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Monday, December 13, 2004
Sirota's Da Vinci Code
Having had the weekend to read more closely David Sirota's article, I have to say that a lot of what he says seems to be the direction most people are taking on where the Democrats go next. The values part / appealing to religious people is important. But that could be correlated with a return to the "party of the people" populism of the past. (say that 5 times fast)
I think this is the key line:
The point is to follow red-region Democrats who have diminished the electoral impact of traditional social issues by redefining the values debate on economic and class terms.
Class-based politics has its drawbacks. It's ugly. It sets up an us vs. them, where the speaker is more often "them" than "us". To solve that issue Democrats should follow the John Edwards example: every chance you can mention that you feel priveleged to be where you are, that it's because of your parents/hard work/fighting against big business/etc.
I am a Democrat because I believe government has an obligation to help the less fortunate. Despite the party's problems, we have always been on the right side of the people vs. the powerful debate. We just need to get that message out.