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Thursday, July 28, 2005

The Winner for the Democrats

Here's the political money question.  
As a national party, how can the Democrats win upcoming elections and sweep the Republicans out of office?

This debate has raged on through countless diaries, articles, symposiums, C-Span discussions and blabber head cable news gab-a-thons.  The conclusions?

  • "Message.  We need a strong, national defense message."  
  • "Democratic economic values."  
  • "Progressive social agenda."  
  • "Fight dirty and don't let them frame the argument."

    I've heard and read them all.  I'm sure as a blog reader, you have as well.  All valid points, these, but an effective campaign theme is short and to the sentence...better yet, one of all, one word.  An effective campaign theme has the potential to slam everyone in this country right in the gut.  It hits hard, logically and emotionally.

    Recently, that theme has screamed out at us from all fronts, and, I believe, it is THE winner...and it's the theme Democrats can run on and win with on the local, state and national level.  

    May I have the envelope, please?  The winner is:

    It's the CORRUPTION, Stupid.

    To quote Merriam-Webster's on-line dictionary:


    Pronunciation: k&-'r&p-sh&n
    Function: noun
    1 a : impairment of integrity, virtue, or moral principle : DEPRAVITY b : DECAY, DECOMPOSITION c : inducement to wrong by improper or unlawful means (as bribery) d : a departure from the original or from what is pure or correct
    2 archaic : an agency or influence that corrupts
    3 chiefly dialect : PUS

    Sounds to me like a solid definition of today's Republican Party.   Everywhere that there exists a Republican majority, it seems there also exists Republican Corruption...Washington, Ohio, Florida, Texas, California...and it's on the local level, as well.  Just this morning, Jeff Seeman points out a great case in the Stark County Auditor's office.  It's how this latest version of the Republican Party governs.

    If you want to see it at work, look at the details of the Energy Bill...or Texas redistricting legislation...or any EPA report...or the Iraqi War no-bid contract process...or the smearing of Paul O'Neill, Richard Clarke, Joe Wilson, Valerie Plame...or the SOTU's 16 words...or the paid journalists to push propaganda....or...or...or....

    All of it screams CORRUPTION.   When Republican controlled government is this corrupt, the Democrats lose.  If the label of corruption sticks at election time, the Democrats will win.

  • Sunday, July 17, 2005

    Mr. Rove's Fingerpainting

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    Saturday, July 16, 2005

    ePluribus Media Launching Soon

    Check back here for an announcement of the launch of ePluribus Media's Web Sites. It should be an exciting time for the community.

    Friday, July 01, 2005

    Auke Bay, Alaska. 1984

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    Slammed on the brakes and snapped this shot. BTW, it's a color photo with no touchup. This is how it looked.

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