Slogan and bromide open thread
One of the things liberals are terrible at is messaging. We tend to start discussing issues by going Full Wonk, and that isn't very appealing to the largest part of the population. If you want to engage on an issue you need to get your rhetorical foot in the door first, and that means finding a quick, punchy way to grab the average citizen's attention.
So I thought I'd throw open a thread for brainstorming. Come up with something that could fit on a bumper sticker and (important!) is an actual policy prescription or direct action most people can take. No "visualize world peace" or anything like that. Make it short, make it punchy, make it relevant.
With that in mind, here is an example of each. First, direct action.
Slogan: Buy local. Pay cash.
Policy prescription/direct action: Encourage citizens (let's get away from calling them "consumers," OK?) to carry cash, particularly if they are in the habit of swiping everything on a credit card. Spend that money on smaller, local merchants instead of big, remote franchisees.
Effect: Deprives banksters of fees; supports small merchants who have a stake in the community's long term future. Secondary benefit: small local merchants are often have the same tenuous grip on the middle class life as their neighbors. Choosing them over MegaCorp is a small show of solidarity, builds social capital, and maybe makes the merchant a little more receptive to "all walks of life" type direct action. Cf. the (now sadly dormant) Proud Ohio Workers program mentioned here.
Next, a policy prescription.
Policy prescription/direct action: Make a nationwide standard for the maximum student/teacher ratio in public primary and secondary schools to be 15:1.
Effect: Smaller class sizes, especially in lower income communities that need it most. Focuses attention on classroom environment instead of standardized testing or privatization. Provides guaranteed national funding to those places (including, ahem, some entire states) that abdicate their responsibilities in that regard.
So: What are your preferred slogans this fine Saturday morning?