Why we have to reframe the debate
We are dangerously close to losing faith in each other and in the ability of the people of the United States to function together as a society. Our government has been failing, not because government cannot succeed, but because we have lost our ability to envision government succeeding and to articulate why that truly matters.
For fifty years, the anti-government movement has manipulated our thinking by controlling the public debate, framing us as individuals competing in a market and driven by self-interest, instead of what we are: members of a society capable of cooperating for the good of us all.
We have to develop the tools to reframe the entire public debate. Regardless of the results of this election, we have to overthrow the dominating ethos of greed and growing xenophobia in our society and champion a society based on mutual concern and shared progress.
Talking Points: Legitimate Elections
They say “voter fraud.” We say “suppression”. How do people know who’s right? Frame the debate: Give people 5 principles to use to judge for themselves:
- Voting is what makes us free.
- For an election to be legitimate, it must reflect the will of the people.
- Election laws should not suppress more legitimate votes than they prevent illegitimate votes.
- The right to vote is self-evident and inalienable. Everyone who has the right to vote must be able to exercise that right by casting their vote.
- Every vote must be counted, no matter how long it takes.