Democratic Talking Points - "Real Security" Begins at Home
Now I don't intend to critique this document. I'm late to the game, and there are literally thousands of analyses out there. Read it for yourself. (It's not that long.) No, I'm going to suggest an alternative based on the notion that, when it comes to providing security, a rigorously applied defense is better than a badly coordinated and recklessly applied offense. So with that in mind, here are the talking points I wish Democrats would use:
- Apply security where it matters most: At home
- Apply security where it's most cost effective: At home
- Apply security where we have the greatest level of control: At home
- Apply security where we have the best chance of success: At home
Here's another retort: Remember, it's the flawed strategy of the W, Rove and Co that got us into the illegitimate war in Iraq, not failed tactics as executed by our expert and excellent military as they would have you believe.
While I agree wholeheartedly with this statement, I don't think that it's relevant when what were talking about the is strategy for winning an election. It's my hope that on the issue of national security the Democrats will create an agenda that 1) Appeals to the electorate a "a gut level" and 2) Is easily defensible. I think that the "security at home first" is such a strategy. The complexities can wait until after we've regained control of the House and Senate. At that point all we need to do is articulate how complex legislation and policy ties back to what was promised.
It's already been aptly demonstrated how we can't go "point-for-point" with Republicans. They'll always default to questioning our patriotism and middle-America will always nod it's head and say, "Yup, I see that," unless we come up with some that appeals more. Appeal to "cost", "efficiency", "focus" and "liklihood of success" and the Republican's won't have a leg to stand on because they've failed on all four.
Frankly, I think it's more than a little sad that the liberals are attempting to hijack an issue they know nothing about. What next? Will they champion the right-to-life agenda? Will they call for the summary execution of all illegal aliens? Stick to what you know, people!
There is always the hope that they might learn some lessons, dabbling in other people's affairs - and pigs might fly and froggies dance a polka...
I think many of the moms and pops who nod their heads when Rove and Co. attack Democrats' patriotism and values might also nod their heads if Dems reiterate again and again how Republicans have rewritten the rules in our society to make it fundamentally unfair for the middle and working classes in favor of the big corporations, the banks, the creidt card companies, the oil companies, etc. When people see their credit card statements, their energy bills, etc., they'll know exactly what Dems mean.
Let me give you just a quick example: I received a credit card application in the mail today from Bank of America (0% APR until August 2007). On the application, I noticed this clause (not all that prominent, btw):
"WE HAVE THE RIGHT TO CHANGE YOUR TERMS, RATES, AND FESS AT ANY TIME, FOR ANY REASON, IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CARDHOLDER AGREEMENT AND APPLICABLE LAW. PLEASE REFER TO THE ENCLOSED INSERT FOR IMPORTANT INFORMATION CONCERNING THIS OFFER."
I think this clause sort of sums up the way huge corporations, with the aid of their kept men and women in Washington, have rewritten the laws and regulatinos in this country so that whatever they say, goes. Ordinary Americans, who have been on the receiving end of this essential unfairness, will know exactly what we're talking about, because they live it too.
And if you talk to people, they're pissed about this kind of thing. As Democrats, we should be fighting a populist campaign of "Fairness" for the hard-working individual American who plays by the rules but has gotten screwed by the big, the rich, and the powerful along the way.
I agree wholeheartedly, and I think you're right...Mom and Pop America can be appealed, if the Democrats can keep it simple, Simple, SIMPLE! Let's hope the DNC pulls the head.
If only [sigh]!