Thursday, February 15, 2007

Re-Focus the Doublespeak

1984 by George Orwell

As many of us no doubt expected, Congressional democrats keep falling into traps laid by well-trained Republicans. Even the most outrageous arguments or claims by GOPers are tangling the Dems up as the latter try to introduce anti-war legislation. How can we keep the Dems on track, doing what we elected them to do?

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1) We must teach the Congressional Dems to re-focus the "debate" on the actual topic rather than to continue responding to diversionary policy bombs. Example:

GOPer says that public discussion about re-deploying U.S. troops from Iraq and/or Congress refusing to fund the "troop-surge" will "EMBOLDEN THE TERRORISTS". This is an attempt to muzzle discourse, it's a way of calling dissenters traitors, it pushes through unpopular/bad policy decisions, and is designed to scare the shit out of everyone:

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"We will embolden terrorists in every corner in the world. We will give Iran free access to the Middle East. And who doesn't believe the terrorists will just follow our troops home?" - Minority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio Source
Re-Focus: Dem Congressperson receiving above policy bomb does NOT try to argue the insane proposition's wrongness but instead says, "I'm more concerned with rescuing our soldiers, who are stuck in the middle of Iraq's civil war, than worrying about what terrorists may think of us." This response pulls the attention back to the crucial point that our soldiers are in danger, there's no plan to get them out of it, and more will die the longer they stay there. It also exposes how meaningless, and off-topic, the GOP's "embolding" spin is.

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2) We must remind Congressional Dems DAILY, that they work for us. That means keeping track of their actions, calling and emailing their regional and DC offices whenever they stray from the war-ending agenda.

Impeach Indict Imprison 1/27/07 United for Peace & Justice rally and march. © David Fox 2007 (Click images for larger view.)

3) We must squeeze the media with the vice-grip of our dollars until they do their job properly. They're assigned the task of investigating government policy and leaders and informing us whenever either is
a) Breaking the law
b) Following orders from anyone other than the American people
c) Putting us in danger
d) Wasting our money.

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A good start would be to call/email every media outlet that is over-reporting Newsfauxtainment. The media orgy over lady-astronauts in diapers and dead blond Playmates is a perfect example of them shirking their job.

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