As we work to unite this district there are liberal groups attempting to drive us apart and bully us into supporting their extreme agenda.–Tom Reed
George Lakoff suggests that progressives “frame the debate” by choosing positive language. For example, he suggests using “protect” instead of “regulate.” Of course Tom Reed and Donald Trump know to do this too. Also, what works best isn’t always clear–is it right to speak of “corporate welfare?” Sometimes it fails–President Obama’s judicious reluctance to associate ISIS with Islam was blown away by Trump’s reckless intent to do just that.
Many ideas are popular when put into a positive context: universal background checks, medical marijuana, examine Trump’s tax returns. I thought about other examples of positive and negative concepts from a progressive perspective. Here is my list:
|Protection||Regulation||George Lakoff’s example|
|Alternate Facts||Fake News||Fake news was first pro-Trump propaganda, now anything he doesn’t like.|
|Affordable health care||Obamacare||The GOP intended “Obamacare” to be derogatory, but ???|
|Prisons for profit||Private prisons|
|School lunch||Free lunch||Betsy DeVos|
|Environmental Protection||EPA overreach|
|Religious freedom||Islamic terrorism|
|Concerned citizen||Extreme Ithaca Liberal|
|Ithaca/Tompkins County||???||What else can we call it?|
|Muslim Ban||Keep us safe|
|Ignores constituents||Listens to constituents||“I think the president is doing great work in the sense of listening to the people.”–Tom Reed|
|Not sure||Make America Great Again||Make America think again?|
Did I include some inappropriate examples? Did I miss some important ones? What do readers think?