Republicans: “Their bumper sticker . . . it’s one word: ‘No.’ . . . Our bumper sticker has – it’s just way too many words. And it says, ‘Continued on next bumper sticker.’ “ – Senator Al Franken
Governor Christie can enunciate his position on ARC in a few words, “We can’t afford the cost overruns,” but progressives list many reasons why ARC is essential. He can dismiss women’s healthcare clinics with five words, “We don’t have the money,” whereas, progressives offer five reasons to the contrary. No doubts nor nuances in his mind, Christie just executes a quick visceral punch – a sound bite – that captures support. Senate President Sweeney can also get right to the point as when he said regarding the millionaire’s tax, “Seniors and the disabled are worth fighting for.”
In a recent study in the Journal of Politics researchers from Harvard and UC San Diego hypothesized, “Indivuduals with a genetic predisposition toward seeking out new experiences will tend to be more liberal, but only if they are embedded in a social context that provides them with multiple points of view.” After genetically testing and studying 2,574 people, the researchers determined that it is the interaction of two factors – a dopamine gene variant and the environmental condition of having many friends in adolescence – that is associated with being more liberal. Learning about the genetic aspect is interesting. But it is the co-factor of “multiple points of view” which can often be our curse.
In the current election cycle Tea Party activists reduce the federal healthcare legislation to “socialism.” Obama struggles too hard to emphasize its many advantages, and liberals with multiple points of view mull over its many aspects and bemoan it did not go far enough. In addition to tough economic times, it is our own flailing, complaints and inaction that are leading us toward disappointing midterm results and into next year’s legislative elections.
The liberal in me may want to talk about poverty in NJ and its many causes and solutions, but the realist in me says I have to connect viscerally, not complain, organize others, speak succinctly, and go for the jugular. A friend of mine who years ago used to sell encyclopedias door-to-door loved the idea of his product’s ability to provide people with a vast array of information. However, he was paid on a commission basis, so he quickly learned that information and ideas would only succeed if he could sell them.