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November 10, 2004

Stay Out of the Culture War (a cure for the post-election blues)

Barbara Dudley, writing on BlueOregon, offers some sensible advice for progressives of all stripes: BlueOregon: Stay Out of the Culture War.

We should simply refuse to debate the Bible in the political realm. Period. We should talk about civic virtues, and we should make our list now, and use it as relentlessly as the right wing uses guns, god and gays.

Barbara enumerates four key "civic virtues" that we should rally behind:

1. Public education
2. Protection of public health
3. Building a sustainable economy
4. Building respect for taxes

Well worth a read.

Posted by Jon Stahl on November 10, 2004 at 09:45 PM in Policy | Permalink

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Yes, please--argue for "respect for taxes." Please.

Other than that, though, not a bad idea.

Posted by: Timothy | Nov 12, 2004 11:41:33 AM

Taxes are how we pay for fire protection. Taxes are how we pay buses, trains and roads. Taxes are how we pay for schools. Taxes are how we pay for the police. Taxes are how we pay for taking care of the sick and needy. Taxes are the investments we make as a society. I can think of few things *more* worthy of respect.

Posted by: Jon Stahl | Nov 14, 2004 1:00:04 PM

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