27 March 2010

Republican Dredging Needed

It's doesn't bode well for the U.S. when the Republican party is hijacked by mean-spirited ass-clowns, self-promoters, and delusional mental-troglodytes like Palin, Coulter, Limbaugh, Beck, Cantor, McConnell, and The Orange Erection - John Boehner.

A vibrant two- or multiple- party political system engendering civilized policy discussion is critical to progress in our country.

My concern is that the Republican party will continue to be marginalized by the ninnies, domestic terrorists, and pilots of martyrdom it has come to represent.

That is not a positive trend.

Republicans must find a path for some heavy equipment to dredge their channel of beliefs and principles. A channel that has become, as my philosophic hero Robert M. Pirsig would say, silted in with the debris of thoughts grown stale and platitudes too often repeated.

Hell No You Can't!, the vituperative mantra screamed at the House of Representatives by The Orange Erection, John Boehner, is not a compelling slogan with which to grow a movement of rational problem-solvers.

The #1 Republican challenge is this
The Republican Party needs political moderates -- desperately.
Democrats need some tune-ups in the form of a flexible keel if they hope to sail this mucky delta without running aground. The Democratic challenge is two-fold as follows:
  1. Learning to use language to frame debates(1) (e.g., use “Insurance” reform rather “Health” reform), and
  2. Learning to neutralize Fox News which has become a juggernaut of misinformation and a breeding ground for domestic terrorism.

(1) Has anyone in Democratic leadership read cognitive linguist George Lakoff?  It's astounding how dense Democrats can be. I'm tempted to mail a copy of Don't Think Like an Elephant to every Democratic congressperson.

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