Please read and learn how the left REBRANDS and RELABELS their COMMUNIST IDEALS to gain support.

This article is from the Liberal, scumbag Website: THE OPPORTUNITY AGENDA

http://opportunityagenda.org/stuff_not_say

Along with the usual New Year’s resolutions about exercising, getting more sleep, and being more patient with the kids, progressives should add better communications to their list. We have an historic opportunity to frame the public debate this year in terms of social justice, human rights, and opportunity for all. But that requires being smarter and more deliberate in the way we talk about the nation’s priorities and future. At the very least, we need to stop using certain words and phrases that erode support for progressive values and policies. Here’s my list. I’ll ask for yours at the end of this post.

1. The Market. Building public support for a more fair economic system requires highlighting the fact that the economy is a set of human-made rules, systems, and structures, not an autonomous organism or an unbridled force of nature. Referring to bankers, CEOs, and other financial actors as "the market" obscures that reality, and reinforces the conservative notion that economic regulation is a hindrance rather than a crucial part of the rules that govern a just society. Instead, let’s clearly identify the people and institutions that are at work—for good or for ill—in our economic system. Instead of “regulating the free market,” let’s talk about “rules that hold banks accountable” or “consumer protections.”

2. Entitlements. When used to refer to safety-net protections, the term “entitlements” suggests handouts and dependency rather than a societal investment in shared prosperity and economic independence. It also obscures the tremendous subsidies and other benefits that corporations and the wealthy receive through other channels. Let’s instead call popular programs like Social Security and Medicare by name, while challenging “public service cuts,” and supporting “economic security policies.”

3. Felon. Activists around the country are doing inspiring work to create a more fair, effective, and equitable criminal justice system. To speed that work along, we should stop using the word "felon," which reduces the identity of people convicted of crimes to the worst thing they’ve ever done. Worse still is “felon disenfranchisement” (banning people with felony convictions from voting), which combines a negative word with an arcane one that means nothing to many people who might otherwise care about the issue. Instead of opposing "felon disenfranchisement," for example, we should uphold the “voting rights” of “people with felony convictions," "people emerging from prison," or “people who’ve paid their debt to society.” Let’s also drop “ex-offender.” And, while we’re at it, let’s stop using the word “criminal” as a noun too, for the same reasons.

4. Illegal. Terms like "illegal immigrant," "illegal alien," and, worst of all, “illegals” are dehumanizing as well as grammatically flawed—since people cannot be illegal. Conversely, talking about "legalization" and "getting right with the law" suggests, by implication, that those who lack authorization to live or work in the U.S. are inherently lawbreakers. We should instead talk about a “roadmap to citizenship” for "new Americans," “aspiring citizens,” and, when greater specificity is needed, “immigrant parents,” “workers,” or “students” who are "undocumented" or “lack authorization” to work in the U.S. To be sure, those phrases are more of a mouthful than “legal” and “illegal.” But reducing people’s lives and identities to one negative word undermines our values and goals.

5. Immigration Reform.Things that need “reforming” are bad, and the phrase “immigration reform” implicitly suggests that immigration—which is the age-old movement of people from one place to another, and a profound benefit to U.S. society—needs rectification. Let’s instead talk about improving our flawed “immigration policies,” creating a “roadmap to citizenship” for new Americans, and adopting “commonsense approaches that uphold our nation’s values and move us forward together.”

6. Gay Marriage. Terms like "gay marriage" and "same-sex marriage" suggest that we are debating a unique exception to "real” marriage. By instead calling for "marriage equality" and "the right to marry," we can make clear that we are promoting the same fundamental right for all people in loving relationships.

7. Level the Playing Field. This metaphor is intended to connote fairness, but it’s often misused by progressives. The purpose of institutions like public education and healthcare is not competition (as the “playing field” sports metaphor implies), but community, societal wellbeing and the common good. Instead, let’s talk about “expanding access,” “toppling obstacles,” and “ensuring equal opportunity.”

8. Judicial Activism. Conservatives coined this term to criticize landmark decisions by the U.S. Supreme Court like Brown v. Board of Education, Roe v. Wade, and Miranda v. Arizona that finally recognized long-ignored fundamental constitutional rights. But progressives now frequently use the term (sometimes earnestly, sometimes ironically) to criticize the current Supreme Court’s conservative rulings, many of which go out of their way to decide questions that were not even raised by the parties. We should call out these rulings as “judicial overreaching” that “tramples Americans’ constitutional rights” and, where appropriate, as “based on politics instead of the Constitution.” But let’s not reinforce the conservative “judicial activism” frame, or imply that it’s improper for courts to make momentous decisions that uphold the Constitution.

 

9. Work Hard and Play by the Rules. This phrase is a staple of Democratic candidates, and “tests well” with a range of demographic groups. But it’s always been flawed, suggesting that there are “good” Americans with a strong work ethic and respect for the law, alongside large numbers of “bad” Americans (and foreigners) who are lazy, dependent, and dishonest. Poor people and people of color are most frequently on the losing end of these negative implicit stereotypes. Indeed, President Bill Clinton coined the term largely to distance himself from issues of poverty and inequity, and used it in enacting welfare reform. President Obama has helpfully shifted to calling for a country in which “everyone plays by the same rules – from Main Street to Wall Street to Washington, DC,” and where everyone “has a fair shot.” That’s a verbal step in the right direction.

10. Responsible Homeowners.  Misconduct by banks and inadequate consumer protections pushed our economy to the brink of collapse and continue to cost millions of American families their homes. But President Obama and others continue to respond, rhetorically, by calling for aid to “responsible homeowners.” That phrasing buys into the conservative narrative that reckless, irresponsible homeowners were a major cause of the meltdown, and that reforms should rigorously benefit only those with “clean hands.” That conservative narrative, in turn, undermines support for the very policies—like adjusting mortgage principal to fair market value—that the President and progressive allies are promoting. Dropping the loaded word “responsible,” and promoting initiatives that enable “homeowners,” “families” and “communities” harmed by the crisis to get back on track, will make it easier to see those initiatives enacted.

I’m taking nominations for other phrases to retire in 2013. Post your ideas in the comment section, and I’ll publish the top picks in a future blog. Until then, let’s all watch our mouths!

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  • Since I never conformed to the PC bs.....I will continue to say what I  want to say.....when I want to say it...and how I want to say it.....and I will not submit to this rebranding, relabeling crap.

    Looking at the website in link above makes me wonder if Soros is behind this....all nice sounding efforts for nice sounding goals....all for the purpose of mnd control and completing communist takeover. The rebranding - relabeling is an Alinsky tactic.

  • "“rules that hold banks accountable” or “consumer protections.” No,how about having a President that is held accountable for Fast & Furious, Benghazi, tax increases those making under 250K are being hit with, showing his REAL birth, college and social security records.  Let's start there and THEN go after the free market, shall we?

    "the term “entitlements” suggests handouts and dependency"  IS EXACTLY what they are for over half of whom are on it.  "societal investment in shared prosperity and economic independence."  Tell me how not working, being GIVEN food, money and healthcare isn't a handout? Investment?  You mean like Sylindra and about 50% of all gvt spending has been squandered and wasted with NOTHING but debt to show for it? And I am not an economist, but as a single mother I call working my a** off every day for 30K and still paying my debt with NO help from the gvt is economic independence - what the HELL are you saying?  I would be MORE economically independent if I were on welfare?

    Felon?  What can I say.  Apparently you have never seen a freaking dictionary, have no idea what the difference is between right and wrong and pretty much a soulless POS.

    "illegal implies [sic] those who lack authorization to live or work in the U.S. are inherently lawbreakers."  Well, THEY ARE, DUMBASS! And yes, if something is "flawed" then it needs to be reformed, you low life worm!

    "for all people in loving relationships."  Right... and when will that be defined to include MANY being married together in one union?  Not long... it is already being talked about.  REAL MARRIAGE is under the eyes of God - and he is against sodomy and laying down with the same sex (if you didn't understand a bible of any faith, that means having sex).  Same Sex Marriage is about as freaking accurate as you can get, you atheist Godless twat!
     
    LOL.. community, society... all being in control of an all powerful federal government? Really?  What ever happened to State's sovereignty?  Local gvt is who we need to control more - NOT the feds!  So ya better go run to your Daddy (As Rock would say) and tell him to STFU then!

    SCOTUS was NEVER intended to "interpret" the constitution, creating what they THINK the law was supposed to say but rather make sure the Federal Gvt didn't "overreach", "trample Americans' Constitutional Rights".   "imply that it’s improper for courts to make momentous decisions that uphold the Constitution."  SCOTUS has taken on the role of making sure they DO NOT hold up the constitution... what planet are you living on?  And I finally agree with you, no matter if they rule to the right or the left, they are RE-WRITING the constitution TOTALLY based on politics - as one would recall they were "scolded" in front of the Nation by YOUR BS POTUS!

    "Work Hard and Play by the Rules. This phrase is a staple of Democratic candidates"  Too bad they don't live by it, they only want YOU to live by it. "Poor people and people of color are most frequently on the losing end of these negative implicit stereotypes." Probably because the sheer evidence confirms this.  And getting hand outs and special allowances for taxes, laws, punishment... that is NOT a fair shot and what the HELL would our fraudulently elected officials know about everyone playing by the same rules?  Are you taking heavy medical?  Legal or illegal? 
     
    Firstly, the phrase "Responsible Homeowners" was NEVER used by conservatives in the manner that "reckless, irresponsible homeowners were a major cause of the meltdown,"  In fact... they were addressing how the Government (once again) forced the banks to loosen the lending guidelines to people who could not afford to purchase a home.  Dodd, Frank... the two major culprits of the housing debacle which would mean they had to go BACK to the more strict lending laws that PROTECTED EVERYONE - they never blamed the homeowner you lying propaganda spreading as**ole. Since WHEN did a progressive leach like Obama have more concern than conservatives to do whatever it took to help the homeowners through this devastating spiral that THE POLITICIANS created for them?

    Here some I hope to GOD you retire: Racist;  I'm tired of being pressured to be self depricating to appeare a race I NEVER DID ANYTHING TO!  And Tea Bagger, 99%er's (no such thing), Social Justice, Democrat and Republican (again, no such thing).  And let's talk about getting a freaking budget, shall we?  Or maybe Iran or North Korea's nuclear endeavors after all that appeasement?  Maybe we can touch on the subject of killing Americans without cause or trial?  Yeah... we got bigger issues to deal with than what you pissants cry over.  All of whom have NO CLUE what YOU yourself will be suffering right along with us - you're just too stupid to know it. 
  • Mr. Batten, You progressives may have brainwashed enough of the population to win 2 elections for the Pres. and the Dems, but communism takes away what it gives in the end and the idiots that voted you people in , are now starting to feel the fruits of your EVIL, and soon they will be on our side. America will survive  despite YOU!!!!! God Bless America !

  • I THINK YOU'RE MISSING THE POINT FOLKS -

    Part of our mission is the fight for truth, Constitution and values,

    the other part is to 'persuade'. This is part of persuasion tactics.

    I have posted information on Alinsky tactics, on how we should

    rebrand ourselves, NOT to lessen our message, but to gain the

    'edge voters' that fall for the lovely words and beautiful images

    that the left uses all the time. (I KNOW what I'm talking about, as

    my father told me he votes Democratic because it always seems

    they have a kind heart and care about others-this is due to their

    language of SUBVERSION).

    I want to charge in like a Bull in a China Shop, but that doesn't

    work. Reagan didn't use that tactic; he used words, humor and

    cleverness. We must be intelligent and use the left's tactics against

    them. If we are subtle and pleasing to the ear, they will listen and we

    will have a chance to persuade.

  • I WILL SAY WHAT I WANT WHEN I WANT AND HOW I WANT !!! THIS IS WHATS WRONG WITH THE FAR LEFT THAY WANT TO TELL US HOW TO TALK NOW THIS IS JUST ANOTHER THING TO ADD TO THE LIST OF RULES THEY ARE TRYING TO RAM DOWN 0WLE THROATS FIST THE GUNS AND AMMO THAN WHAT THEY WANT US TO EAT AND DRINK AND THAN WHAT TO FEED THE KITS IN SCHOOL  . LIKE I SAID BEFOR NEXT THEY WILL TELL US HOW MUCH PAPER TO USE TO WHIP OUR ASS !!!!!!! NEXT THEY WILL SAY WE HAVE TO USE WATER AND OUR HANDS TO WHIP IT .BUT THIS OBAMA CAN TAKE OVER 18 VACATION ON THE TAX MONEY THAT WE PAY AND HE CAN HAVE HIS KITS WATCH BY ARM MEN IN BLACK . BUT HE THINKS IT IS A BAD IDLE FOR USE TO HAVE ARMED POLICE OR RETIRERD COPS OR X MILATARY TO WATCH MY KIDS IN SCHOOL .HE SAIDS IT WILL BE TO UNSAFE. THIS LOW LIFE PEACE OF SH!!!!!!!!T NEEDS TO BE RUN OUT OF THE BLACK HOUSE SO WE CAN GET A REAL AMERICAN IN THAT LOVES AMERICA AND ITS POEPLE AND THAT WILL STAND UP FOR ALL THE POEPLES RIGHT TO RUN A BUSNESS AND MAKE THERE MONEY AND KEEP THERE MONEY AND NOT HAVE TO WONTER HOW THEY ARE GOING TO BE ABLE TO KEEP WHAT THEY MAKE  WITH OUT GOV. AND ALL HISZARS TAKEING IT AND GIVEING IT TO ALL OF HIS FREINDS OVER SEAS SO THEY CAN BUILD THERE BOMBS TO USE ON  ISREAL AND ITS POEPLE AND ON USE AND TO USE TO  PAY FOR ALL OF  TRAINING CAMPS  THAT ARE HEAR ON AMERICAN SOIL  AND THEY ARE TRAINING RIGHT NOW ON HOW TO KILL AMERICANS AND TO PAY FOR ALL OF THE DRONS THAT HE WANTS TO USE ON AMERICANS AND TO BUILD ALL 800 FEMA DEATH CAMPS WE HAVE FORE OF THEM IN OHIO .SO AS FAR AS I CARE HE CAN GO BACK TO THE LAND HE COME FROM AND LIVE IN A DAMMM HUT WHARE HE CAME FROM BECOURSE IF HE KEEPS THIS UP HE WILL HAVE A WAR RIGHT HEAR ON AMERICAN SOIL AND ALL OF WE THE POEPLE WILL BE COMEING STRATE TO DC AND THAT WILL BE WARE THE WAR WILL START .WE THE POEPLE ARE GETTING FED UP WITH ALL OF HIS BULL SHIT .WE ARE A FREE POEPLE AND WILL FIGHT TO THE DEATH TO KEEP IT WE DIDE IT ONCE WHEN WE SENT ENGLAND BACK  TO THERE PLACE OF BIRTH  AND WE WILL DAME SURE TO IT TO THIS PEACE OF SHIT  . AS A MAN THAT TOOK THE OATH TO  SERVE THE POEPLE AND TO KEEP THE AMERICANS SAFE HE WILL HAVE A HELL OF A WAR AND THAN HE WILL LEARN THAT HE HAS OPEN UP A CAN OF KICK ASS THAT WILL DESTOY HIS WAY  OF LIFE AS HE HAS NONE  GOD BLESS AND LIVE LONG AND DIE HARD

  • Mona, you've hit the nail square on the head.  It's total BS! It's more of the polically correct nonsense that help get us into the quagmire we're in now. I refuse to participate in this crap. If you get down into the mud and sh*t to play the liberal game, you'll always lose. They have much more experience in wallowing in the crap and I won't play that game.

  • One only has To go to the Goals of the Communists in 1963 to learn the efforts by those Communists who CALL THEMSELVES DEMOCRATS to subvert the very principled efforts of our Founders. I have not lately called up statements by such as Hillary Clinton who spoke of these brave men as nothing more than "fat old ancient men" with "pie in the sky right wing fanaticists"!

    The left has NO allegiance to right and wrong--it doesn't look as if that will change any time in the foreseeable future! We must find new ways to speak these facts to the youth of this country so that they learn the values of Dr. Ben Carson who schooled the President just yesterday at the National Prayer Breakfast!

    The only way we will get out of this mess is to teach them the value of PERSONAL DIGNITY as described by Dr. CARSON in speaking about his uneducated mother!
  • A person needs a conscience and most liberals do not have one. Anything they can rationanize is okay. i.e. abortions are racial genocide, compromising the Constitution, amnesty for criminals, illegal immigration. They have no conscience here or problems with these issues.

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