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  •  The most important diary I have seen in a long (30+ / 0-)

    time.  We simply must come to understand the conservative mind-set and find ways to turn people away from it, mostly at the margin.

    The key driver at work is the framing of issues.  Many here at Kos are getting it but most progressives still don't.  To talk inside of Right-Wing frames is to lose.  Just don't do it.  The key poison from the media is their participation by acceptance almost across the board of right-wing framing.  That framing de-legitimizes liberal ideas, and legitimizes conservative ones no matter how divorced from reality.  

    The election provides a key example.  Romney has lied on a level that should stun anyone not numbed by the imbecilic tone of US politics, but what price will he or the Republican Party pay?  It will be a close election not matter what, but even if we win the Romney lie machine will probably just validate the approach.  The right will invent lies to explain the close loss that paints Romney as a victim somehow.  Corporate media will report (validate) the victim story and we will lather, rinse, and repeat next cycle.  

    What can make a difference is if progressives just speak only in our own frames from the water cooler to outnumbered Democrats on talk shows.  It is also crucial that Progressives actively de-legitimize views that deserve that level of blow-torch treatment.  It runs against our core civility, but as things have evolved in the US, it is vastly more uncivil to not confront the lie machine.  I say ridicule them at every turn.  

    The Long War is not on Iraq, Afghanistan, or Iran. It is on the American people.

    by Geonomist on Sun Nov 04, 2012 at 09:10:06 AM PST

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