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January 25, 2006

Framing the Democrats

There's a website called OurTenWords that's soliciting ten-word soundbites to sum up the Democratic Party's core values:

The idea for OurTenWords.com came from a post by Michael Faris on the community blog at HeartlandPac.org.

Michael asked, "What ten words should Democrats use to define their message?"

Tom Vilsack responded with his own ten words, and challenged others to submit their own ten words.

You can register and submit your own. I spent a little time browsing the site, and was struck by a commonality among the entries: they were all lists of buzzwords - buzzwords I like, but buzzwords nonetheless - strung together without any attempt at a unifying theme.

I came up with ten words that I think express the Democratic Party's overriding theme admirably well, but for some reason my registration for the site didn't go through, and I couldn't post them there. So I'm doing it here. My ten words:

"We want everything the Greens want, but less of it."

David Neiwert has a related post today.

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*laughs*

Posted by: Rana at January 25, 2006 10:13 AM
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It's clear that their current ten words are:

"We try not to be as evil as the GOP."

What it oughta be? Something like:

"Reversing the nation's gradual descent into the far-right abyss."

Posted by: David Neiwert at January 25, 2006 12:25 PM
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" Reduce Recycle Reuse needs to read now: Impeach, Indict, Incarcerate!!"

Posted by: spyder at January 25, 2006 01:54 PM
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Hmm. I find it hard to express the Democrats in as much as 10 words. The closest I can get is "Aggressively cowardly", which leaves 8 words to fill out the assignment.

Posted by: David Parsons at January 25, 2006 07:41 PM
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Brilliant 10 words, Chris! Right on.

Posted by: ae at January 25, 2006 08:22 PM
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We obey our masters, like the press.

Posted by: Dick Durata at January 26, 2006 12:52 AM
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Our core values? We don't need no stinkin' core values!

Posted by: Roxanne at January 26, 2006 06:31 AM
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"Let's blame Nader for our inability to run a campaign."

Posted by: the_bone at January 26, 2006 07:29 AM
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"Our national party needs all the help it can get."

"Sexier than Cheney, and approximately thirty-seven percent less sinister."

Posted by: the_bone at January 26, 2006 08:38 AM
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The Other Other Three Rs (ie, apart from Reduce, Reuse, Recycle) is the one about human relationships in work and study: Respect, Recognise, Reward. They might fit into the 10 words (As a furriner from faraway, I don't feel qualified to go the full distance.)

Posted by: Mez at January 29, 2006 03:49 AM
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