Key to the concept is that the election should be viewed as part of a movement and not as an isolated campaign. Elections are not a time when our culture is changed, but only a time when our culture is reflected in numbers. The idea is to launch a movement that those inclined to stay at home could find appealing, primarily centered on economic issues. Push gay marriage, abortion and even the environment aside for the next few months and talk jobs and income.
Step One: defeating the GOP will make it easier to reach these goals.
Step Two: forcing the Democrats to become Democrats again.
Here are some suggestions for issues a one night stand campaign might feature:
A foreclosure plan that actually helps homeowners. Among the possibilities: A shared equity program in which the government becomes a co-owner of threatened homes, a govrnment reverse mortgage plan, or settlement programs using local judges.
Getting out of Afghanistan and using the money saved for public works programs in which veterans have the first dibs on jobs.
Repeal of Glass Steagall Act
Criminal prosecution of culpable banks and bankers
There is a huge constituency out there that has been driven into inaction by present conditions and that has been convinced that its real enemies are its real friends. The easiest and most effective way to change American politics is through a movement that helps people make money and then keep it
Putting a limit on credit card interest rates in the single digits
Giving real assistance to small business
Protecting Social Security and Medicare