Liberals Asked to Choose 'Positive, Three-Point Agenda'

July 7, 2008 - 7:31 PM

(CNSNews.com) - A liberal advocacy group is asking its members to choose three "big, positive ideas" to form its platform for the midterm elections in November.

MoveOn.org said nearly 10,000 people gathered in living rooms and dining rooms across the nation last week "to talk about the goals we share for our country."

The group said "thousands of inspiring" ideas poured in -- and now it's time for MoveOn members to choose three ideas "that we most want to focus on together in 2006."

MoveOn.org is asking its members to vote on the following ten options, which it described as the most popular ideas from last week's house parties:

A living wage for all
Global leadership through diplomacy
Verifiable, accurate elections
High quality education for all
Balanced federal budget
Health care for all
Publicly funded elections
Preserve our natural resources
Energy independence: clean, renewable sources
Restored constitutional rights

The online voting closes at 11:59 p.m. Wednesday and the official results will be announced on Thursday morning, the group said.

After that, MoveOn.org said it would launch a campaign "to spread the word about the three positive ideas you select. Then, all year, we'll look for key opportunities to work together to turn these ideas into reality."

The idea, the group said, is to "show the nation what we're for, not just what we're against." The group assured members that the "new positive agenda" won't be its only focus: "Together we'll still work to bring the troops home from Iraq and stand firm against radical Republican initiatives."

MoveOn.org said it wants every voter to understand "what progressives will do for our country -- and 3 big ideas is about as many as most of us can easily remember at one time."

It's about "focus," the group said: "We can only fight so many battles and together we must pick which ones to put first."

Republicans (and various political analysts) repeatedly have accused Democrats of failing to advance a coherent political agenda for the midterm elections.

MoveOn.org apparently has decided not to wait for the Democrats but to "move on" by itself.

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