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Although it may not be a word, using “profitize” instead of “privatize” nails the true intentions of the GOP in just three syllables. Through legislation they are trying to inject a layer of profit into part of government they can, doling it off to the “pirate sector.”

ALL PROGRESSIVE TALK SHOW HOSTS NEED TO POPULARIZE THESE TERMS. The Lenz/Rove corporatist spin machine has cost our country so much merely by choosing precise words for followers to parrot. Now it’s our turn. But our attack will be different, because rather than deflect, refute, or ignore the truth, our words will be carefully chosen to accurately reflect the truth. These words will ring true and enhance the power of the concept we are trying to convey.

I’ve been trying to get words and concepts into the progressive dialog for a decade. I wish “Humpty Dubya” had caught on. I tried to take on the blind, bumper sticker patriotism in the early part of the Iraq war by trying to bring focus to Bush and Cheney’s lies with “Support the TRUTH.” I wrote a song that ultimately pinpointed Bush’s true agenda: “No CEO Left Behind.” Now it’s time to recharge our progressive base with clever words for their rallying cries, and give them tangible new ways to deliver them with the curbside activism of miniprotesting. Details on the concept, intent, and uses of miniprotesting can be found at:

http://miniprotests.com

Luckily, some of the old phrases still have some shelf life such as

–using the term FTR as in “final term Repulican” as a label to place on GOP lawmakers when they lie, mislead, show their corporatist enslavement, or just venture into wackadoodle land. FTR should be a brand on Republicans who never stray from voting party lines, ignoring their conscience and constituents. We need to remind them that they’ve stayed that course too long, and in their next election they’ll be sucked down the drain in the GOP WHIRLPOOL OF LIES.

–Nero cons. A perfect mental image for the GOP agenda

–Republo-fascists. Although Democrats are not guilt-free in this, the primary feeding frenzy at the corporate trough has been among Republicans. Their outsourcing, deregulating, union shredding, tax dodging, propagandizing ways would’ve made Mussolini proud.

Rephrasing the argument in our favor is just the beginning. We also need to find ways to get conservatives to ask themselves questions where their own answers will lead them to validating our agenda. We will put the GOP into the dumpster if we can get Donny Dittohead to ponder:

–Just who is the GOP looking out for, CEOs or me?

–How many lies will it take for me to question my party’s motives, integrity, and sincerity? Am I reaching my tipping point?

–Are the actions and legislation of Republicans truly reflecting the Christian values I hold in my own life?

–With their blatant hypocrisy, why do Republicans operate as if they think I’m too dumb to notice?

which leads to the logical conclusion of:

–If they don’t respect my intelligence, and my unflappable support is taken for granted, aren’t I merely being used?

Now to set the stage so these questions can rise in the minds of conservative voters, you have to put them in the context of an issue, vote, or statement. There are thousands to choose from of course, but it’s best to take their rallying cries such as big government, tax cuts, and social programs and use them against them. And use the Socratic method on them such as:

–“You know that Exxon/Mobile paid no income tax on $42 billion in profits last year because they have an offshore mailing address. In December, 2010, during the lame duck session of Congress the Democrats tried to push through legislation to close that loophole but the Republicans filibustered it. Collecting these tax revenues seems only fair, really, and aren’t Republicans trying to find ways to reduce our deficit? Why would they strike down that opportunity?”

–“There’s a Supreme Court justice who failed to report hundreds of thousands of dollars of his wife’s income for at least the last six years. He checked the box on his tax returns that said, “Spouse has no independent income.” Do you think you’d be able to get away with that? It’s Justice Thomas, and his wife has received six figure payments from conservative organizations like the Heritage Foundation. He amended all the tax returns the day after this story broke, and paid all the back taxes. Sounds like the actions of a guilty man, doesn’t it? Not only that, but because of Thomas’ vote on the Citizen’s United case allowing for corporate personhood in the context of campaign donations, the entities that Mrs. Thomas worked with directly benefited. Shouldn’t that be cause for a justice to recuse himself? Isn’t that a conflict of interest? It seems like not declaring this income is a way of shielding that conflict of interest link, right?”

There’s so much truth out there, and almost all of it is on our side. We can’t wait for pivotal meltdowns by Rush or Beck, we have to take control of the Word Wars now on our own. Let these ideas be part of that process.

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Next week’s GOP debate will see the debut of a ninth candidate who could prove stiff competition to the Republicans vying for the party’s presidential nomination. In a surprise move, Big Bird has thrown his sizable hat into the ring, and he should become an immediate frontrunner on the basis of his huge advantage in favorable approval ratings.

With his towering stature, Romney is already at a loss to figure out how he can go nose to nose with him. With Big Bird’s charming good looks, Backmann is terrified at losing her modest edge in visual appeal. And with the newcomer’s affable demeanor, Cain’s only chance for success, his folksy appeal, will be overshadowed.

In perceived intelligence, Big Bird fits in roughly in the middle of the field. But with his straightforward albeit simplistic delivery, Gingrich is worried that his meandering, overreaching spins will lose their impact when compared to his new foe.

All eight GOP presidential hopefuls have much to fear when the ninth podium is added next week. Big Bird always keeps his cool, totally unflappable. He’s so much more likable than the current eight.

The big question for Big Bird is how can he land the Republican vote without an undercurrent of hate, which has been the driving force behind conservative dogma for so long. Clearly he is the best to embody the late, great Ronald Reagan, but despite all the recent GOP praise over the iconic president it’s hard to say whether the Republican rank and file are ready to return to that style of leadership. Hate and derision have been the main tools of the tea party surge, and virtually every candidate has made sure that his or her patriotism is based on that.

Of course, President Obama will be overjoyed to see the newest potential challenger steal the spotlight. Perry will be clearly overmatched, and the luster will fade quickly for the current frontrunner.

Another factor with Big Bird is that he will be recognized as a strong proponent of education, and vilifying that vocation in his presence will be hard for anyone behind a podium. That exposes another danger the new candidate brings: logic. There is no greater diffuser of disjointed rhetoric. If logic catches on, most of what the other eight say will have the staying power of dandelions before a fire hose. Although the GOP base, particularly in tea party circles, may be scared or unsettled by proven logic, it could be an unforeseen weapon if presented by the right candidate. Imagine the befuddlement of Rove and Luntz if logic would become something that the current brood of candidates must instill within their talking points.

Next week the GOP will know that there’s a new sheriff in town, and their days of playing loose with the truth will be numbered. And the new guy has no weak spots. Without genitalia, there can be none of the traditional Republican illicit cavorting to expose. There are no embarrassing clips of unpopular positions on issues to highlight in TV ads. Their only hope is to best him on stage and only Romney and Paul have the tools to do that. But they can’t be too harsh on him, because all the big guy has to do is let his big feathered head drop to his chest like a sad puppy and he’ll add the sympathy vote to his skyrocketing popularity.

Rest assured, the GOP frontrunners won’t take this new rival lightly. Still, there are rumors of yet another candidate in the wings, being readied for political battle by the big-oil Koch brothers if they see their influence compromised. Although there may be a potential problem with questions of his citizenship, the billionaires are ready to throw the Tasmanian Devil’s hat into the ring. And that’s a good place for it, because he could never keep it on his head anyway. Taz has the perfect demeanor and decorum for today’s Republican party, because rabidity is so en vogue. Although the Koch brothers have their tentacles on most of the field already, if Big Bird makes as big a splash as they fear, Taz will be their ace in the hole.

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