2006/04/24

Democratic Talking Points - "Real Security" Begins at Home

Late last month the Democratic Party put out their Real Security agenda as a counter to the Bush administration's National Security Strategy. Short on specifics and long on platitudes, this document reads like the typical Republican-lite commentary that we've come to expect from Reid, Pelosi, and the DNC.

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
Republican's are really good at distilling policy down into convenient, media-ready points that can be easily understood by the electorate. I wish the Democrats would articulate a fundamentally different direction and take a hint from the party that has managed to outmaneuver them through two disastrous election cycles.

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Democrats are so useless, that I cnanot help but think that is is infiltrated already by corporate interests and set up as a loser party. They are so divided, and there is always a good handful of these f$#@s to sign on to bad ideas born from the Republican agenda...
OMG! Democrats as that team that always used to play the Harlem Globetrotters, and LOSE! Dude...that's an awesome observation!
I think there is a serious problem of perception here. The trouble being that the solutions required to solve the complicated hole that the W, Rove and Co has dug us into require very complex and detailed solutions. These don't distill to sound bits for the MSM. What we neeed is a quick and dirty retort that explains this...for example, when in a debate, any opponent should suggest that "my opponents two second talking point will do nothing to solve the problems of America. Ask him/her what substance lies behind that sentence, and let's focus on real action rather than espoused strategy.

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.
The trouble being that the solutions required to solve the complicated hole that the W, Rove and Co has dug us into require very complex and detailed solutions. These don't distill to sound bits for the MSM.

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.
Some words should never be seen together in the same sentence, and "Democrats" and "security" are certainly two of them.

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!
At home... But you fail to recognise the greatest of all the benifits of foriegn adventures: The busier they are over there the less damage they do at home!
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...
"Security at Home" is a good campaign theme for Dems - along with "Competence" and "Fairness".

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.
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.

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.
froggies dance a polka...

If only [sigh]!
You are spot on my friend.

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