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December 15, 2004

Anger Management

Football Fans for Truth-- now Football Fans and Beyond -- has a great piece delineating the breadth and intensity of liberal anger:

The San Francisco Chronicle recently reported that the party was seeking advice from George Lakoff, a professor of linguistics and cognitive sciences at the University of California, who argues that the Democrats must develop a message that resonates more deeply with voters. In his latest book ("Don't Think of an Elephant: Know Your Values and Frame the Debate"), Lakoff argues that Democrats should change their words. For example, the deficit should be labeled a "baby tax''; same-sex marriage should be referred to as "the right to marry''; and trial lawyers should instead be called "public protection attorneys." Message: we're angry, but you're so stupid that if we smile and change the vocabulary, you'll go along.

He concludes:

In therapy, the first order of business in treating the Democrats' "post election stress syndrome" should not be coping, but anger management. And that starts with acceptance.

Read the whole thing, as they say.


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