Carolina Thread Trail 2016 40 – Union County, Waxhaw, North Carolina, November 20, 2016
HOW TO SPEAK REPUBLICAN 04
(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
so they might respond better
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–
though it will take a while
for them to recognize it.