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26th-Nov-2007 06:18 pm
GOP Elephant
Responding to Conservative Name-Calling
by george_at_rockridge
How can we respond to conservative attacks on our patriotism?

We were recently asked how to respond when confronted with the attack, "Aw you liberals just hate America."

This is name-calling with a destructive (and false) frame. There are times when it is necessary to have a retort, not for its own sake, but to allow you to shift the frame and say a lot more on any one of many topics. The replacement frame should express progressive views while revealing key truths hidden by the original frame. Here is one strategy:

"Aw you liberals just hate America."

No. We love democracy and we want to return it to America.
   You want a presidential dictator.
We love liberty and we want to return it to America.
   You want to tap our phones.
We love equality and we want to return it to America.
    You think some people are better than others.
We love honesty and we want to return it to America.
    You love lobbyists and corruption.
We love fairness and we want to return it to America.
    You want to oppress the powerless.
We love openness and we want to return it to America.
    You love secrecy and hiding the facts.
We love nature's glory and we want to return it to America.
    You love the profit that comes from destroying nature.
We love community and we want to return it to America.
    You want everyone to fend for himself.
We love public education and we want to return it to America.
    You want to destroy public education.
We love civilian control of the military and we want to return it to America.
    You want to militarize America.
And on and on...
Comments 
27th-Nov-2007 01:23 am (UTC)
It's hard to argue (and not look like a jackass) when no one's put you on the defensive. I like this.
27th-Nov-2007 04:22 am (UTC)
These are all good...but they could be tweaked to make them even better.

Conservative Republicans mastered the art of using common language to paint imagery glorifying themselves and their philosphy while simultaneously belittling and stereotyping those who disagree AND those who are "not them". They did that by talking the talk of Joe Sixpack when he runs into friends at Wal-Mart and Home Depot...by avoiding "loaded" language...and by twisting the apolitical/aphilosophical into an on-going flag-draped cheerleading session for conservatives only.

So, in order to make the progressive offensive stick...and to turn it into conservatives going on the defense...it HAS to avoid the big words (e.g. "militarize America") in favor of common language (e.g. "You want to have America turned into a military state....") and avoid loaded words like "oppress" that automatically tune many people out...instead, use common language like "You want to keep the powerful powerful and keep the powerless powerless."
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