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Mortgaging Our Future

August 21, 2007 at 12:19 pm

One of the biggest Republican talking points is personal responsibility. Why? Because there is a strong tradition in this country of taking ownership for your actions and this value resonates with a wide variety of people. While Republicans take advantage of this value, Progressives miss many opportunities to show that […]

On Norman Mailer on Iraq

August 17, 2007 at 10:23 pm

I think I love Norman Mailer. Let’s look at a few things Norman Mailer does in this video clip to communicate his values. The question that was asked of him was to talk about “honor” and “shame” when it comes to Iraq. He talks about loving America as if he […]

Who’s Talking About Community?

July 10, 2007 at 9:19 pm

Driving back through South Carolina after the 4th of July, I happened across a gospel speaker on AM radio. Always curious I thought I’d give him a listen through the rest of the state. He spoke about the fact that Americans feel they’ve lost a sense of community. “Are you […]

Let the Markets Work, End Government No-Bids

June 30, 2007 at 7:56 am

Traditional arguments for competition and free markets go something like this: let the markets work, this will lead to more choice, better value and improved service. Competition is generally perceived as a good thing. Politicians have often used this argument to “open up” government run businesses such as the old […]

In Search of an Objective Media

June 24, 2007 at 3:33 pm

You know you’ve heard it. The dreaded “liberal media” label that has sent scores of journalists scurrying to defend themselves against accusations of bias. Conservatives love the liberal media frame because it has been tremendously effective for them. Rather than deal directly with an argument, just dismiss it as liberal. […]

It’s Still the Economy, Stupid

June 16, 2007 at 11:09 am

Whatever happened to James Carville’s slogan from the Clinton years? Has the Iraq war dominated all discussion? Is the economy so good right now that we don’t have to worry about it? Is it no longer the economy, stupid? I don’t believe either of these statements are true. But what […]

The Importance of Vision

June 10, 2007 at 10:54 am

One of the things that people remember most about the Reagan years was his push for smaller government. This Republican mantra has served the party well because people believe in it. In fact, in many ways, it defines what it means to be a Republican. Whether Republicans are actually creating […]

Democrats’ Top Priority

June 4, 2007 at 10:37 pm

Democratic presidential hopefuls were asked what their top priority was in a recent CNN debate. Here’s a sampling of responses:

  • Edwards: “travel the world” and “re-establish America’s moral authority.”
  • Clinton: bring home U.S. troops from Iraq.
  • Obama: bring home U.S. troops and push for national health care.
  • New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson: upgrade U.S. schools and push a $40,000-a-year minimum wage for teachers.

How to Win the Iraq Argument

June 2, 2007 at 10:42 pm

The majority of people believe that the war in Iraq is not being run or managed well. When discussing the Iraq War, a winning platform would be to emphasize a “successful end” to the war.

Lessons From the Iraq War Funding Fight

June 2, 2007 at 5:56 pm

Rich Galen, former communications director for Newt Gingrich, recently compared the Democrats fight to fund the Iraq War with the newly elected Republican house of 1995. His point was that both parties tried to set the agenda and introduce change by using the “will of the American people” argument. Newly elected leaders say things like they have a “mandate” from the people because a majority just voted for them. Political capital, they call it.