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Response to drm604 (Reply #18)

Tue Feb 21, 2017, 08:55 PM

19. read it years ago...

I read it back in 04... and for a while I used to post at the Rockridge forum until they closed it in early 05. I wanted to push the meme that the income tax should be reframed as the Opportunity Tax... that a strongly progressive tax "taxed" opportunity.

Lakoff's right that Dems need to know their values... to which I'd add we can know one's values by what they pursue and we can determine a hierarchy of what's valued more. For example I'd argue even liberal Dems don't value democratic principles because if they did they'd take the simple step of defining them... simple values such as there must be civic equality in the vote where all votes weigh the same in terms of representation. But that conflicts with the Civic Religion that we have a federal system that we dare not criticize. So what do even liberal Dems really value between those choices?

So absent from ANY Democratic vision for the US certainly doesn't include finally making the US Democratic. They may not care about the moral legitimacy of government and the right of citizens to vote their conscience and get representation... but man, they certainly can get worked up about bathrooms!

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