It is about more than suppressing black voters.....




The mission that is really being accomplished in the suppression of the vote is part of the larger task: the destruction of Americans democracy.

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The Narrative Is Now The Narrative

Crossposted at The Dem IM

We are now less than five months from Election 2006. The Democrats are still leading the generic congressional ballot in the House and great numbers are coming in from Senate races across the country. Things are looking good.

Despite the good news, all the talk in the traditonal media is about the "Democrats in Disarray" and the inevitable failure that will befall them in November. The topic being covered is not what's best for the US in Iraq, the recovery effort in the Gulf Coast, or the rampant corruption in DC. The media narrative is about the media narrative.

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Restoring American Values

That's my slogan, which I believe is better than "Let's get Real" and certainly better than "Together We Can Do Better."

I will explain why in the extended...

Crossposted at the Third Avenue

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A Framework for Progressive Values

For years now, progressives have lamented the apparent monopoly that the Right has on framing the public debate.  There have been a variety of attempts to remedy this situation, from books like George Lakoff's Don't Think of an Elephant, to blogs like Jeffrey Feldman's Frame Shop.  This is an important discussion, and vital to the future success of progressive ideas.  At The Opportunity Agenda we'd like to offer our own contribution to this effort.

We have outlined a frame that we believe can promote progressive ideas and recapture our national values discussion from the Right.  We call it the Opportunity Frame.  In collaboration with The SPIN Project, we have produced a communications toolkit that outlines this frame and provides concrete tools and case studies to help implement it.  Click here to read American Opportunity: A Communications Toolkit, or continue reading about this frame and take our poll after the jump.

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Deconstructing a weapon of mass distraction: Immigration

Having spent some time reviewing the leaked conservative talking points on immigration reform put forward by Republican spinmeister Frank Luntz, one can only be awestruck by the right-wings' ability to frame and manipulate an issue. "Respect for the Law &Economic Fairness: Illegal Immigration Prevention" is a brilliant piece of political propaganda. In twenty-five pages Luntz manages to hit upon a multitude of tried and true conservative frames. He starts with some classic "mom and apple pie" themes, such as Security, Law and Order, Personal Accountability and Respect for the Rule of Law. He then adds in some of the conservatives favorite "hidden" themes like racism, the economic victimization of average Americans by liberal policies, minority abuse of social services, minorities receiving "special privileges" or treatment, fear, and of course the new favorite; terrorism. In the end he manages to draw a clear line from Reagans "welfare queen", through George Sr.'s "Willie Horton" right to Tom Tancredo's "invading hordes" all without once having to stoop to ever having to say the words, or true meanings behind the inferences.

Contained in Luntz's blueprint is a virtual laundry list of societal and economic woes he directs his conservative brethren to blame squarely on the influx of "illegal aliens" coming over border.

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