Mike's Response to "Mission Statement"posted by Mike at 2/11/2005 04:23:00 PM
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I've followed those threads with particular interest because of my aforementioned interest in framing. (An example of framing would be Reid framing our massive deficit as a "birth tax" of $35,000.) For comparison, the Republican elevator pitch, according to the Prospect is:
We believe in freedom and liberty, and we're for low taxes, less government, traditional values, and a strong national defense.
Obviously, they've betrayed that pitch in any one of a half-dozen ways -- but that's the way they're marketing themselves, and obviously, Ma & Pa America fell for it, hook, line and sinker.
The reason I made this reply a blog entry and not a comment is that there's just been so many good entries between the two entries. My favorites, however, come from the Spectator's webpage:
We believe in balancing competition with cooperation, balancing strength with wisdom, balancing personal responsibility with responsibility towards others, balancing individuality with community, and that we are stronger united than divided. — C.U.
We stand for a moral society, a sound government, cost-effective national defense, compassionate taxes for the poor and the middle class and liberty unfettered by government intrusions. — Anonymous
Liberals believe that every American deserves a fighting chance, and a fair chance. We passionately believe that America's strength flows from excellent education, strong businesses, quality healthcare, and justice. — K.W., Bellevue, WA
I think the best, though, was:
Liberals believe our common humanity endows each of us, individually, with the right to freedom, self-government, and opportunity; and binds all of us, together, in responsibility for securing those rights. — T.W., Brookline, MA
That last one is definitely what I think the Democratic Party's "mission statement" should be.