Wednesday, November 10, 2004

Framing the Issues

The Republicans have become masters of framing the issues. Their strategies include making certain words and phrases the conventional choice to describe the issue. So, as an example, we all now talk about partial birth abortions, although that is not accurate at all. This something the Democrats have got to learn how to do.


anti-gay = pro-discrimination

pro-life = government control of women

tax reform = economic justice

social security reform = forced savings

social security privatization = shell game

You get the idea.

I'm trying to obtain a copy of George Lakoff's book "Don't Think of an Elephant!"

This, along with Thomas Frank's "What's the Matter with Kansas?" need to drive the progressive agenda.

We have got to figure out why people (moderates) are voting against their own best interests and turn that around.

And let me say now that John Edwards would be great at doing this.


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