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It seems to me that Democrats are not stating positively what they stand FOR, and therefore they allow themselves to be labeled as the “takers”. They should declare what they are FOR - simply, FAIRNESS, as affirmed in the Preamble to the Constitution - "in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity."

Democrats want fairness in economic opportunity, fairness in the tax system, and fairness in access to education. This should be stated by the national DCCC and DNC organizations, not just at the local level. How this fairness should be enacted comes after the main point. Sure, right wingers may scoff at this, but thinking people in the middle will “get it.”
It is never stated that, when it comes to voting, our economic fate is more important than social issues, because economic issues affect everyone, whereas social issues, such as religion, gay rights, birth control, and reproductive rights are really personal decisions, not to be decided by someone else. Social and personal issues can be heartfelt, but when it comes time to vote, they should not surpass economic issues.
Democrats can win on fairness in economic matters. So working class people, that is, all people who live on wages, not dividends, interest, or capital gains, should vote based on their economic status, not on issues that do not affect them personally. Republican economic policies can only affect them negatively. Remind the younger generations that Democrats brought us the 40 hour work week, allowing a new phenomenon called the “weekend”.
But Republicans push the social issues, to disguise their real goal of favoring the wealthy. They say that “class warfare” only goes one way - against the wealthy, while in fact Republicans, ever since Reagan, have been waging warfare against the middle class.
So my suggestion for a national motto is RESTORE FAIRNESS.
It is sad to state that many Democratic politicians are busy pursuing donations more than advocating principles, so they avoid these issues. But they need to counter all the right wing talking points on Fox so called News, as Thom Hartmann would say, and talk radio and religious stations. Main stream media are notably absent when it comes to covering political issues, such as the record number of filibusters by Republicans. Guess they are afraid of Fox so called News.
I hereby relinquish all rights to the motto RESTORE FAIRNESS.

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  •  Tip Jar (5+ / 0-)

    Put it in perspective - at least we are not living in a third world country - yet.

    by geolib on Sat Aug 23, 2014 at 06:47:21 PM PDT

  •  I wish I could find the handout the Texas (1+ / 0-)
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    JamieG from Md

    Democratic Party used to have -- it was a wallet card with what we stood for, and it explained that using the party platform from one of the elections contesting Bush.

    LBJ, Lady Bird, Van Cliburn, Steve Earle, Ann Richards, Barbara Jordan, Molly Ivins, Jim Hightower, Sully Sullenburger, Drew Brees: Texas is NO Bush League!

    by BlackSheep1 on Sat Aug 23, 2014 at 07:00:29 PM PDT

  •  Found it. Picture this over the crossed staves (10+ / 0-)

    of the US and Texas Flags.

    What does it mean to be a Democrat?

    We believe in equal opportunity for all citizens.

    We believe in rewarding honest hard work with a living wage, and in a tax system that is fair.

    We believe in family values that are more than a political slogan.

    We believe in a quality public education system enabling all citizens to reach maximum potential.

    We believe in freedom from government interference in our private lives and personal decisions.

    We believe that our nation benefits from individual strengths in our diverse population.

    We believe in security in our homes and safety on our streets.

    We believe criminals should face swift and certain punishment.

    We believe in separation of Church and State to preserve the freedom to pursue our beliefs.

    We believe in a strong United States - morally, economically, and militarily.

    We believe in common-sense reforms that give us cleaner and safer air and water.

    We Stand for Hope, Equal Opportunity, and Justice.

    ¿Qué significa ser Demócrato?

    Creemos en la igualdad de oportunidades para todos los ciudadanos.

    Creemos en premiar al trabajo  honesto y bien cumplido con un salario justo y con un sistema de impuestos equitativo.
    Creemos que los valores de familia son más que meros “pronunciamentos” de politicos.

    Creemos en un sistema educativo de alta cualidad que ofrece a cada cuidadano la oportunidad de llegar a su maximo potencial.

    Creemos en la libertad contra la interferencia del gobierno en nuestras vidas privadas y decisiones personales.

    Creemos que nuestro pais sea beneficiario de las contribuciones individuales de nuestro pueblo diverso.

    Creemos en la proteccion para nuestros hogares y la seguridad en nuestras calles.

    Creemos que los criminales deben recibir el castigo merecido sin demoras innecesarias.

    Creemos en separar los asuntos de la iglesia con los asuntos del estado, para conservar el derecho de gozar libremente de las creencias personales.

    Creemos en que nuestro pais, Los Estados Unidos de America, se mantenga fuerte – moralmente, economicamente, y militarmente.

    Creemos en  las reformas administrivas sensatas, que protegan el medioambiente con agua pura y aire limpio.

    Creemos esperanza, igualdad de oportunidades, y justicia.

    LBJ, Lady Bird, Van Cliburn, Steve Earle, Ann Richards, Barbara Jordan, Molly Ivins, Jim Hightower, Sully Sullenburger, Drew Brees: Texas is NO Bush League!

    by BlackSheep1 on Sat Aug 23, 2014 at 07:07:35 PM PDT

  •  they're not afraid offox,they're just ignorant of (1+ / 0-)
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    talk radio, fox's big loud brother

    This is a list of 76 universities for Rush Limbaugh that endorse global warming denial, racism, sexism, and GOP lies by broadcasting sports on over 170 Limbaugh radio stations.

    by certainot on Sat Aug 23, 2014 at 07:10:38 PM PDT

    •  They Lost Every Age over 39 in 2012 So (1+ / 0-)
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      certainot

      I don't think they're focusing on the generations that have much of any tie to old media.

      We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

      by Gooserock on Sat Aug 23, 2014 at 07:23:11 PM PDT

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      •  what a waste! ALL republicans and everything they (0+ / 0-)

        do, and a lot of those last minute apathetic voters, are tied into republicon radio, and it wouldn't work anywhere near as well without the unchallenged certitude the authoritarians crave -if the left paid attention to it and reacted accordingly they'd be raising a lot of doubt in those microphone gods

        This is a list of 76 universities for Rush Limbaugh that endorse global warming denial, racism, sexism, and GOP lies by broadcasting sports on over 170 Limbaugh radio stations.

        by certainot on Sat Aug 23, 2014 at 07:33:37 PM PDT

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  •  Sadly, negative campaigning always wins. I tire (0+ / 0-)

    of continually dumping on (R), but this is the way to win. They are doing the same and there are no alternatives. Compete or lose.

    If it is any consolation, the other countries where I have lived have elections equally devoid of substance.

    I voted with my feet. Good Bye and Good Luck America!!

    by shann on Sun Aug 24, 2014 at 08:16:29 AM PDT

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