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Which party has a message?

This was originally posted July 4, 2018.

Political pundits have been saying that Democrats lack a “message.” This is a Republican talking point, but too many Democrats and progressives repeat it. If it means that Democrats don’t deliver simplistic, dishonest, manipulative talking points, we plead guilty. But if it means that Democrats don’t make it clear that they stand for what most Americans believe, it’s nonsense. Review this comparison of the two parties. Which one speaks for you?

THE DEMOCRATIC MESSAGE:THE OTHER PARTY’S MESSAGE:
A woman has the right to control her bodyWomen’s rights to birth control and abortion should be restricted by legislators, most of whom are men
We must act now to limit the effects of climate changeDeny climate change, refuse to make any efforts to combat it
We can and should provide health care for every American at a reasonable costCut funding for health care, leaving only those who can afford to pay insured
Every child has the right to an excellent public educationCut funding for public schools, favor private schools for those who can afford them
We can reduce gun violence without abridging the rights of law-abiding peopleThe Second Amendment requires that we let anyone have as many lethal weapons as he or she wants
We should treat immigrants with courtesy and respectTreat immigrants as enemies and criminals, separate children from their parents
Every citizen should be able to voteImpose restrictions to prevent poor and minority voters from voting
Working people have the right to organize to improve their working conditionsDestroy or diminish unions’ ability to help workers
America works best when it works for everyone, not just the rich and powerfulGiant tax breaks for the rich, higher taxes and fewer benefits for working people
We should work with our allies and negotiate with our adversaries to ensure peaceGive in to Russia and North Korea while disrespecting our allies
Welcome progressFan the flames of fear
President Obama made us proud to be AmericansDonald Trump is an embarrassment to most Americans, including many Republicans

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