A friend shared an article by Boston College political science professor Alan Wolfe in Washington Monthly, titled “Why Conservatives Can’t Govern” which can be found at http://www.washingtonmonthly.com The Cliffs Notes version notes that conservatives don’t believe in government, but worry about what government led by liberals would achieve, and so are committed to leading (and destroying) government. Wolfe cites 3 obvious examples of current conservatives’ hallmarks of breaking government: FEMA, Medicare, and
Wolfe goes further to say that when liberals lead government, while they enjoy the fruits of power, they also try to use government to solve problems. Conservatives work to ‘build a political machine in which business and the Republican Party can exchange mutual favors; business will lavish cash on politicians (called campaign contributions) while politicians will throw the money back at business (called public policy).
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
On Saturday, July 29th, we will have 100 days before the November 7th election. I am hosting a Democrat Reunion, and I would welcome you to attend. I am hopeful that several candidates will stop by. Please RSVP at http://www.democrats.org/page/event/detail/thedemocraticreunion/4vxz7 . (If you don’t live near
In the coming weeks I will obtain training and materials for letter writing to voters in Southeastern PA, to help the campaigns of two US Representatives and one US Senator candidates. When I know more I will pass it on.
I will also be looking for opportunities to go door-to-door in
If you live in
If you are like me, and occasionally flustered by the constant barrage of Conservative-Speak (war-on-terror, cut-and-run, etc), I encourage you to occasionally go to http://www.frameshopisopen.com which offers constructive, frames to use. I like the ‘stay and pay’ alternative to ‘cut and run’. They suggest focusing on the Waste in
I also like the rejection of the frame ‘war on terror’. Jeffrey Feldman (FrameShop author) celebrated Senator Russ Feingold noting that Presidents see themselves as protecting the Constitution, while Rulers see The Constitution as a challenge to their authority. That’s powerful. Yesterday the Supreme Court affirmed that the President, even in the time of a so-called-war, is not above the Constitution.
Let’s work on a simple campaign cry for November. How about: “Republicans, You Failed Us: in