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Daily Kos Article: #Democratic Strategies Lost Big. Here’s an alternative.
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Your article is most welcomed.  As always, we see things pretty much the same.  However, I am bothered by your tendency to regard to the democratic Party and inherently Progressive.  It is my premiss that the party lacks much of what makes own a Progressive, and has  for many years.
Following is my latest version of "Progressives are not specifically Democrats".

A large part of those with liberal leanings can be described, for the most part, as Progressives; not know so, yet.   At those times I’ve succeeded in getting non or reluctant eligible voters to talk with me for extended periods of time, most come to this realization on their own.  The reason these folks are so reluctant of vote Democratic is that they feel abandon and betrayed by a party that should be a natural fit for them.  They come to realize that the Democratic Party, despite claims of being Progressive, persistently falls well short of the mark; hence, feelings of abandonment and betrayal.

For the Democratic Party to have any chance of fully activating their natural base, they must stop treating the Progressive Movement as an interloper, fully embracing them as their long lost soul.  ( Here you speak of the OLD Progressives:  I'm talking REALLY OLD)  The Democratic Party will remain a shell without a fully functional heart until they do so.  As things stands, it is an insult to all true blood Progressives to have the Democratic Party place the Progressive mantel upon themselves, WITHOUT EARNING IT.  A very cursory review of their ranks would suffice in revealing the hollowness of such a claim.  The House Progressive Caucus can provide many an example of this phenomenon.  

As far as framing goes, seek out the guidance of acolytes of linguist George Lakoff.  My reading of his basic premiss is that there are underlying commonalities of function and aspiration that are strongly nurturant, accessible and for all practical purposes, to be found in the heart of all humankind (my own sentiment for most of my life).  If one speaks to that common heart, while avoiding the pitfalls of conservative issue phrasing, one can tap into our basic yearning for a kinder world.  One where all awaken each day to great hopes and possessing little reason to fear ones own kind.  In other, unavoidable, words, Give them all a REAL dog in the hunt.

Of course there will always be those unavoidables we must remain vigilant of.  Think we can handle that?  
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Surprisingly I have found big coincidence with own ideas, spoken from another science. That's quite good for my work...
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The books interview: How the progressives have got it wrong and if they don't start to get it right, the conservatives will maintain the upperhand. By Zoe Williams
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George Lakoff is Richard and Rhoda Goldman Distinguished Professor of Cognitive Science and Linguistics at the University of California at Berkeley, where he has taught since 1972. He previously taught at Harvard and the University of Michigan.
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    Mathematics & Literature, 1962
  • Indiana University
    PhD | Linguistics, 1966
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