I have mentioned, more than once, George Lakoff’s frustration with Democrats for failing to own the framing of issues. I know a lot of people think he is long-winded (yes, he rants), and that a linguist has no business commenting on politics. Actually, in European culture, traditional linguistic analysis began with the ancient Greeks exactly because they had a democratic political system. How did you think the candidates figured out which speeches worked best and why?
As I was perusing the newsfeeds, I noticed that articles about this decision are using the term “marriage equality.” This is the Democratic frame. It would be easier for Republicans to argue against “gay marriage.” It is a lot harder for them to “come out” against equality. 🙂
The Democrats own this one. We finally won the framing contest! George Lakoff, this Bud’s for you!
Hillary takes the wheel and drives this one…
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