"I love your site. It's not just wordsmithing, it gives ideas around the words." ~ Jonathan Haidt, author of "The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion"

Corporate Socialism a proven failure; Democratic Socialism a proven success — rebalancing our economy is essential

[Editor's note: This post originally ran in 2012. We are reviving it at this time in conjunction with Bernie Sanders' call for an economy that works for everyone. We hope it sheds some light on why thinking about the economy in the right way matters when it comes to developing...

Even Lincoln Warned Us Not To Surrender Our Political Power To Corporations

[Editor's note: This post originally ran in January 2013. We are reviving it at this time in conjunction with Bernie Sanders' call to take back our government from the billionaires and corporations that now control it. We hope it sheds some light on how long this insidious problem has haunted...

The Problem With Prison Profitization: People Suffer Serious Horrors For The Sake Of A Buck

[Editor's note: This post originally ran in 2012. We are reviving it at this time in conjunction with Bernie Sanders' call for an end to for-profit prisons in America. We hope it sheds some light on why this practice is the antithesis of everything a free America is supposed to...

Founding Fathers Appalled At Attacks On Free Public Education

[Editor's note: This post originally ran in May 2012. We are reviving it at this time in conjunction with Bernie Sanders' call for a free public college education for all. We hope it sheds some light on why this not only isn't a radical idea, but is one deeply rooted...

Recipe For Successful Messaging

Explainer.jpgRecipe for Success: How to Explain Why Money in Politics is a Problem and Inspire Action

In 2010, the U.S. Supreme Court changed the landscape of campaign finance when it opened the doors to unlimited anonymous donations by corporations and wealthy donors in Citizens United v. FEC.  As a result, this election cycle has seen unprecedented sums of cash pour in from undisclosed sources.  You can view a well-sourced summary on the issue with examples from Ohio here.

There are a number of groups organizing to fight back against the corruption of our political system, and some of the messaging they have come up with is both clever and informative, no small feat given the complex concepts involved.  It’s difficult to explain the problem in a simple, effective, entertaining way, but they’ve managed to do it.

Here are some of the highlights, to give you some ideas on how to talk about Citizens United and the undue influence all this money from corporations and the wealthy has on our elections, and to hopefully inspire you to create powerful, effective messaging on the issues that YOU care about.

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Why The Winning Words Project?

Because there is a compelling need to respond with moral strength in support of progressive policies that have been falsely defined by the GOP for decades. The Left, and Progressives in particular, have allowed ourselves to become defined by the Right, and they are ratcheting up the rhetoric with abandon in this election. It's imperative that we define ourselves, and that we do so the right way.

We have allowed our American political discourse to become corrupted with faleshoods and deceptions.

For decades the agenda of the political dialog has been set by the right wing messaging machine.

This has been literally a war of words, with the right wing not just presenting positions for our rational consideration, but using carefully-crafted word choice to mold our very assumptions about government. For example, taxes are nothing more than the nation's income—and ultimately, an investment in America itself—intended to be divvied up among those who benefit from that investment and based on an individual's, family's, or corporation's income. But the right wing has convinced everyone—unfortunately including our Democratic leaders—that simply talking about the need to increase our nation's income, aka raising taxes, will cause lost jobs and economic calamity.

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