how to make the notion into a meme that will actually propagate. (For a discussion on memes see http://www.memecentral.com /)

George Lakoff has suggested some wonderful memes;
When anyone mentions trial lawyer say public protection attorney. They are our last line of defense against corporations.
The moral economy is another.

Here is something I recently thought about. I always thought that the congress was suppose to deliberate laws and work toward a consensus. To try and find weakness is laws and work to fill those gaps. To find out if the law has a plan that really makes sense. To understand the lasting effects of a law. To do all of these things before they actually pass a law. It is a way to prevent the "tyranny of the majority" A theme that all the founding fathers were clearly worried about. However, in right now, this is not happening. Almost immediately after a law is thought, it is past. There are no real deliberations happening in congress. Congress is in runaway mode and I just think it is going to get worse when the next session starts. How do you frame this idea to penetrate the civic discourse? To read the masses?

Patiences is a value.
Stop the runway congress.

We need some examples of bad legislation that has been past in haste and has had negative effects on average people. Medicare reform? Anything else.
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DireStrike Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-17-04 10:20 AM
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1. Hiya, you might wanna visit this forum
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psyntist Donating Member (215 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-17-04 10:23 AM
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2. Thanks
Thanks. Been awhile since I have been here.
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DireStrike Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-17-04 10:32 AM
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3. Been some changes recently
We now have "groups", essentially forums on whatever. If you can get 10 people with a star to agree, you can start a group.

I recommend looking through the new categories on the side - politics forums, non political/issues forums, and groups. Plus the archived/leftover forums.
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OneBlueSky Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-17-04 11:16 AM
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4. the New Populist Majority is my favorite . . .
suggests that

a) it's a new approach;

b) it's populist, i.e. for the people and against the corporations; and

c) we're the majority, i.e. there's more of us than there are of them . . .
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