Carolina Thread Trail 2016 40 – Union County, Waxhaw, North Carolina, November 20, 2016


(These posts are inspired by, and grounded in, George Lakoff’s book, “Don’t Think Of An Elephant.” A PDF version is available to be read for free online. Googleit.)

We have to learn to speak Republican,
not to speak to Republicans–
who are insulated in their own
view of reality,
and beyond the reach
of rational discourse–
but to explain what Republicans are saying
to Democrats–
so they might respond better
to conservatives–

and to those who transcend both groups,
and comprise the pivot point,
swinging every election
by the strength of their vote,
or by their failure/refusal to vote at all.

This is the group we have to talk to.
They are the “biconceptuals”–
George Lakoff’s term
for those who use both models,
conservative and progressive
(his “strict father” and “nurturing parent” models),
in different areas of their life.

As we talk with them,
we find where they are nurturing
aspects of their life,
and help them link those interests
with political issues–
and show them how Republican policies and positions
erode their ability to nurture those areas.

In doing so, we provide them with a foundation
for voting with awareness and understanding,
and living the kind of life
it is important to them to live.

And we all win–
even Republicans,
though it will take a while
for them to recognize it.


Old Home Place 1985 von anoldent
Über Flickr:
The summer after I finished school I set off into the mountains of North Carolina to build a log cabin, armed with a few books, and hand tools, but no experiance or skills. I set up my tent and expected it to take six weeks to build. Six months later I still hadn’t finished the chimney or started the roof. But this is what it looked like on a misty November morning a few years later. I lived here for about eight years, and owned it for about fifteen years after I built it in 1976 with local fieldstone and oak logs I cut, peeled and notched on the site, working alone with hand tools. It had no plumbing, I carried water from a nearby spring, and I heated it in winter with about half a cord of wood a week which I cut and burned in the open fireplace. Eventually I moved into Asheville and had to sell it, but it was a large part of my life, and I miss it more with each passing year.

“Leading up to today Water Protectors and Indigenous Peoples at Oceti Sakowin/The Big Camp, have been lighting their traditional dwellings on fire.
This morning, Indigenous Rising spoke with Darren Begay who has been managing the Navajo style structures at Oceti. He told us that as This forced evacuation grew nearer, he consulted with elders from his ancestral lands and they all agreed that based on the behavior of the law enforcement in the past, who during raids have broken and thrown away sacred items and who have shown disregard and horrible disrespect to tipis and sacred dwellings, it is best to burn these scared structures instead of having them desecrated by Morton County and North Dakota law enforcement.
Lighting our dwellings on fire is a sign of respect for them. It’s a sign of respect for the purpose they have served over these past few months. They have been containers for prayer and for brining people together. By lighting them on fire we send their smoke up like prayers. By lighting them on fire we ensure these structures go out in dignity.”

Photo: Liz Mckenzie , Water Protector


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