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Tuesday, September 21, 2004

Strict father morality indeed

George Lakoff characterizes the conservative viewpoint as one where the metaphor of the strict father dominates.

Today on NPR, they were asking a Bush supporter why he supports Bush, and I swear to God he said that he thought Bush was the man to fight our enemies, because "he won't give them a time-out, but a smack in the mouth."

Yes, terrorists are unruly children and if we just learned to administer corporal punishment....sheesh.....

I have a funny feeling some prominent campaign people on the right have read Lakoff's books and have decided not only to strengthen the "strict father" metaphor but expand it so that the electorate is totally infantalized and can't even comprehend that this isn't how to discipline a kid throwing a temper tantrum in a candy store.

3 Comments:

Blogger Lanoire said...

I swear, image and metaphor is everything to some people, no matter how flawed the images and metaphors are.

9/21/2004

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As Tom Robbins once said (paraphrasing) "It's safer to fool around with a man's wife than with his symbols."

9/21/2004

 
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11/07/2005

 

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