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Discuss. If you had to come up with a "high information slogan" for the third pole of American politics -- as opposed to, very much opposed to, the d/R and R/d poles of the two legacy parties -- what would it be?

How about "Sweet Jeebus, we'd better!" No?

NOTE Hat tip, once again, to gqm for "high information slogan."

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Submitted by tarheel-leftist85 on

that "all roads lead to finance." The insurance bailouts will/are bankrupt(ing) households that experience health care crises, which, of course, their mandated junk insurance won't cover. The bankster bailouts are essentially government-driven oligopoly and a means of crowding out banking-as-a-public-utility policy outcome. The thing that drives (oh so scary) deficit-spending--blank checks to the defense industry (sometimes generalized as military spending, but we know soldiers and veterans are not flush with rents)--is financed by American and Chinese bankers. Every major policy legislated, ultimately (however tenuous-seeming), is designed to extract from the masses and redistribute to the banksters. The "all roads..." refers to policy outcomes and attempts avoid the atomization of events/policy outcomes demonstrated by the corporate "news" media (incl. Nice Polite Republicans). Events and policies can be recalled when they are woven into a narrative, and they are appreciated for what they are when grounded in concepts (rents, rent-seeking, neoliberalism, etc.).

How to marry this to mutually-reinforcing legacy parties, the electoral dimension? Again, I don't know! "Get off the crashing bike" can, perhaps, lead to a discussion of Ratchet Effect. But I also think that relating niche-marketing from commercials (if loved ones/neighbors/friends regularly watch the teebee) to legacy party politics is useful. I like to impress upon people that the legacy parties are different brands with each brand appealing to a proscribed niche market. And as both legacy parties are producers of a shoddy product, they must take a viable market share (but not try to take the whole market, as a sole producer could easily signal the shoddiness of the product, whereas the noise generated by the competing advertisements of a duopoly crowds out the shoddiness of the product on both ends). The viability threshold is what sustains both parties. "Get off that bike," and it will fall to the ground (instead of crashing with the person on it!).

I'm not sure if I'm doing a justice to your question, but even when I was a dyed-in-the-wool Democrat, I always had the habit of talking with self-identified conservatives--probably because there are many in my family, though they often eschewed the ballot box. Many times they'd assign blame to "big government" as the culprit to our problems, but often we came to a mutual understanding that it was the interests of the government (general welfare v. economically-elite interests) rather than the size.

NOTE: And from my experience, people will hear a person out with regard to the deficit myth.

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Submitted by Aeryl on

I like to impress upon people that the legacy parties are different brands with each brand appealing to a proscribed niche market.

With all the advertising and "competition" that goes along with it.

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Submitted by Valley Girl on

"How about "Sweet Jeebus, we'd better!" No?"

I think I get it.

"Yes, we can!" >>>

"No, they can't... or won't..."

"They can't, but we'd better"...

Ah never mind, soon enough "we'd better" will become "bed wetter"...

Submitted by Anne on

or, "Hey, It's the Best We Could Do, Considering.

"Money Talks..(Must Be Why We Can't Hear You)"

"Life Cycle Of The Progressive Idea: We Can, We Could Have, We Tried, We Surrendered, Oh, Stop Complaining It's Better Than Nothing."

"Don't Talk To Us About Money Unless You Have Some."

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Submitted by gqmartinez on

Ya know, Lambert, every time I see something about the economy I hear you in the background saying "whose economy?" I think that's an important question that people understand more and more. The economy is improving but people still aren't getting jobs. So all this talk about "recovery" rings hallow. I think a high information slogan should try to get at the fact that our government is no longer working for the people. I also like to include "Government".

I'm not a marketer, but stuff that resonates with me would be along the lines of:

"Liberalism: Because government should be responsible to the people"
"Liberalism: Because government should be *for* the people"