from a column in the Independent Weekly by Bob Geary:
Which brings me to the subject of Saturday's "Moral March on Raleigh," which I hope will be massive and a fitting renewal of last year's electrifying Moral Monday protests.
Aside from the wonderfully diverse crowds, the best thing about these events is the re-energizing of the progressive movement—and the claiming of the moral high ground.
I subscribe to the view articulated by George Lakoff, the University of California-Berkeley linguist and cognitive scientist, that progressives do a lousy job of communicating our core values. While we present data and never fail to see the other guy's point of view, conservatives fire away with a righteous moral agenda that, even if people don't buy much or any of it, supplies tremendous emotional power.
No surprise, then, that twice as many Americans call themselves conservative as progressive even when, on issue after issue, more take the progressive position.
Progressives, Lakoff recently said, "don't know about framing, don't know about metaphors, they don't understand the extent to which emotion is rational, they don't understand how vital emotion is. [So] they hide their emotion."
I agree with Lakoff and with Bob Geary on framing political issues.
I plan to be in Raleigh for the March tomorrow. I will be at the Planned Parenthood area. Drop by and say hello.